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The Daily TIP: Iran Nuclear Deal: Trump “Cannot and Will Not Make Certification”

Posted by Tip Staff - October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Deal: Trump “Cannot and Will Not Make Certification”
Hamas Chief: Unity Deal With Fatah Means We Can Collaborate “Against the Zionist Enterprise"
Israel Prepares to Exit UNESCO, Following U.S.
Three Israelis Win Gold Medals at International Judo Competition

Iran Nuclear Deal: Trump “Cannot and Will Not Make Certification”

United States President Donald Trump announced in a keynote speech on Friday that his administration would not recertify the Iranian nuclear accord and outlined a tougher strategy toward Tehran, The Times of Israel reported.

“We cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” he added.

Trump explained that, following a review by his administration, the decision was taken to announce “major steps” to ensure “Iran never — and I mean never — acquires a nuclear weapon.”

The president added that “In just a few years, as key restrictions disappear, Iran can sprint towards nuclear weapons breakout.” He asked: “What is the purpose of a deal that, at best, only delays” Iranian nuclear ambitions.

Decertification does not automatically dismantle the accord. It requires Congress to start a 60-day review period to decide whether to re-impose sanctions that were in place before the deal was implemented.

According to Trump, Iran is “under the control of a fanatical regime” that has “spread death, destruction and chaos all around the globe.” He warned that “history has shown that the longer we ignore a threat the more dangerous that threat becomes.”

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump “for his courageous decision” to “confronted Iran’s terrorist regime” in a video message. “If the Iran deal is left unchanged, one thing is absolutely certain: in a few years time, the world’s foremost terrorist regime will have an arsenal of nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said.

Trump further announced in his speech a plan for “tough sanctions” on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for supporting terrorism. The IRGC is directly involved in the occupation of four countries: Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. The new measures will include designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization in its entirety, as well as addressing the Islamic Republic’s ongoing development and testing of ballistic missiles.

Hamas Chief: Unity Deal With Fatah Means We Can Collaborate “Against the Zionist Enterprise"

Saleh al-Arouri, the Hamas terror chief who masterminded the 2014 kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli teens, said that Hamas has signed a reconciliation agreement with Fatah so that all Palestinian parties can “work together against the Zionist enterprise,” The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip by December 1, according to Egyptian sources. Hamas seized control of Gaza from Abbas’s Fatah in a violent coup in 2007 and has since refused to disarm.

Speaking after the agreement was signed, al-Arouri, who served as lead negotiator during the talks, said Palestinian reconciliation was crucial “so that we can all work together against the Zionist enterprise, which seeks to wipe out and trample the rights of our people.”

He added that “We in Hamas are determined, serious and sincere this time and every time to end the division. We have adopted the strategy of one step at a time so that the reconciliation will succeed.”

The exact terms of the agreement were not immediately clear. Israeli radio reported that under the unity deal, Hamas would not be required to disarm, as previously requested by Abbas. The terror group was said to have instead agreed that it would not use its weapons arsenal unless authorized by a joint Hamas-Fatah panel. It is also unknown what would become of Hamas’s 25,000-strong military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

In a conference call with The Israel Project on October 2, Avi Issacharoff, a longtime Palestinian affairs correspondent, told the audience that if Hamas refuses to give up its weapons, reconciliation will never be accepted by Israel.

Al-Arouri, who served as the terror group’s head of West Bank operations, was recently appointed as the organization’s deputy political leader, in a move which was widely interpreted as toughening the Islamist movement’s posture in reconciliation talks with Fatah.

Israel Prepares to Exit UNESCO, Following U.S.

Israel has announced preparations to withdraw from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), just hours after the United States said it would leave the organization over “continuing anti-Israel bias.”

The Times of Israel reported Thursday that Netanyahu’s office had released a statement, saying that “The prime minister instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from the organization alongside the United States.”

Netanyahu said he “welcomes the decision by President Trump to withdraw from UNESCO.” The Prime Minister added that “This is a courageous and moral decision because UNESCO has become the theater of the absurd and because, instead of preserving history, it distorts it.”

Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, said he would recommend to the prime minister to sever ties with the organization immediately. According to Shama-Hacohen, in recent years, UNESCO has become “an absurd organization that has lost its way in favor of the political considerations of certain countries” and that his “personal recommendation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to follow suit and immediately withdraw.”

This sentiment was echoed in a statement released by UN ambassador Nikki Haley, following the U.S. Department of State’s formal notification. Haley said that “the purpose of UNESCO is a good one,” but “unfortunately, its extreme politicization has become a chronic embarrassment.”

Haley cited UNESCO’s decision in July to declare the old city of Hebron in the West Bank as a Palestinian world heritage site. According to her, it was “the latest in a long line of foolish actions, which includes keeping Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on a UNESCO human rights committee even after his murderous crackdown on peaceful protestors.”

Over recent years, UNESCO has come under fire for politicizing its mandate, betraying the original purpose of the organization. Time and again, the organization adopted anti-Israel resolutions, drafted by Arab member states, denying the Jewish people's connection to the land of Israel. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Qatar’s candidate for succeeding Irina Bokova, has been accused of spreading anti-Semitic material, both in an official and private capacity.

On Friday, Al-Kawari was defeated by French candidate Audrey Azoulay.

Three Israelis Win Gold Medals at International Judo Competition

Israel was the only country to win more than one gold medal at the Tashkent Judo Grand Prix 2017 in Uzbekistan.

Competing on behalf of Israel, judokas Ori Sasson (heavyweight), Sagi Muki (lightweight) and Betina Temelkova (half-lightweight) won first place in their respective weight classes at the Tashkent Judo Grand Prix 2017.

"Ori underwent a long period of rehabilitation and as part of the regiment I built for him I let him rest and recover from the competition in Rio," said the men's team coach and Olympic bronze medalist Oren Smadja. "Today I know that this decision led Sagi Muki and Ori Sasson to stay in the game and continue for another Olympic term,” he added.

The athletic competition was sponsored by the International Judo Federation on October 6-8 in Uzbekistan. No other country in the competition garnered more than one gold medal at the event.

Sasson, 27, is a national celebrity after bringing home a bronze medal from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Muki, 25, finished fifth at Rio and recently returned to competition after recovering from a serious injury.

In addition to the gold medalists, Israeli judoka Timna Nelson-Levy won a silver medal and Yarden Mayersohn won a bronze. Temelkova previously competed for her native Bulgaria, but joined the Israeli national judo team this year and is seeking Israeli citizenship.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev has already asked Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to grant the judoka citizenship. "I will continue my efforts until she receives Israeli citizenship, so that she can continue to represent us with honor in the European Championship next year in Israel," promised Regev.

(via Israel21C)

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