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The Daily TIP: Netanyahu Urging Trump to Address Iran Missile Threat against Israel, Gulf Arabs, U.S. Bases

Posted by Tip Staff - March 05, 2018

Netanyahu Urging Trump to Address Iran Missile Threat against Israel, Gulf Arabs, U.S. Bases
Guatemalan President Morales Announces Move of Embassy to Jerusalem
Abbas Rejects U.S. Peace Initiative, Says He Will Not End Life as a "Traitor"
Gal Gadot Makes Israeli Graffiti Artist Famous

Netanyahu Urging Trump to Address Iran Missile Threat against Israel, Gulf Arabs, U.S. Bases

In his meeting with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to ask the president to impose sanctions on Iran for testing missiles with ranges greater than 180 miles, Axios reported Sunday.

Israel's concern is that the United States will give into European fixes of the nuclear deal, which would only penalize Iran for developing long-range ballistic missiles that would leave Israel, Arab states including Saudi Arabia, and American bases in the range of of these advanced weapons.

The U.S. is in talks with the three European nations that are parties to the deal, Britain, France and Germany, to address the weaknesses of the 2015 nuclear deal including the failure to address Iran's ballistic missile threat, the failure to ensure that military sites can be inspected, and the sunset clauses that would allow Iran to develop an industrial strength uranium enrichment program within a decade.

Israel will ask the U.S. to target Iran's banking and energy with sanctions in response to violations by Iran of these limits.

Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer explained this at AIPAC 's annual policy conference on Sunday, "That would mean that if Iran continued to develop these missiles, that you would have crippling sanctions on Iran. Crippling sanctions mean sanctions on oil and sanctions on the financial sector. Those were the sanctions that actually created a huge problem for Iran. So if Iran is going to continue to develop its missile program we need to put those sanctions on."

Guatemalan President Morales Announces Move of Embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala will move its embassy to Jerusalem in May, President of the Republic of Guatemala Jimmy Morales said Sunday in a speech at the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference in Washington D.C., The Times of Israel reported.

Morales said that Guatemala will move its embassy to Jerusalem two days after the United States makes the move, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.

“This decision strongly evidences Guatemala’s continued support of Israel,” Morales said. The Guatemalan president was optimistic about other countries following in the U.S. and Guatemala’s footsteps and reassured the crowd that this was the right decision.

In his speech, Morales highlighted that in 1959, Guatemala was the first country to open an embassy in Jerusalem, although it was moved to Tel Aviv after the international community rejected Israeli claims to East Jerusalem.

Morales thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for “leading the way” on the embassy move and indicated that it was his decision that prompted Guatemala “to do what is right.”

Guatemala was one of nine countries that in December voted against a United Nations General Assembly resolution that called for the U.S. to drop the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

It was also the second nation to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and consequently announce a relocation of its embassy after the U.S. made the announcement last December.

Abbas Rejects U.S. Peace Initiative, Says He Will Not End Life as a "Traitor"

Amid rumors of his deteriorating health, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the Trump administration's proposed peace deal and told members of the ruling Fatah party last week that he will not end his life as a “traitor.”

The Times of Israel reported that Abbas made the comment to express his strong opposition to the yet-to-be announced peace initiative of the Trump administration, which President Donald Trump has touted as the “deal of the century.”

Referring to Trump’s purported plan, Abbas stated: “I have said in the past — and afterward — that I will not end my life as a traitor. [The US] can announce the deal whenever and wherever they want, but nothing will happen against our will.”

According to Abbas, the Palestinian Authority will not agree to any arrangement that would not include a Palestinian state, with what he refers to as "East Jerusalem" as its capital, based on the pre-1967 lines. “No one in the whole world would be able to impose on us something that we don’t want,” he said.

The Fatah council rallied behind their leader and called on Palestinians to “escalate the popular resistance, in all areas, against the occupiers and their settlers.” It also proposed a new law that would ban Palestinians from working in settlements and requiring them to boycott settler products and Israeli goods.

Despite his aides claiming that results of recent “routine checkups” were “positive and reassuring,” others have indicated that his health has suffered a “major setback” in recent weeks.

Gal Gadot Makes Israeli Graffiti Artist Famous

After 10 years painting in the streets of Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek neighborhood and sketching caricatures on the city’s beach promenade, an unlikely event recently catapulted graffiti artist Elior Yosef into the international spotlight – an Instagram post by fellow Israeli Gal Gadot.

Yosef, 30, says the “Wonder Woman” star discovered his work on Instagram and began following him about three months ago. A few exchanges between the two led him to create a special painting on a longboard, featuring an acrylic portrait of Gadot as Wonder Woman.

“She asked to see more of my art, so I told her I would come to show her a special piece,” Yosef tells ISRAEL21c.

Growing up by the beach in Neve Tzedek, Yosef spent his childhood painting and drawing superheroes from the comic world. At the age of 18, he began painting caricatures on the promenade, and eventually took to painting on surfboards, cars, motorcycles, clothing and sneakers, he says.

Gadot praised his volunteer work on her Instagram, sharing her photo with Yosef as a #MotivationalMonday post.

Since his meeting with Gadot was made famous on Instagram, Yosef says many opportunities have emerged. Though he can’t discuss all the details yet, galleries in New York and Los Angeles have shown interest in his work. Collaborations are in the works with high-end fashion companies, who have taken interest in his paint-splattered jeans, leather jackets and sneakers painted with intricate designs.

(via Israel21c)

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