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The Daily TIP: Intelligence Agency of German State of Bavaria Concludes that Iran Still Seeking WMD

Posted by Tip Staff - July 03, 2018

Intelligence Agency of German State of Bavaria Concludes that Iran Still Seeking WMD
Knesset Overwhelmingly Passes Bill Deducting Payments to Terrorists from PA Aid
Following International Outcry, Poland Amends Controversial Holocaust Law
Israelis Reach Out, Offering Aid and Comfort to Syrian Refugees

Intelligence Agency of German State of Bavaria Concludes that Iran Still Seeking WMD

In a newly released report, the German intelligence agency in the state of Bavaria concluded that the Islamic Republic of Iran is seeking to transform conventional military weapons into a system for weapons of mass destruction, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post Monday.

“Iran, North Korea, Syria and Pakistan are making efforts to expand their conventional weapons arsenal through the production of weapons of mass destruction,” according to an assessment from the Munich-based intelligence agency.

The 312-page long report defined proliferation and weapons of mass destruction activities “as the illegal propagation of atomic, biological and chemical weapons and the production of their applicable products.”

Weinthal previously reported for the Post in June that the German intelligence community believes that Iran has continued to pursue weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them.

The BfV, Germany’s federal intelligence agency, warned in 2015 that Iran was still trying to procure illicit technology for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, despite then-ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers. German intelligence also reported that Iran sought to procure nuclear-related materials in at least half of Germany’s state. Last year, German intelligence reported that Iran made at least 32 attempts to acquire proliferation-related technologies.

The pattern emerging from four years of German intelligence reports reaffirms concerns of critics of the JCPOA, the nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers in 2015, who claim that the deal failed to curb Tehran’s efforts to build a nuclear weapons program.

Knesset Overwhelmingly Passes Bill Deducting Payments to Terrorists from PA Aid

The Knesset overwhelmingly passed into law on Monday a bill that allows Israel to deduct the payments the Palestinian Authority makes to Palestinian terrorists and their families from the taxes Israel collects and passes on to the PA, The Times of Israel reported.

The bill, which passed 87-15, aims at ending the PA’s “Pay-To-Slay” program, which provides salaries to Palestinian terrorists, as well as additional funds to their families.

“The PA has turned itself into a factory that employs murderers of Jews mostly but also Muslims, Christians, Druze, Circassians, and others, including tourists,” said co-sponsor MK Avi Dichter of Likud, who leads the Knesset’s influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern, who also co-sponsored the bill, said similar legislation in the United States, known as the Taylor Force Act, had influenced the Israeli legislation. “It is an historic day. It’s a real step in order to reduce terror and also, as a result, it will help to achieve peace,” Stern said.

On March 23, the Taylor Force Act, which passed both houses of Congress became law, ending most U.S. aid to the PA until the Palestinian leadership stops paying stipends to terrorists and their families.

Stuart Force, the father of Taylor Force who traveled to Israel for the passing of the bill, observed in an interview on Monday that he hopes the new legislation will benefit peaceful Palestinian by ensuring that funds go to those who really need them.

Following International Outcry, Poland Amends Controversial Holocaust Law

Poland's government will water down a controversial Holocaust law and remove parts that imposed jail terms on anyone who suggested the nation was complicit in Nazi crimes, six months after its approval in parliament sparked international outcry, the Associated Press reported.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Wednesday last week that the law will be amended so violators will not be imprisoned. Both houses of Parliament have voted to support the changes. Polish President Andrzej Duda then signed the changes into law.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the move, saying in a statement that he was pleased Poland rescinded provisions that “caused a storm and consternation in Israel and among the international community.”

The original law imposed jail sentences of up to three years for anyone who used the phrase “Polish death camps” or suggested “publicly and against the facts” that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany’s war crimes.

The legislation sparked an intense diplomatic crisis between Israel and Poland and led to an outpouring of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the country.

The law drew international condemnation. “This draft legislation could undermine free speech and academic discourse,” the U.S. Department of State said in a statement before the bill passed.

Although the unexpected U-turn has been welcomed by Jewish groups, including the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center, some critics argue that Poland has not gone far enough and the bill should be abandoned altogether.

Israelis Reach Out, Offering Aid and Comfort to Syrian Refugees

“Salam Aleikum” began the letter that hundreds of Syrian refugees found attached to tents they received last week via the Israel Defense Forces’ Operation Good Neighbor.

The letter was hastily written in English by Gal Lusky, who has been supplying humanitarian aid to Syrian victims of the civil war since 2011 through her secretive nonprofit, Israeli Flying Aid.

Finally, she wanted to introduce herself.

“Although you are considered to be our sworn enemies and although by operating in the field our volunteers were risking their lives, as the descendants of Jews that survived the Holocaust, we, the volunteers of Israeli Flying Aid, proud Jewish citizens of the State of Israel, sanctify life and will not stand idly by as women and children are continuously slaughtered,” Lusky wrote.

Within 24 hours, she started receiving emails in response — including children’s drawings that brought tears to her eyes.

Lusky’s passion to help has been matched by other individual Israelis, especially in the Golan Heights where residents constantly hear shooting, explosions and Iranian missiles flying over their heads as the conflict rages over the Syrian border.

The Golan Regional Council, encompassing 32 Israeli towns and villages, has made several appeals over the past few years for residents to collect items that the IDF deemed most needed by Syrian refugees – everything from blankets to sunshades.

A message sent out on July 1 has garnered the largest response to date.

(via Israel21c)

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