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The Daily TIP: Iranian Nuclear Archives Show Advances about Which "International Inspectors were Unaware"

Posted by Tip Staff - July 17, 2018

Iranian Nuclear Archives Show Advances about Which "International Inspectors were Unaware"
Following Escalation, A Hamas Rocket Knocks Down Lines Providing Power to Gaza Residents
Intelligence Agency of German State of Hesse Identifies Iran as One of Two States Seeking WMD
Israeli NGO Establishes Mobile Dental Clinic for Refugee Camp in Kenya


Iranian Nuclear Archives Show Advances about Which "International Inspectors were Unaware"

Information contained in the Iranian nuclear archives extracted by Israel in a daring January raid contain more detailed information about the extent of Iran's nuclear weapons program including specifics "about which international inspectors were unaware," The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The Journal report was based on a briefing given by Israeli security officials to selected reporters.

While some of the information contained in the archive was already known by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is charged with assessing Iran's compliance with the deal, it also included details "about which international inspectors were unaware."

The Journal account observes that the Iranian nuclear archives spirited out of Iran, according to Israeli officials, "show that Iran’s weapons-related activities advanced further than previously realized." The documents also "substantiate previous suspicions that Iran shifted some of those activities into new, disguised channels so they could continue well after 2003," when Iran was previously thought to have shut down its nuclear weapons program.

In a similar vein, The Washington Post cited Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director of the IAEA, who argued that the archive showed that the nuclear deal should be amended not to allow Iran to enrich uranium until it can be verified that Iran is no longer doing nuclear weapons research.

The documents in the archive showed, The New York Times reported, that "despite Iranian insistence that its program was for peaceful purposes, the country had worked in the past to systematically assemble everything it needed to produce atomic weapons."



Following Escalation, A Hamas Rocket Knocks Down Lines Providing Power to Gaza Residents

Following a barrage of nearly 200 rockets and mortars fired into Israel on Saturday, an errant rocket fell short and knocked out electrical lines carrying power into Gaza, Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) reported Monday.

According to COGAT, initially workers were unable to approach the downed lines due to fire from Hamas, but eventually were able to repair the lines.

Following the Saturday escalation by Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups, the IDF responded with what was described as the most extensive Israeli bombing campaign against terror targets inside the Gaza Strip since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, The Times of Israel reported Sunday.

The IDF said that it struck a number of Hamas targets including two cross-border terror tunnels, and a training facility for urban combat.

Israel struck at two Hamas facilities on Monday as Palestinians continued launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.

Reiterating a sentiment he had expressed on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, "To us, there is no such thing as a ceasefire that excludes the incendiary kites and balloons. No such thing. I'll say this for the seventh time and I hope it gets through, but if it's not understood by my words, it will be understood by the IDF's actions."

A rocket from Gaza also knocked out power lines into Gaza in late May of this year.



Intelligence Agency of German State of Hesse Identifies Iran as One of Two States Seeking WMD

In a newly released report, the German intelligence agency in the state of Hesse singled out Iran as one of two states seeking to obtain weapons of mass destructions as the ultimate form of power.

Benjamin Weinthal reported for The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the report lists types of illegal proliferation technology that Iran and North Korea want for the production of weapons of mass destruction, including “equipment for the enrichment of uranium, nuclear reactors in connection with reprocessing plants, bioreactors, drying installation facilities, and the production process for precursor chemical products.”

According to the security agency, “Weapons of mass destruction are a continued instrument of power politics that also, in regional and international crises situations, can shatter the entire stability of state structures.”

In 2017, the security agency in North Rhine-Westphalia charged that Iran sought to obtain illicit technology that could be used for military nuclear and ballistic missile programs. According to their assessment, Iran’s regime made “32 procurement attempts…that definitely or with high likelihood were undertaken for the benefit of proliferation programs.”

In June, the intelligence agency of Baden-Württemberg wrote in its report: “Iran continued to undertake, as did Pakistan and Syria, efforts to obtain goods and know-how to be used for the development of weapons of mass destruction and to optimize corresponding missile-delivery systems.”

Bavaria’s intelligence agency had made similar observations in its most recent report: “Iran, North Korea, Syria and Pakistan are making efforts to expand their conventional weapons arsenal through the production of weapons of mass destruction.”



Israeli NGO Establishes Mobile Dental Clinic for Refugee Camp in Kenya

Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID set up a mobile dental clinic for one week in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, home to over 190,000 refugees from across the region, the majority escaping violence and instability in neighboring South Sudan.

Staffed by volunteer dentists from Bloom Dental Group, a San Francisco Bay Area dental practice, and IsraAID volunteers, the mobile clinic provided a range of treatments from routine check-ups to surgical procedures.

The four-person dental team, led by Israeli-American Dr. Lior Tamir, arrived on July 2 to Kakuma Refugee Camp to begin treating thousands of refugees.

Also arriving at the camp were more than $26,000 in oral healthcare supplies and products donated by global distributor Henry Schein. The clinic is supported by the Koret Foundation.

“For many of the refugees it will be the first time in their life that they are receiving dental treatment,” IsraAID co-CEO Yotam Polizer tells ISRAEL21c. “I think what’s unique about this program is that dental care is not something we usually think about when we think of humanitarian aid. We can really make thousands of people’s lives a lot better in a relatively simple operation.”

“We are thrilled to operate the dental clinic for the first time in Kakuma. Though a dental clinic exists in Kakuma General Hospital, it is manned only by a technician and only very simple operations are performed. Otherwise, the clinic relies on irregular visits of external dentists,” said Or Mor, IsraAID’s country director in Kenya.

(via Israel21c)


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