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The Daily TIP: Israeli Leaders Offer Support after Manhattan Truck-Ramming Attack by ISIS Supporter

Posted by Tip Staff - November 01, 2017

Israeli Leaders Offer Support after Manhattan Truck-Ramming Attack by ISIS Supporter
Newly Released Bin Laden Papers Confirm Iran, Al Qaeda Allied as Enemies of America
Hyundai, Volkswagen Latest Automakers to Announce Research Centers in Israel
Israeli Researchers Develop Compound that Can Kill Cancer Cells

Israeli Leaders Offer Support after Manhattan Truck-Ramming Attack by ISIS Supporter

Israeli leaders have issued solidarity statements following Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City in which eight people were killed and many more injured.

“To President [Donald] Trump, Governor [Andrew] Cuomo and Mayor [Bill] de Blasio: We stand with our friends in New York and all Americans following yet another horrible Islamist terror attack,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a tweet. He added, “We pray for the victims and their families. Together we will defeat this scourge.”

During an interview on CNN, Governor Cuomo noted that he had spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu on the phone after the attack.

A 29-year-old Uzbek national drove a rented pickup truck southbound on the West Side bicycle path near the World Trade Center, striking bicyclists and pedestrians. The suspect, who was shot by police and arrested moments after the rampage, left a note saying he carried out the attack in the name of the terrorist group ISIS.

The suspect, identified as Sayfullo Saipov, was interviewed by federal agents in 2015, having been listed as a point of contact for two terror suspects who subsequently disappeared.

Among the victims were five Argentinian men, one of whom was a Jewish businessman, Ariel Erlij. They were part of a group of eight friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.

Other Israeli leaders, including President Reuven Rivlin and UN Ambassador Danny Danon joined the Prime Minister in expressing their solidarity with the victims and the state of New York.

Newly Released Bin Laden Papers Confirm Iran, Al Qaeda Allied as Enemies of America

The CIA has released thousands of documents and other files recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, when the terrorist leader was killed, providing "invaluable insights" into the terror group's operations, and confirming previous reporting on its ties to Iran, Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal reported Wednesday.

While the authors acknowledge that it will take years for "experts and researchers to comb through this treasure trove of information," they offered some "preliminary observations" of the material they have reviewed.

Though ties between al-Qaeda, the Sunni terrorist organization, and Iran, the Shiite nation that has been designated by the United States State Department as "foremost state sponsor of terrorism," have been reported previously, they have often been discounted due to their diverging religious philosophies. The latest revelations mentioned by Joscelyn and Roggio confirm that the two collaborated - despite their philosophical differences - motivated by a shared enmity for the U.S.

An earlier release of papers included a letter in which bin Laden called Iran "our main artery for funds, personnel, and communication, as well as the matter of hostages."

In the newly released trove, a senior member of al-Qaeda assessed his organization's ties with Iran and observed that Iran offered them "everything they needed," including financing, weapons and "training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon, in exchange for striking American interests in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.” In addition Iranian intelligence provided visas for some members of al-Qaeda and offered protection to others.

Hyundai, Volkswagen Latest Automakers to Announce Research Centers in Israel

At a conference in Tel Aviv this week automakers Hyundai and Volkswagen announced that they would be opening research and development centers in Israel, capitalizing on Israel's growing reputation for developing technologies for autonomous, or driverless vehicles, The Times of Israel reported.

“We are very serious about creating a campus in Tel Aviv,” said Peter Harris, chief customer officer of Volkswagen (VW) Group, told The Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility conference, which was hosted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday. “There is no doubt we need to be here.”

VW intends to establish a research center similar to what it calls Future Centers, which the manufacturer has already set up in Berlin, California and China. Overall, VW 39 research centers spread out across Europe, North America and Asia.

Similarly, Youngcho Chi, the chief innovation officer of Strategy and Technology at South Korea's Hyundai Motors Group said that his company is beginning to set up "an innovation hub that is expected to be launched in the early part of next year" in Israel.

The conference was attended by nearly 2,000 people from over 30 countries looking at transportation innovations as well as ways of reducing the use of oil.

Israel's reputation as a center for cutting-edge automotive technology was highlighted by the acquisition of Mobileye, the Israeli automotive technology startup, by chip-making giant Intel earlier this year.

Other automaking giants that have research and development centers in Israel include GM, China's SAIC, Honda, Volvo, and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz.

Israeli Researchers Develop Compound that Can Kill Cancer Cells

An enzyme normally found only in sperm cells is the same one that enables cancer cells to metastasize throughout the body, according to an Israeli researcher who has devised a synthetic compound to disable the enzyme.

When they metastasize (leave the primary tumor and spread to other organs), cancer cells must improvise to survive and flourish under harsh conditions such as a shortage of basic nutrients like glucose. One way they do this is by reprogramming their energy-generation system, said Prof. Uri Nir of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan.

Nir and his team identified an enzyme called FerT in the energy-generating mitochondria of metastatic cancer cells. When they targeted FerT in lab mice, the malignant cells were sapped of energy and soon died.

Using advanced chemical and robotic approaches, Nir’s lab team developed a synthetic compound, E260, which can be administered orally or by injection.

When introduced into metastatic cells in culture or mice with metastatic tumor, E260 enters the mitochondria and binds with the enzyme FerT, inhibiting its activity and causing a complete collapse of the entire mitochondria “power station.”

Nir and his team plan to pursue Phase 1 clinical trials within the next 18 months.

The research was published recently in the journal Nature Communications. The authors include Nir as well as Bar-Ilan life-sciences researchers Yoav Elkis, Moshe Cohen, Etai Yaffe, Shirly Satmary-Tusk, Tal Feldman, Elad Hikri, Ariel Feiglin, Yanay Ofran and Sally Shpungin in addition to Abraham Nyska from Tel Aviv University.

(via Israel21c)

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