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The Daily TIP: Israel Braces for Revenge Attack after Hamas Accuses Mossad of Killing Terrorist

Posted by Tip Staff - May 12, 2017

Israel Braces for Revenge Attack after Hamas Accuses Mossad of Killing Terrorist
Netanyahu: All Embassies Should be in Jerusalem
Why Arming the Kurds Is Worth Angering the Turks
Israeli-Developed Food Safety Test Wins UN Prize for Innovation


Israel Braces for Revenge Attack after Hamas Accuses Mossad of Killing Terrorist

Israeli defense officials have warned that Hamas is planning a terrorist attack in the West Bank to avenge the killing of one of its former masterminds and convicted terrorist Mazen Faqha, who was murdered in March in what Hamas claims was a Mossad operation, the Hebrew daily Israel Hayom reported Thursday.

Since Faqha was shot in the garage of his apartment building on March 24, the Hamas leadership has vowed to carry out a revenge attack against Israel. The terrorist organization identified the man behind the assassination as Ashraf Abu Layla, a 37-year-old former Hamas member from Gaza.

Before being expelled years ago over “moral transgressions”, Abu Layla was a member of Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, after which Palestinian media outlets claim he was recruited by Mossad to carry out the killing.

On Thursday, Hamas announced the arrest of the man they hold responsible for Faqha’s murder and claimed he had confessed to working for the Israelis. “We hereby announce to our people and nation the discovery and arrest of the killer,” newly elected Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said during a press conference in Gaza.

The assassin “admitted clearly and in detail… that he carried out orders of officers from the Zionist security services,” Haniyeh said, and promised that “Punishment will be carried out against the murderer.” Hamas recently executed three men it accused of collaborating with Israel.

Israeli officials have rejected accusations of Israel’s involvement in the killing of Faqha. In April, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth that “Today, we can say with certainty that this was an internal assassination.” 


Netanyahu: All Embassies Should be in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on all nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem, “the eternal capital of the Israeli people”, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Speaking at a Likud party event ahead of President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to Israel later this month, Netanyahu said that Jerusalem is the "eternal capital of the Israeli people and it is fitting that all embassies, especially that of our friend the United States, be moved to Jerusalem."

All presidents since 1995 have availed themselves of a provision in the law allowing the president to delay the move, if he signs a waiver affirming that in his judgment the move would harm America's national security interests. The waiver must be signed every six months and Trump's visit would be shortly before he is due to sign it.

Most nations that have diplomatic relations with Israel maintain embassies in Tel Aviv. Some like the United States have a consulate-general in Jerusalem, the seat of Israel's government.

In Jerusalem Already Has Plenty of Embassies—Just Not to Israel, which was published in the March 2017 issue of The Tower Magazine, Eylon Aslan-Levy noted that while no nation currently has an embassy to Israel located in Jerusalem, there are quite a few embassies in the city. Ironically those are embassies to the Palestinian Authority.

Aslan-Levy concluded by arguing that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem should be viewed as a means to rectify a historical imbalance. Moving the embassy, he wrote, "would be an admission that the anachronistic proposal to make Jerusalem a UN trust territory is off the table. And it would be recognition that since the Palestinians—by accident—already enjoy diplomatic missions in Jerusalem, the denial of the same to the country that already exists and controls that city would be an act of inconsistency." 


Why Arming the Kurds Is Worth Angering the Turks

The United States government has formally announced that it’s going to arm Kurdish militias in Syria in a bid to capture the city of Raqqa from ISIS, the “capital” of the Islamic State’s “caliphate.”

It’s about time.

The YPG, or Kurdish Protection Units, is the largest faction in the Syrian Democratic Forces and the military arm of the leftist Democratic Union Party. It is loosely aligned with the PKK, or Kurdistan Worker’s Party, in Turkey, and has carved out an autonomous region in northern Syria which the Kurds call Rojava. It is, as the Pentagon put it, ““the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future.”

The Obama administration crafted the plan last year, and the Trump administration initially scrapped it, assuming, for reasons we can only guess at, that the White House could come up with a smarter plan. Arming the Kurds, though, has been the smart plan from day one of the Syrian conflict even though years passed before anyone in Washington figured that out. As Winston Churchill famously said, “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they've tried everything else.”

Aside from the Israelis, the Kurds are the Middle East’s most capable fighters. The majority are Muslims (a minority are Yezidis and Christians), yet they are as allergic to radical Islam as Americans are. They are among the most staunchly pro-American people in the entire world and make perfect military allies.

If the United States wants indigenous ground forces in Syria to fight ISIS so that our own soldiers don’t have to go in there and do it, the Kurds are the only viable option.

Read the rest at The Tower.


Israeli-Developed Food Safety Test Wins UN Prize for Innovation

Yarok Technology Transfer, an innovation-based developer of fast, accurate tests for the food industry, today announced it has received the United Nations International Award 2017 for “Innovative Ideas and Technology on Agribusiness.” The Jerusalem-based company was honored for its fast testing system that is able to detect the presence of dangerous bacteria in food in just 45 minutes.

Yarok was one of five winners, selected from over 330 entries from 80 countries, submitted to the competition. The contest aimed to identify the world’s most innovative technologies and ideas in agribusiness to improve the socio-economic, food safety, and security conditions in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

“We’re honored to receive this award for our project, which aims to empower farmers from LDCs by means of our fast testing technology. One major barrier LDC producers face are Developed Countries’ high Food Safety standards. Adapting the Yarok system to LDC needs will, we hope, open export opportunities,” said Yarok CEO, Jonathan Sierra.

UNIDO ITPO Italy (the Italian Investment and Technology Promotion Office of the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development), CNR – the Italian National Research Council, and Seeds & Chips, under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, judged the contest.

The winners were announced this morning at the opening of a conference called, “Inspire Power – Food Security for Developing Countries,” which is part of the Seeds & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan.

(via Israel21c)

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