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The Daily TIP: Nasrallah: Despite Israeli Efforts, Hezbollah has Acquired “Precision” Missiles

Posted by Tip Staff - September 20, 2018

Nasrallah: Despite Israeli Efforts, Hezbollah has Acquired "Precision" Missiles
U.S. Ambassador: PA Payments to Family of Ari Fuld's Killer are "Unconscionable"
PayPal Closes Account with German NGO Linked to Palestinian Terror Group
Israeli Company Provides First U.S. Drone Food Delivery Service for Golfers in North Dakota

Nasrallah: Despite Israeli Efforts, Hezbollah has Acquired "Precision" Missiles

Hezbollah's leader told Shiite supporters in Beirut that despite Israeli efforts, the Iranian-backed terror group has acquired "highly accurate" rockets, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

In a speech to commemorate the important Shiite holiday of Ashoura, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said that Hezbollah "now possesses precision missiles and non-precision and weapons capabilities."

The boast comes in the wake of an Israeli attack in the Syrian province of Latakia. The IDF explained that the military airstrikes in Latakia were against a facility that was used “to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons.” The weapons were being transferred to Hezbollah and “posed an intolerable threat” to Israel, the IDF added.

Israel took the unusual step of taking credit for the airstrikes on Latakia, after Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, killing all crew members aboard. Initially, Russia blamed Israel, but later Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Israel was not responsible for shooting down the plane, but that the plane was hit as a result of a “chain of tragic accidental circumstances.”

In a subsequent phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Putin warned that Israel should not "allow such situations in the future.” Israel's air force chief is headed to Moscow on Thursday to offer Israel's explanation of the events to the Russian government.

In a press briefing hosted by The Israel Project on Thursday, Israel's former National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror explained why Israel needed to act and why Syria was at fault for downing the plane.

The strike on Latakia was necessitated because it was a facility that was "used by the Iranians to enhance the abilities of long-range Hezbollah missiles," Amidror said.

Amidror characterized the downing of the Russian plane as a "huge mistake" by the Syrians for failing to identify the aircraft correctly.

U.S. Ambassador: PA Payments to Family of Ari Fuld's Killer are "Unconscionable"

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman reiterated Thursday his country's demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) stop handing out financial rewards to Palestinian terrorists and their families, The Times of Israel reported. Friedman made his comments as the PA declared its intention to make monthly payments to the relatives of the Palestinian terrorist who stabbed to death Ari Fuld, an Israeli-American dual citizen.

“The Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Commission has confirmed that the family of the terrorist who murdered Ari Fuld is 'eligible to receive a monthly salary' as compensation for his incarceration,” he tweeted. “This practice is unconscionable and must stop if there is to be any hope for peace.”

Khalil Jabarin, the 17-year-old terrorist who attacked Fuld, remains in Israeli custody as of Wednesday, and per PA policy is eligible for a monthly salary once the correct paperwork had been completed.

Prisoner Affairs’ Commission spokesman Hassan Abd Rabbo said in a phone call that “families of Palestinian prisoners must complete several measures, which usually take three to four months, before they receive any funds.”

“We are not bashful or secretive about our support for our prisoners,” he said. “The [Jabarin] family would be eligible to receive a monthly salary of $390, if their son is not freed by Israel and it completes all the necessary documents.”

Both the U.S. and Israel recently passed legislation targeting the PA’s “Pay to Slay” program, including The Taylor Force Act named after a murdered American citizen. The Trump administration, in addition, cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the PA.

PayPal Closes Account with German NGO Linked to Palestinian Terror Group

PayPal shut down the account of a German NGO which has links to the terror group the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Benjamin Weinthal reported Thursday in The Jerusalem Post.

The United States-based online payment service closed the account of International Alliance (Internationalistisches Bündnis), an alliance of related organizations. The PayPal account of the International Alliance now has a message, “This recipient is currently unable to receive money.”

In an August article published at a German news website, journalist Stefan Laurin wrote that the International Alliance "is an association of different organizations: In addition to the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany and the Maoist youth organization Young Struggle, the sympathizers of the PFLP belong to this alliance.”

Weinthal observed that while German banks have previously shut down accounts of organizations affiliated with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, this is the first time that PayPal has closed online accounts of a pro-BDS group with links to the PFLP.

Laurin reported that the members of the International Alliance protested in front of Stefanie Carp, the director of the Ruhrtriennale arts and music festival, and promoted a boycott of Israel.

A statement on the International Alliance website says, "We are in favor of canceling the PFLP from the politically instrumentalized terror list… We see it as our democratic obligation to condemn the Israeli occupation policies of the brutal massacre in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military in May of this year.” The PFLP is considered a terrorist group by both the United States and European Union.

Israeli Company Provides First U.S. Drone Food Delivery Service for Golfers in North Dakota

Golfers at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, North Dakota can now get food and beverages from the clubhouse restaurant delivered straight to the green by a drone, thanks to Israeli drone logistics company Flytrex, working in partnership with King’s Walk and EASE Drones.

This is being touted as the first-ever drone delivery service on a golf course anywhere in the United States.

Patrons use their Flytrex Golf smartphone app to order food and beverage items for delivery to one of several pre-approved drop-off sites on the golf course. The clubhouse restaurant packages the order and hands it off to a Flytrex technician, who loads it on the drone and sends it aloft.

The new service is supposed to slash waiting time for peckish putters, as golf-course staff will no longer need to operate a “milk-run” to bring customers food and beverages across the 80-plus acres of the course.

The drone initiative was approved by the Grand Forks Park District just two weeks after the plan was presented to the park board. “We are continuing to build on innovation in unmanned technologies because of the exciting public-private partnerships which have embraced the growth of this industry throughout the region,” said Keith Lund, Grand Forks Region EDC President and CEO.

“The sky’s the limit when it comes to drone capabilities,” said Yariv Bash, CEO of Flytrex in Tel Aviv. “From delivering snacks and beverages to golfers, to assisting in search and rescue operations, to performing key inspections, drones are being incorporated into all aspects of life. This is the first of many projects we have planned in the US, including an FAA-approved pilot in North Carolina which will take off later this year.”

(via Israel21c)

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