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The Daily TIP: Iran Rejects Russia’s Call to Remove All Foreign Troops from Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - May 22, 2018

Iran Rejects Russia’s Call to Remove All Foreign Troops from Syria
IAF Chief: Israel First Nation to Use F-35 in Combat
Is Anti-Semitism No Longer Disqualifying in This Country?
Israeli Private, Public Efforts Seek to Boost High-Tech Participation from Neglected Sectors

Iran Rejects Russia’s Call to Remove All Foreign Troops from Syria

Iran on Monday rejected a call from Russia to pull Iranian forces out of Syria in the event a permanent peace agreement is reached in the war-stricken country, The Times of Israel reported.

“No one can force Iran to do anything,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said, according to the Tasnim news website.

“As long as terrorism exists and the Syrian government wants, Iran will have presence [in Syria],” Qasemi said. “Those who have entered Syria without the consent of the Syrian government should leave.”

After a meeting with Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that foreign powers must pull their troops out of Syria to respect any final political settlement in the country.

“We presume that, in connection with the significant victories and success of the Syrian army in the fight against terrorism… with the onset of the political process in its more active phase, foreign armed forces will be withdrawn from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Putin said, according to CNN.

Russia’s envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, later added that Putin’s comment was aimed at Iran, Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, the United States and Turkey.

In an op-ed for The Hill published last month, TIP CEO and President Joshua S. Block, wrote that the U.S. must “make clear to Moscow” that American forces will not pull out of Syria “before the Iranians are out of the picture. Anything short of that is not up for debate.”

IAF Chief: Israel First Nation to Use F-35 in Combat

Speaking to a group of foreign air force commanders, the commander of the Israeli Air Force said that Israel was the first nation to use the F-35 fighter planes in actual combat earlier.

Speaking to his peers at the opening of the International Air Force Commander Convention in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin stated, "The 'Adir' (F-35I) aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions. In fact, we have performed the first operational F-35 strike in the world. We attacked twice in the Middle East using the F-35 – we are the first in the world to do so. The Israeli Air Force is a pioneer and a world leader in operating air power."

Though Norkin wasn't explicit about when the IAF used its newest fighters in combat, he referred to a series of Israeli airstrikes against Iranian assets in Syria earlier this month.

"Over the past weeks, we understood that Iran was transporting long-range missiles and rockets to Syria, among which are 'Uragan' missile launchers which we attacked, just north of Damascus," recalled Maj. Gen. Norkin. "The Iranians fired 32 rockets towards Israel. We intercepted four of them, while the rest fell outside of Israel's territory. Afterwards, we attacked dozens of Iranian targets in Syria. Sadly, the Syrian aerial defense systems fired over 100 SAM (Surface-to-air missiles) at our aircraft using SA-5, SA-17 and SA-22 missile batteries. In response, we destroyed their SAM batteries. A short time later, we destroyed a 20-meter deep Hamas tunnel."

Is Anti-Semitism No Longer Disqualifying in This Country?

Reem’s Bakery in Oakland serves “Traditional Arab Street Food Made with California Love!” It’s also decorated with a huge mural of Rasmeah Odeh, who was convicted by an Israeli court for her role in the terror attack that killed two Jewish students, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner. (Her trial was observed by the International Red Cross and deemed fair.)

Last month I wrote on CAMERA’s website about Food and Wine magazine’s decision to award Reem’s bakery with the honor of “Restaurant of the Year.” The article was sent to CAMERA’s members, and many of them responded with letters to Food and Wine, demanding to know whether the magazine understood that Reem’s honors an unrepentant terrorist. Editor Hunter Lewis responded that, in fact, Food and Wine was well aware of Odeh and her conviction, and that the decision to bestow this honor on Reem’s was made only after Restaurant Editor Jordana Rothman “discussed with our editorial team the controversial mural of Rasmea Odeh painted on one of the bakery’s walls.”

Food and Wine is primarily a cultural publication, and should have little to do with politics. However, it would be unthinkable to honor an establishment with a mural of, say, Dylann Roof, or the San Bernadino shooters. Yet, Odeh didn’t raise eyebrows at that publication.

Unfortunately, the Food and Wine award is not an isolated incident.

To read the complete essay, please click here.

Israeli Private, Public Efforts Seek to Boost High-Tech Participation from Neglected Sectors

At age 14, “Nathan” was living on the streets of his Israeli working-class town. Academically crippled by ADHD, he eventually attended a therapeutic boarding school and served in the army.

His employment future looked bleak until he heard about a Google certification program in digital marketing run by JDC-Tevet, a partnership with the Israeli government for the advancement and inclusion into the Israeli workforce of vulnerable populations — Arab-Israelis, ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews, women, people with disabilities, Ethiopian immigrants, workers over 45, and other disadvantaged citizens like Nathan.

Now 22, Nathan is employed as a digital marketing manager and has lectured at his former boarding school to inspire other students.

JDC-Tevet is one of many private and public initiatives training underemployed populations to address a shortage of skilled workers for Israel’s burgeoning high-tech arena.

According to a 2017 Israeli Innovation Authority report, approximately 270,000 Israelis work in high-tech. Arab-Israelis comprise just 3% of that sector. A variety of governmental, philanthropic, corporate and academic programs aim to raise that number to 20%, reflecting their proportion in the general population.

Hebrew proficiency is one hurdle in reaching this goal, says Prof. Bertold Fridlender, president of Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem, which offers pre-academic programs for Arab, Haredi and other disadvantaged students.

Software developer Musmar Walaa was one of many students from Nazareth to study computer science at HAC on a full scholarship. He says he struggled the first year to get his Hebrew up to par, but now he communicates easily with coworkers – first at Intel and now at NICE Actimize.

(via Israel21c)

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