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The Daily TIP: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Call Trump "Featherbrained," Say They will Boost Missile Program

Posted by Tip Staff - October 19, 2017

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Call Trump "Featherbrained," Say They will Boost Missile Program
U.S. Demands that Hamas Reject Terror, Recognize Israel
Israeli, South Korean Firms Launch Joint Venture to Develop Vertical Takeoff Drones
Israeli Data Storage Startup Raises $95 Million, Bringing its Value to Over $1 Billion

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Call Trump "Featherbrained," Say They will Boost Missile Program

In reaction to President Donald Trump's announcement last Friday that his administration new United States policy towards Iran, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) called the president "featherbrained," and insisted it would continue to improve Iran's missile program, the IRGC-related Tasnim website reported Thursday.

The statement, according to Tasnim, said that "the featherbrained US leader’s insults against the Iranian nation and his plan to impose sanctions on the IRGC were an indication of their anger at the IRGC’s effective role in the region and reveal that the US and Israel have failed to carry out their 'evil' schemes to redraw regional borders and undermine Muslim nations."

Trump had called on the international community to oppose Iranian aggression and said that the United States would designate the whole IRGC as a terrorist organization. Trump also said that he was calling on Congress to address Iran's ballistic missile development program, which United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 "calls on" Iran not to pursue.

The IRGC said that it would continue to "accelerate" Iran's ballistic missile development program.

In December 2015, prior to implementation of the nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani ordered an acceleration of Iran's ballistic missile program. Rouhani dismissed United States sanctions placed on Iran for its missile program would "illegally interfere in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s programs for boosting the defense power.” At the time, a number of UNSC resolutions prohibited Iran from testing ballistic missiles.

U.S. Demands that Hamas Reject Terror, Recognize Israel

In a statement released on Thursday, Jason Greenblatt, the Trump administration’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, explicitly stated that Hamas must abide by the Quartet principles as part of any Palestinian unity government.

“The United States reiterates the importance of adherence to the Quartet principles: any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties – including to disarm terrorists – and commit to peaceful negotiations,” the statement said.

The office of Greenblatt added that “If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements.”

Israel's security cabinet meeting on Tuesday established that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian unity government.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, took to Twitter and thanked Greenblatt for his commitment to the Quartet principles. “Thanks @jdgreenblatt45, @realDonaldTrump's envoy, for saying Hamas must disarm, recognize Israel & honor previous international decisions.”

Israel’s demands are that Hamas, now a partner in the Palestinian government, accept the internationally endorsed Quartet principles for Israeli-Palestinian peace including a rejection of “incitement, and terror,” and acceptance of “the two-State solution, building upon previous agreements and obligations,” before it will engage in talks with the Palestinian unity government.

Hamas, meanwhile, has repeatedly rejected demands for disarmament.

A Hamas-related news site, Shehab, reported that on Thursday, Yahya Sinwar, the chief of Hamas in Gaza said, "Over is the time Hamas spent discussing recognizing Israel. Now Hamas will discuss when we will wipe out Israel."

Israeli, South Korean Firms Launch Joint Venture to Develop Vertical Takeoff Drones

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and South Korea's Hankuk Carbon have announced the launch of a joint venture to produce unmanned drones, capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

The announcement of the joint venture, which will be called Korea Aviation Technologies(KAT), was made at the International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2017, held last week in Seoul. KAT is planning to develop drones for the civilian and military markets.

"IAI is excited about the establishment of the joint company," IAI executive vice president, Shaul Shahar said in a statement. "Hankuk Carbon brings to the venture strong manufacturing capabilities and know-how. Together with IAI’s UAVs and aircraft-design capabilities, the new company will be able to meet Korean military and civilian VTOL requirements.”

The two companies have been working on developing VTOL drones for the past few years and last year they decided to start a joint venture.

KAT plans to produce next-generation drones that can handle loads ranging from 300 to 450 kilograms (660 to 990 pounds).

“Both companies have established a firm relationship within a short period of time, and the result will be passed on to the HC-IAI joint venture," Moon-Soo Cho, CEO of Hankuk Carbon, said.

Hankuk Carbon produced the FE-Panther, a VTOL drone, with a range of 130 kilometers (81 miles) and capable of handling a payload of 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds). In its first flight, the FE-Panther was damaged during landing and Hankuk Carbon subsequently redesigned it.

Israeli Data Storage Startup Raises $95 Million, Bringing its Value to Over $1 Billion

Last week, Herzliya and Waltham, Massachusetts-based Infinidat announced it had closed a $95 million Series C financing round, led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing with participation from existing investor TPG Growth.

Infinidat specializes in perabytes — a million gigabytes. Perabytes may not be coming to a PC near you in the immediate future, but it’s what large corporations need to store their data in the cloud.

The company’s InfiniBox system, launched in 2014, can hold more than 5 perabytes of data, enough to consolidate a large number of legacy enterprise systems onto a single platform.

The latest round brings the total raised by the company to $325 million. Infinidat is valued at $1.6 billion, making it the latest Israeli “unicorn” – a private startup with a valuation of $1 billion or more (although the company was claiming a billion-dollar valuation two years ago already).

Data-storage requirements are set to explode in the next decade, primarily due to the rise of the Internet of Things (machines communicating with each other), artificial intelligence and genomic science (the study of the human genome). Analyst firm IDC estimates that the global datasphere will grow from 16 zettabtyes today to 163 zettabytes by 2025. A zettabyte is 1,000 exabytes (or a billion gigabytes).

Infinidat CEO Moshe Yanai spent much of his career at EMC (now Dell EMC) in the United States. He returned to Israel in 2002 to form two startups – XIV and Diligent – both of which he sold to IBM.

(via Israel21c)

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