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The Daily TIP: Israeli Diplomat: Mossad Gave Denmark and Sweden Intel to Thwart Copenhagen Terror Attack

Posted by Tip Staff - November 01, 2018

Israeli Diplomat: Mossad Gave Denmark and Sweden Intel to Thwart Copenhagen Terror Attack
Ben & Jerry's Israel Not to Carry Flavor Promoted by Linda Sarsour
Gaza Tire Shortage Hits Drivers, Rioters have Plenty
Israeli Startup Uses Artificial Intelligence to Find Commercial Real Estate Values

Israeli Diplomat: Mossad Gave Denmark and Sweden Intel to Thwart Copenhagen Terror Attack

Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, provided Denmark and Sweden with the information to stop the attempted assassination of the leader of the Danish branch of an Iranian opposition group, an Israeli official confirmed Wednesday.

"The Mossad's efforts have led to thwarting Iranian terrorism in France, Belgium, Austria, Germany and now Sweden and Denmark," the Israeli diplomat said.

Ynet reported that United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Denmark on arresting "an Iranian regime assassin.” In May, Pompeo made a speech asserting Iran's elite Quds Force "conducts covert assassination operations in the heart of Europe.”

Because Israeli and Jewish institution are high-risk targets for terrorist attacks, the Mossad gathers a lot of information, including on targets that are not directly linked to the Jewish State, the Israeli diplomat explained.

As a result, the official said, Denmark was able to stop the assassins, who had explosives in their possession and were targeting the branch of an Iranian opposition group, the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), blamed by Tehran for an attack on a military parade in Khuzestan in which 25 Iranians were killed.

Iran expressed "strong protest" to Danish ambassador to Tehran, Danny Annan, over the allegations. But Denmark has recalled its ambassador from Tehran and is speaking to other European Union countries about how to respond, including sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The incident happened as the EU tries to save the nuclear deal with Iran, from which the U.S. has already withdrawn.

Ben & Jerry's Israel Not to Carry Flavor Promoted by Linda Sarsour

Ben & Jerry's Israel, the licensee of the American ice cream company, issued a statement saying that it will not carry the brand's new Pecan Resistance flavor, which is promoted by anti-Israel activist, Linda Sarsour, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

Ben & Jerry's announced the introduction of Pecan Resistance earlier this week, saying that proceeds from sales of the new flavor will support "groups creating a more just and equitable nation for us all."

In a statement posted to its Facebook page, Ben & Jerry's Israel said, "All of the products sold in Israel are made in a factory located in Beer Tuviya.... We buy our milk and cream only from Israeli producers. We have no connection to the decisions made by the global brand, and we don’t get involved in local or world politics.”

The Israeli company said that it had no intention of marketing the new flavor but clarified that it would “continue to work and act for the community and for Israeli society.”

Sarsour appears in one of the promotional photos for the new flavor.

Among the groups that will benefit from sales of Pecan Resistance is the Women's March, three of whose co-chairs — Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez — have ties to Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.

The whitewashing of Sarsour by liberal media outlets is quite extraordinary," Julie Lenarz, Senior Fellow at The Israel Project, wrote last year in The Tower, especially given that "the picture that emerges is that of anything but a feminist and defender of free speech."

Gaza Tire Shortage Hits Drivers, Rioters have Plenty

It is harder and more expensive for individuals and businesses to purchase tires for their cars in Gaza, while rioters have a "seemingly endless supply" of old tires to burn, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Since the beginning of the so-called "March of Return," rioters at the violent Hamas-led protests have burned thousands of tires "using the thick black smoke to obscure the vision of Israeli snipers as they hurl rocks, firebombs and grenades toward IDF soldiers," the Times reported.

Following the use of tires in the riots, Israel has banned the import of tires into Gaza leading to a shortage for drivers.

Rushdi al-Khour, head of the Gaza association of spare parts dealers, said that the price of tires has spiked from $120 to $300 since Israel was forced to ban their importation into Gaza. Fifteen distributors have lost as much as $2 million so far, al-Khour said, as a result of orders from Israeli suppliers and storage fees for inventory that is being held at Israeli border crossings.

In April, during the second week of riots, Hamas ordered rioters to gather thousands of tires to burn, creating clouds of smoke to mask the movement of potential infiltrators at the border.

The call to burn such a massive quantity of tires prompted Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories to warn the World Health Organization that Hamas was intent on creating an "ecological catastrophe."

Israeli Startup Uses Artificial Intelligence to Find Commercial Real Estate Values

If you’re in the market for a new house in North America, your first stop might be a home-valuation estimate website like Zillow. But what if you’re an investor looking to buy an apartment complex?

Enter Skyline AI, which uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data to predict what a commercial real-estate investment is worth today and how it may perform in the future.

The Tel Aviv-based startup raised $18 million in August – just four months after launching to the public – on top of a $3 million seed round last year. The new financing came from Sequoia Capital and TLV Partners with participation from JLL Spark.

Skyline AI is not just a technology vendor; the company has real skin in the game. Teaming up with an investment partner, Skyline AI identified two residential complexes in Philadelphia that the company’s algorithms determined were performing below market. Skyline AI and its partner then spent some $26 million to buy the properties.

“We saw that similar assets that had already been renovated were able to increase their rents by about $300 per unit,” Skyline AI CEO Guy Zipori tells ISRAEL21c.

Identifying this kind of “mismanaged opportunity” on a national scale without Skyline’s smarts would be close to impossible. Real-estate investors do a lot of manual due diligence including visiting a property in person, says Zipori. With Skyline AI, it’s all done algorithmically and in real time. The latter is particularly important: Commercial properties are usually appraised only once or twice a year. “Every time something changes around an asset, our appraisal changes immediately,” Zipori says.

(via Israel21c)

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