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The Daily TIP: In UN Speech, Netanyahu Reveals Iranian Nuclear Site, Blasts Abbas for Hypocrisy

Posted by Tip Staff - September 27, 2018

In UN Speech, Netanyahu Reveals Iranian Nuclear Site, Blasts Abbas for Hypocrisy
Netanyahu, Sisi Meet Publicly at UN, Discuss Peace Prospects
Expert: Trump Must Insist on Total Cutoff of Iranian Banks for Sanctions to be Effective
Two Israeli Startups, Sisense and MeMed, Announce Multi-Million Dollar Investments

In UN Speech, Netanyahu Reveals Iranian Nuclear Site, Blasts Abbas for Hypocrisy

In a forty-minute speech addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the presence of another undeclared Iranian nuclear site, and blasted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for hypocrisy, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

At the beginning of the speech, Netanyahu revealed that Iran had a second nuclear facility hidden in Iran, near the archive from which Israeli commandoes recovered a half ton of nuclear documentation in January. The new facility, according to Netanyahu, is used for "storing massive amounts of equipment and material from Iran’s secret weapons program.”

The reason Iran still had those facilities even after the 2015 nuclear deal "is because it is not finished with them.”

The Israeli Prime Minister also accused European leaders of appeasement regarding Iran. “The same week Iran was caught red-handed for trying to murder European citizens," Netanyahu recalled, "European leaders were laying out the red carpet for President Rouhani, pledging to give them more money.” He urged European leaders to join with the United States, Israel, and the Arab world in supporting stronger sanctions against Iran.

As a result of the Iranian threat, Netanyahu noted, Israel has experienced, "intimacy and friendship that I have not seen in my lifetime” with its Arab neighbors. "Israel," he said, "deeply values these new friendships, and I hope the day will soon arrive when Israel will extend a formal peace, beyond Egypt and Jordan, to other Arab nations, including the Palestinians.”

However, he reserved sharp words for Abbas, who had spoken earlier in the day. While Abbas had claimed that the PA "resisted" Israel by "only peaceful means. We never use violence," Netanyahu charged that the PA was, in fact, promoting terror. "They more they slay, the more you pay. And you condemn Israel’s morality? You call Israel racist? This is not the way to peace,” the prime minister said.

In the end, Netanyahu praised the United States, especially President Donald Trump and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, "for the support they provide to Israel at the United Nations.”

Netanyahu, Sisi Meet Publicly at UN, Discuss Peace Prospects

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a resumption of Israel-Palestinian peace talks in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, The Algemeiner reported.

The meeting between the two leaders took place hours after United States President Donald Trump voiced his support for the two-state solution in front of the full assembly. Echoing the president’s sentiment, the Egyptian leader called for “a just and a comprehensive solution based on a two-state solution.”

The Trump administration is currently drawing up a regional peace plan, backed by Arab states, to end the deadlock in the peace negotiations. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been suspended since 2014 and efforts to revive them have not been successful.

While Israel has agreed to engage with the U.S. and Arab allies in formulating the plan, the Palestinian leadership has categorically boycotted any efforts by the Trump administration and refuses to negotiate with the White House’s Middle East team.

During the two-hour meeting between al-Sisi and Netanyahu, the Egyptian leader "stressed the importance of resuming the negotiations between the two sides, the Palestinians and the Israelis, to reach a just and a comprehensive solution based on a two-state solution and in accordance with the international treaties.”

On Thursday, Israel’s Delek Group announced, together with Egyptian company East, that they would buy into a pipeline that would enable a landmark $15 billion natural gas export deal to begin next year.

Netanyahu and al-Sisi met in public for the first time in 2017.

Expert: Trump Must Insist on Total Cutoff of Iranian Banks for Sanctions to be Effective

United States President Donald Trump must be willing, for sanctions to effectively change Iran's destabilizing behavior, to sanction the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), if it maintains connections with sanctioned Iranian banks in November, Richard Goldberg, a senior adviser at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, argued in an op-ed published Wednesday in the New York Post.

SWIFT is an organization that carries messages back and forth between banks. If it does not disconnect access from Iranian banks after November, when the U.S. re-imposes banking sanctions, European nations will be able to sidestep those sanctions by enabling deals between European banks and sanctioned Iranian banks through SWIFT.

In 2012, Congress passed a law allowing the president to sanction members of SWIFT, who violated U.S. sanctions. These sanctions, which Goldberg helped design as a top aide to then-Sen. Mark Kirk (R - Ill.), cut off Iran's central bank and helped force Iran to negotiate. However, as part of the nuclear deal, Iranian banks once again had access to SWIFT, and Western leverage to force Iran to negotiate or compromise was lost.

"President Trump doesn’t need more information to determine whether Iran’s leaders finance illicit activities," Goldberg wrote. "He already knows they do. What he needs is maximum pressure to stop them."

The U.S. Treasury Department has been effective in letting financial institutions around the world know that doing business with Iran will subject them to U.S. sanctions. If it would not treat SWIFT the same way, Treasury "would risk undermining its own credibility."

If President Trump wants an effective sanctions policy, Goldberg argued, he must insist that SWIFT cut off Iranian banks in November.

Two Israeli Startups, Sisense and MeMed, Announce Multi-Million Dollar Investments

Two Israeli companies have made a big splash in the fundraising world this month.

On September 12, Sisense closed an $80 million investment led by New-York based Insight Venture Partners. On September 21, MeMed Diagnostics completed a $70 million funding round.

Sisense makes a business intelligence hybrid-cloud solution covering everything from data preparation and mashup to discovery of insights that can be embedded and consumed on the web and mobile, in dedicated apps and products, via voice or chat, using natural human language or IoT devices.

Sisense has a New York headquarters, and Ramat Gan (near Tel Aviv), Kiev, Tokyo, Arizona and London offices. Current major investors include Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, DFJ Venture Capital, Genesis Partners and Opus Capital. Clients include such companies as GE, Nasdaq, Philips, Oppenheimer, TIAA, Rolls Royce, Air Canada, Accenture and Mazda.

MeMed Diagnostics’ new round of financing comes from new and existing investors including Ping An Global Voyager Fund, Foxconn, Caesarea Medical Holdings, Clal Insurance, Phoenix Insurance, OurCrowd, Social Capital, WTI, Horizons Ventures, and “high-net-worth executives” who were not named.

The proceeds are earmarked to advance market adoption and further clinical validation of MeMed BV, a breakthrough immune-system-based test for distinguishing between bacterial and viral infections; to complete development, upscale manufacturing and clearance of MeMed Key, a point-of-care protein measurement platform; and to expand MeMed’s pipeline of innovative tests that integrate machine learning and immune-based measurements to tackle big clinical challenges.

(via Israel21c)

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