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The Daily TIP: In Wake of Renewed Sanctions, Senior UAE Official Slams Hamas over “Solidarity” with Iran

Posted by Tip Staff - November 07, 2018

In Wake of Renewed Sanctions, Senior UAE Official Slams Hamas over “Solidarity” with Iran
Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi Exchange Warm Greetings Ahead of Diwali Festival of Lights
Israel Sets Tourism Record for Most Visitors in October 2018
Israeli Startup, Healthymize, Wins $75k Award from Henry Ford Health System

In Wake of Renewed Sanctions, Senior UAE Official Slams Hamas over “Solidarity” with Iran

Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that Hamas was a “tool” of Iran in the region, and that its expression of solidarity with the Islamic Republic cannot contribute to efforts towards the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Hamas’s solidarity with the Iranian government does not take into consideration the Gulf and Arab anxiety over Tehran’s regional interference,” Gargash tweeted Tuesday evening. “It is unnecessary. It pushes the Palestinian issue into a maze and confirms the opinion that the movement, in its orientation, is nothing more than an Iranian regional tool.”

Hamas, the Islamist terror group which exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip, had earlier in the week voiced their support for the regime in Tehran in the face of a fresh wave of U.S. sanctions, targeting Iran’s banking, oil and energy sectors.

Hamas condemned Washington’s reimposition of sanctions on Monday, which it said seek “to destabilize security and stability in the region…and strengthen the Zionist project,” and affirmed its “solidarity with Iran’s government and people.” The Times reported that Hamas officials made several visits to Iran and met senior members of the Iranian regime over the past 18 months.

A spokesman for Hamas, Sami Abu Zuhri, later attacked the UAE for their “abnormal” comments and criticized them for hosting Israeli officials in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The UAE, alongside the majority of Sunni Muslim states in the region, vehemently opposes Iran and its support for armed proxies throughout the Middle East. The Iranian regime, meanwhile, faces heightened pressure at home, as more Iranians are using social media to express anger at the regime for spending billions of dollars on regional proxy wars and supporting terrorist groups, instead of investing it in the country’s collapsing economy.

Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi Exchange Warm Greetings Ahead of Diwali Festival of Lights

Ahead of Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, exchanged warm greetings on social media, The Algemeiner reported Tuesday.

Netanyahu wrote on Twitter in Hindi: “On behalf of the people of Israel, I would like to wish my dear friend @narendramodi and the people of India a joyous Diwali.” The prime minister added: “May this luminous festival of lights bring you happiness and prosperity. Reply to this tweet with the name of the city where you’re celebrating!”

In return, Modi retweeted the message, called Netanyahu a friend, and promised to share photos when he will celebrate the festival with Indian soldiers.

“Bibi, my friend, thank you so much for the Diwali wishes,” Modi tweeted in Hebrew. “Every year, I visit our border areas and surprise our troops. This year too, will spend Diwali with our brave troops. Spending time with them is special. I will share photos of the same tomorrow evening.”

Netanyahu and Modi have met on numerous occasions and established a close personal relationship. In July 2017, Modi kicked off his three-day trip to Israel, the first-ever by an Indian head of government, which was described by Netanyahu has “historic.” The Israeli leader toured the Indian subcontinent this past January.

Last year, Israel and India celebrated the 25th anniversary of the official establishment of diplomatic relations. Ties between the two countries have flourished in numerous realms in recent years.

Israel Sets Tourism Record for Most Visitors in October 2018

A report released by the Tourism Ministry on Monday revealed that Israel’s tourism industry continues to break records with more tourists visiting the Jewish State in October 2018 than ever before, totaling about 486,000 registered entries to the country.

Globes reported that this represents a 19% increase over April 2018 numbers, which held the previous record for tourist entrances, and a 14% increase from October of last year. 300,000 of the tourists visiting Israel in October came from European countries, 43,300 from Russia, 41,200 from France, 38,000 from Germany, and 26,200 from the UK.

“The month of October breaks a historic record with an astonishingly unprecedented figure of almost half a million tourists who arrived in Israel in one month,” said Israeli Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin.

“Incoming tourism contributes significantly to both Israel’s economy and, no less importantly, to its image,” added Levin. “I am convinced that we will continue to see the sharp rise in the number of tourists arriving in Israel, and we will end the year with another record.”

According to the report, 3.4 million tourists visited Israel in the period of January to October 2018. They spent an average of eight days in the country. Israel had a record-breaking 3.836 million tourists last year and 3.069 million tourists in 2016.

Ben Gurion Airport also opened a new wing earlier this year, allowing it to handle 1,800 more passengers per hour. This expanded capacity has put Israel's international airport on track to rank as one of the world's busiest airports next year.

Israeli Startup, Healthymize, Wins $75k Award from Henry Ford Health System

An Israeli startup that can detect subtle voice changes in order to flag health issues like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, and pneumonia won first place in the Henry Ford Health System’s Increasing Patient and Caregiver Engagement to Reduce Readmission Challenge.

The startup, Healthymize, has a smartphone app that listens for negative breathing patterns, a particular kind of cough or deterioration in a caller’s rate of speech and compares that with a baseline of previously recorded calls. If it hears something suspicious, the app alerts the patient and medical caregiver.

That can be especially important for COPD patients since most don’t contact their physician when symptoms begin, but rather wait four or more days. Yet every 24-hour delay doubles the risk of hospitalization, stresses Dr. Shady Hassan, the company’s CEO and cofounder.

Henry Ford issued the challenge as part of its Global Technology Development Program, which has been underway in Israel since 2017. The program aims to identify cutting-edge healthcare technologies, then co-develop and launch them in the U.S. healthcare market.

Healthymize beat out nearly 50 other applicants for the top spot, which includes a $75,000 research and development grant.

“If we detect changes in health conditions before they become serious, we can reduce hospitalization and readmission rates significantly,” said Mark Coticchia, VP and chief innovation officer for Henry Ford Health System, which runs six hospitals in Detroit, Michigan.

“Healthymize has the potential to expand and detect other health-related concerns, such as heart disease and mental health issues,” added Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, CEO of the Henry Ford Innovation Institute and Surgeon-in-Chief at Henry Ford Hospital.

In 2017, Healthymize won the mHealth startup competition in Israel and the Ministry of Health’s Leading Healthcare Initiative contest.

(via Israel21c)

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