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The Daily TIP: Netanyahu: Ceasefire Implemented Tuesday Night after Hamas "Begged" for One

Posted by Tip Staff - November 14, 2018

Netanyahu: Ceasefire Implemented Tuesday Night after Hamas "Begged" for One
Nuclear Experts: Archive Shows that Iran Had "Advanced Capabilities" to Produce Nukes
U.S.-Based Diplomat from Majority-Muslim Azerbaijan Pledges to Fight Anti-Semitism
Israeli Researchers Have Invented Personalized Tissue Implants Made with Patient's Own Cells

Netanyahu: Ceasefire Implemented Tuesday Night after Hamas "Begged" for One

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was implemented Tuesday night ending a barrage of some 460 rockets launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip, after Hamas "begged" for one, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Netanyahu's assessment was backed up by unnamed Israeli officials, who said it was Hamas that asked for the ceasefire. Other mediators who worked on the ceasefire, including Egypt, the United Nations, Norway, and Switzerland, also indicated that it was Hamas that sought to stop fighting.

The ceasefire went into effect Tuesday night. A joint statement of the Gaza-based terrorist groups said that they would halt attacks against Israel "as long as the Zionist enemy does the same.”

Israel's security cabinet approved the deal after a six-hour meeting. Four ministers, including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, opposed the ceasefire deal. The others were Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, and Jerusalem Affairs Minister and Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin.

Top officials of Israel's defense and security agencies — including the IDF, Mossad and Shin Bet — briefed the security cabinet, and all reportedly recommended limiting Israel's response to the rocket attacks and not escalating to a full-blown war.

In the wake of an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire deal, Liberman resigned, saying that he could "no longer" do his job. The departure of Liberman and his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, from the coalition leaves the current government with a narrow 61-seat majority in Knesset. Liberman had joined the government as Defense Minister in May 2016, a year after the last elections.

Bennett, who leads the Habayit Hayehudi party, has demanded the defense portfolio and is threatening to leave the government with his party if he doesn't get it.

Nuclear Experts: Archive Shows that Iran Had "Advanced Capabilities" to Produce Nukes

The documents in an archive seized by Israel show that Iran had "more advanced capabilities to make nuclear weapons themselves," according to a paper being prepared by an anti-proliferation think tank, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday.

Foreign Policy, which saw an early draft of the paper being produced by the Institute for Science and International Security — written by the Institute's president, former weapons inspector David Albright, former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Andrea Strickler, a senior policy analyst at the institute — reported that the information contained in the archive "demonstrates that Washington and the IAEA were constantly underestimating how close Tehran was to a bomb."

Though the deal was meant to limit Iran's ability to highly enriched uranium to fuel a nuclear bomb, the archive shows that Iran had also developed the capabilities "to make the nuclear weapons themselves." This aspect of the archive is described as "a surprising and troubling finding in the new intelligence."

“The archive is littered with new stuff about the Iranian nuclear weapons program,” Albright said. “It’s unbelievable how much is in there.” Based on what he has learned from reviewing the documents in the archive, he said that the Iranians “were further along than Western intelligence agencies realized.”

Albright noted that though the United States government believed that it would take Iran two years to build a nuclear weapon, "the information in the archive makes it clear they could have done it a lot quicker."

In an op-ed published last month in The Hill, Josh Block, the President and CEO of The Israel Project, noted that the IAEA had failed to follow through on the recent Israeli revelations and the implications of those failures on the agency’s overall knowledge of Iran’s nuclear weapons work.

“The gaps in the IAEA’s knowledge — of Iran’s past nuclear work, of its military sites, of items mentioned in Section T of the nuclear deal, and of the nuclear sites discovered by Israeli intelligence — raise questions about the full extent of Iran’s nuclear program,” Block argued.

U.S.-Based Diplomat from Majority-Muslim Azerbaijan Pledges to Fight Anti-Semitism

A senior official from Azerbaijan, a majority-Muslim country located in the southern part of the Caucasus bordering Iran, has expressed solidarity in the wake of the October 27 massacre in which 11 Jews worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh were killed and six others were wounded.

“What happened in Pittsburgh is truly an assault on all people who believe in peace, because our values and our hopes are undeniably intertwined,” Nasimi Aghayev, Consul General of Azerbaijan to the Western United States, wrote in an op-ed published in the Jewish Journal on November 7.

“Hatred of Jews hurts everyone, just as the hatred of any group of people is a sickness that affects our entire world,” Aghayev, who is based in Los Angeles, observed. “A revolving phenomenon of bigotry, racism and xenophobia that comes in many forms and leaves the same lasting mark wherever it exists.”

“I am grateful that educating every child about the evil of anti-Semitism is part of the mandatory curriculum in Azerbaijan’s public schools,” Aghayev said. But, as he spoke of the need of advancing constructive religious dialogue and interfaith efforts, he also admitted that “Clearly, our work is far from complete. We have so much yet to achieve together.”

The government of Azerbaijan is on record stressing the absence of anti-Semitism in the country and its good relations with Israel. During a visit to the Central Asian state in 2016, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the growing ties between Israel and the Shiite-majority country are a praiseworthy example of “Muslims and Jews working together to secure a better future for both of us.” Netanyahu was in Azerbaijan to commemorate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Israeli Researchers Have Invented Personalized Tissue Implants Made with Patient's Own Cells

Israeli researchers report that they have invented the first fully personalized tissue implant, engineered from a patient’s own materials and cells. The new technology makes it possible to engineer any kind of tissue implant, for the spinal cord, to the heart, or brain, from one small fatty tissue biopsy.

“We were able to create a personalized hydrogel from the materials of the biopsy, to differentiate fatty tissue cells into different cell types and to engineer cardiac, spinal cord, cortical and other tissue implants to treat different diseases,” said lead researcher Prof. Tal Dvir of Tel Aviv University’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology.

“Since both the cells and the material used derive from the patient, the implant does not provoke an immune response, ensuring proper regeneration of the defected organ,” Dvir explained.

The research was conducted by Dvir’s postdoctoral researcher, Reuven Edri, and doctoral students Nadav Noor and Idan Gal, in collaboration with Prof. Dan Peer and Prof. Irit Gat Viks of TAU’s Department of Cell Research and Immunology and Prof. Lior Heller of Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center in Israel. It was recently published in the journal Advanced Materials.

“With our technology, we can engineer any tissue type, and after transplantation, we can efficiently regenerate any diseased or injured organ — a heart after a heart attack, a brain after trauma or with Parkinson’s disease, a spinal cord after injury,” said Dvir.

“In addition, we can engineer adipogenic [fatty tissue] implants for reconstructive surgeries or cosmetics. These implants will not be rejected by the body.”

(via Israel21c)

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