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The Daily TIP: In State of the Union, Trump Condemns Iran, Decries Anti-Semitism, Recalls WWII Heroism

Posted by Tip Staff - February 06, 2019

In State of the Union, Trump Condemns Iran, Decries Anti-Semitism, Recalls WWII Heroism
U.S. Announces It Will Buy Israel's Iron Dome Anti-Rocket Defense Systems
UN Rights Council Preparing to Once Again Single Out Israel for Condemnation
2019 Begins with Burst of Investments in Israeli Startups


In State of the Union, Trump Condemns Iran, Decries Anti-Semitism, Recalls WWII Heroism

United States President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and branded the Islamic Republic “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism” in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night, JNS reported.

“The radical regime in Iran is a radical regime, they do bad, bad things,” said Trump in front of a joint session of Congress. “To ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.”

The President observed that “last fall we put in place the toughest sanctions ever imposed on us by a country,” adding, “We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants ‘death to America’ and threatens genocide against the Jewish people.”

In his speech, Trump also sought to highlight the threat posed by rising levels of anti-Semitism. Three months after the killing of 11 Jewish worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue by a neo-Nazi gunman, the President vowed: “We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism or those who spread its venomous creed. One voice must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.”

“SWAT Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire and was shot seven times chasing down the killer. Timothy has just had his 12th surgery — but he made the trip to be here with us tonight. Officer Matson: we are forever grateful for your courage in the face of evil,” Trump continued.

He also hailed the role played by U.S. soldiers in liberating Europe from Nazism. “Here with us tonight are three of those heroes: Private First Class Joseph Reilly, Staff Sergeant Irving Locker, and Sergeant Herman Zeitchik. Gentlemen, we salute you,” Trump said.

In the most emotional moment of the speech, Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman, a former inmate in the Dachau concentration camp, was reunited with Sergeant Zeitchick, who was part of the U.S. command that liberated the camp in April 1945.

Read more at The Tower.



U.S. Announces It Will Buy Israel's Iron Dome Anti-Rocket Defense Systems

The United States Army announced on Wednesday that it will purchase an unspecified number of Israel's Iron Dome short-range missile defense systems from state-owned developer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

Globes reported that this is the first-ever export deal for Iron Dome agreed to by Israel.

"The Iron Dome will be assessed and experimented as a system that is currently available to protect deployed U.S. military service members against a wide variety of indirect fire threats and aerial threats," U.S. Army Col. Patrick Seiber said in a statement.

"While Iron Dome has been in operational use by the Israeli Air Force since 2011 and proven effective in combat, it should be noted that the U.S. Army will assess a variety of options for its long-term IFPC solution," the statement continued.

Rafael confirmed the deal without providing further details. Globes reported in September that intensive negotiations were underway between the U.S. Army and Israel's Ministry of Defense on the procurement of Iron Dome.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as Defense Minister, hailed the announcement as “a great achievement for Israel and another manifestation of the deepening of our steadfast alliance with the US, and an expression of Israel’s rising status in the world."

Alongside the Arrow-2, Arrow-3, and David’s Sling systems, the Iron Dome is part of Israel’s layered aerial defense system, which is being developed in coordination with the United States. While the Iron Dome provides protection from short-range threats, the Arrow and David’s Sling systems guard against mid- and long-range missiles. Together, these systems aim to provide Israel with a protective umbrella to counter all forms of ballistic threats.

Read more at The Tower.



UN Rights Council Preparing to Once Again Single Out Israel for Condemnation

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is set to disproportionately single out Israel in the body’s upcoming 40th meeting in Geneva, which will take place from February 25 to March 22, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

Of a list of 79 reports to be dealt with, seven separate papers blast Israel’s conduct, including during the Hamas-orchestrated Gaza border riots that have taken place since March 2018. No other country has as many reports against it.

In comparison, not a single report is expected to address China’s crackdown on Muslims. The UN learned last year that up to one million Uyghur and Turkic Muslims could be being detained in the western Xinjiang region, where they're said to be undergoing "re-education" programs.

Only two reports each address Iran and Syria, criminal regimes that are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. Additional reports will examine Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia.

The UNHRC has not yet published a list of resolutions that the Council will vote on, the majority based on those reports. However, the body is likely to continue its discriminatory treatment of Israel.

UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer told the Post that he estimates that the UNHRC will vote on at least five anti-Israel resolutions.

“With an unprecedented amount of seven reports and five resolutions, the UN is planning to attack Israel – more than any other country in the world – at its upcoming 40th Human Rights Council session in March, when it devotes an entire agenda item and day to scapegoating the Jewish state,” said Neuer.

Read more at The Tower.



2019 Begins with Burst of Investments in Israeli Startups

January 2019 saw a lot of investment activity involving Israeli companies, although no triple-digit investments were posted.

The biggest round for the month was $55 million raised by cybersecurity company Cato Networks from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Aspect Ventures, Greylock Partners, Singtel Innov8 Ventures and USVP Management Company LLC. Tel Aviv-based Cato was founded in 2015 and reports a customer base of over 300 enterprises.

Tel Aviv-based cannabis inhaler developer Syqe Medical raised $50 million from Shavit Capital, PRM Holdings, Martin Bauer Group and another unnamed investor.

EarlySense of Ramat Gan completed a $39 million financing round, with the majority of the funding coming from Hill-Rom, the world’s leading hospital bed manufacturer, and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. Additional funding came from BlueRed Capital, Israel Innovation Fund, Argos Capital, Hotung Capital, Pitango Venture Capital and JK&B Venture Capital.

EarlySense, which makes a continuous sensing and predictive analytics product for hospital beds, marked 10,000 installed systems and more than one million patients monitored.

TytoCare, a telehealth company in Netanya whose proprietary devices enable remote physical examinations, extended its oversubscribed 2018 Series C funding round to add key strategic investors, bringing the total funds raised to $33.5 million. With investors including Ping An Global Voyager Fund, Shenzhen Capital Group of China, Japan’s Itochu, and Sanford Health of the US, Tyto is looking toward expanding its reach in both the United States and Asia.

Drone technology pioneer Flytrex of Tel Aviv raised $7.5 million in Series B funding from Benhamou Global Ventures and Btov Partners. Flytrex provides drone delivery services in Iceland and North Dakota, and will be part of the US Federal Aviation Authority’s Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program in North Carolina.

(via Israel21c)


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