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The Daily TIP: Israel’s UN Ambassador Says PA Should Stop Paying Terrorists and Build a Nation Instead

Posted by Tip Staff - January 16, 2019

Israel’s UN Ambassador Says PA Should Stop Paying Terrorists and Build a Nation Instead
IRGC General: Iran Will Keep Its Military Forces and Weapons in Syria
Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump Signs Bipartisan Bill Fighting Genocide into Law
Israeli Researchers Discover Method of Creating Bioplastics from Algae-Eating Microorganisms


Israel’s UN Ambassador Says PA Should Stop Paying Terrorists and Build a Nation Instead

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) “should stop spending 7 percent of its annual budget on inciting and paying terrorist salaries, and instead use it to develop its infrastructure and help its people,” Ben Cohen reported in The Algemeiner.

Danon was responding to a speech by PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations in New York in which Abbas charged that Israel was an “obstruction” to the “cohesive development of all peoples” in the Middle East.

Abbas was speaking as the “State of Palestine” – a non-member observer state – assumed the chairmanship from Egypt of the UN's largest member bloc, the G77 and China, a coalition of 134 developing nations which share economic goals.

The G77, which got its name from 77 founding members when it was created in 1964, is made up of several nations that do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, including Iran, Syria and Iraq.

“Palestine cannot be an exception,” Abbas stated in his opening speech. “We also suffer under the yoke of a foreign occupation.” The PA president went on to condemn Israel’s “colonization and occupation of the ‘State of Palestine,'” accusing the Jewish State of “obstructing cohesive development for all peoples of the region.”

Abbas’s observation resulted in a sharp rebuke from Danon.

“As the United Nations very well knows from all of the development work Israel does, Israel is not what undermines development but actually helps it,” Danon told The Algemeiner. “Instead, it is the Palestinian Authority that undermines its own capacity and development.”

The ambassador condemned the PA’s so-called “pay-to-slay” scheme under which Palestinian terrorists and their families receive generous financial rewards for murdering Israelis. “The PA should stop spending 7 percent of its annual budget on inciting and paying terrorist salaries, and instead use it to develop its infrastructure and help its people,” Danon insisted.



IRGC General: Iran Will Keep Its Military Forces and Weapons in Syria

A general of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that Iran would keep its military forces in Syria, despite a warning from Israel earlier this week, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Wednesday.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will keep its military advisers, revolutionary forces, and its weapons in Syria," Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted as saying by the Iranian press.

Jafari's statement appeared to be in response to remarks from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said on Sunday, "We worked with impressive success to block Iran's military entrenchment in Syria. In this framework, the IDF attacked Iranian and Hezbollah targets hundreds of times."

Jafari referred to Netanyahu's remarks as "a joke" and caution that Israel "was playing with [a] lion's tail."

More ominously, Jafari threatened, "Be afraid of the day that Iran's precision-guided missiles roar and fall on your head and revenge all the blood you have spilt of innocent Muslims in the region."

Jafari's remarks appear to contradict claims made by Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, who recently denied that Iran had any combat troops in Syria, explaining, "The Syrian government invited us in order to advise them on methods to fight terrorism."

Netanyahu's comments on Sunday were part of his praise for outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.

Last week, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens interviewed Eisenkot, allowing to assess the effectiveness of the IDF in defending Israel against external threats during his tenure.

Israel, according to Eisenkot, has been able to counter the threat Iran poses in Syria because Israel has "complete intelligence superiority in this area. We enjoy complete aerial superiority. We have strong deterrence and we have the justification to act.”



Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump Signs Bipartisan Bill Fighting Genocide into Law

Days before the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday new bipartisan legislation committing the United States to prevent genocide and to confront anti-Semitism at home and abroad, JNS reported.

The first measure, named in honor of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, was introduced by Representatives Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), and Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.).

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act is a ground-breaking genocide prevention law, which passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in December last year. It puts in place a set of policies and mechanisms to strengthen the U.S. response to potential and emerging genocides.

“America’s strength around the world is rooted in our values. It is in our national interest to ensure that the United States utilizes the full arsenal of diplomatic, economic, and legal tools to take meaningful action before atrocities occur,” Cardin said in a statement issued by his office. “Tragically, these atrocities are happening today; we simply cannot wait to act.”

Prior to the signing, Sara Bloomfield, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum director, said that "Senators Young and Cardin's leadership on the bill honors Elie Wiesel’s vision for the Museum as a living memorial that would help save victims of future genocides and in doing so honor the victims of the Holocaust.”

She continued: "This legislation is an important effort toward developing a bipartisan Congressional blueprint for making 'never again' real by taking practical steps to mitigate the systematic persecution of vulnerable groups.”

The same day, the President signed into law House Resolution 672, the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, which declares the fight against anti-Semitism at home and abroad a core national security interest of the U.S.



Israeli Researchers Discover Method of Creating Bioplastics from Algae-Eating Microorganisms

Everyone knows plastic is bad for the environment. That’s why bioplastics – plastics made from renewable sources like plants or old waste – were invented. But these bioplastics can’t be created everywhere since the plants they use require fresh water, a scarce resource in many countries.

One such country is Israel, which does not have a surplus of fresh water. Other countries suffering from the same problem are China and India, whose size and resulting plastic consumption is very bad news for the planet.

This is the problem researchers from Tel Aviv University wished to resolve by developing bioplastic polymers derived from microorganisms that feed on seaweed. These can be bred in salty seawater without impinging on scarce freshwater resources.

The result is a biodegradable polymer that produces zero toxic waste and recycles into organic waste. The study that led to it, carried out by Alexander Golberg and Prof. Michael Gozin from Tel Aviv University, was recently published in the journal Bioresource Technology.

“Plastics take hundreds of years to decay. So bottles, packaging and bags create plastic ‘continents’ in the oceans, endanger animals and pollute the environment,” said Golberg, a senior lecturer at TAU’s Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences.

“A partial solution to the plastic epidemic is bioplastics, which don’t use petroleum and degrade quickly. But bioplastics also have an environmental price: to grow the plants or the bacteria to make the plastic requires fertile soil and fresh water, which many countries, including Israel, don’t have,” he added.

“Our new process produces ‘plastic’ from marine microorganisms that completely recycle into organic waste.”

(via Israel21c)


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