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The Daily TIP: New York Times: After "Vile" Speech, It's Time for Abbas To Go

Posted by Tip Staff - May 03, 2018

New York Times: After "Vile" Speech, It's Time for Abbas To Go
Guatemala Moves Embassy to Jerusalem Ahead of Its Inauguration Later This Month
"For the Freedom of Jerusalem:" Ancient Coin Shows More Support for Revolt than Known Before NASA to Test Israeli-Made Anti-Radiation Protective Vests in Space

New York Times: After "Vile" Speech, It's Time for Abbas To Go

An editorial in The New York Times published Thursday described a speech given earlier this week by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's as "vile" and called on him to leave office.

The speech, which Abbas gave at the first meeting of the Palestinian National Council in 22 years on Sunday attributed persecution of Jews to "social behavior" rather than religion. The speech has been widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

The Times argued that by "feeding reprehensible anti-Semitic myths and conspiracy theories," Abbas had "shed all credibility as a trustworthy partner" for future negotiations with Israel. The Times reported in January that Abbas said that he would not participate in United States-led negotiations with Israel.

The editorial also noted that Abbas has a long history of espousing anti-Semitism including his thesis, which questioned how many Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

The editorial further described other of Abbas's failings as a leader including presiding over "a governing system plagued by corruption and dysfunction." The Times denounced his refusal to stand for reelection and thus "overstaying his term by many years and preventing younger leaders from emerging," as well as his failure to unify the Palestinians under his rule in the West Bank and those in Gaza ruled by Hamas.

However, the editors concluded that Sunday's "vile speech was a new low," and that it signaled "it is time for him to leave office."

Guatemala Moves Embassy to Jerusalem Ahead of Its Inauguration Later This Month

Guatemala opened its new embassy to Israel on Monday at the Malkha Technology Park, ahead of its official inauguration later this month, The Times of Israel reported.

The Latin American country raised its flag at the site of its new embassy on Tuesday. The official opening ceremony will take place two days after the U.S. embassy is inaugurated in the city on May 14.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is likely to attend the event.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the new Guatemalan mission to Jerusalem, saying he was “moved” to see the historic event. “Dear friends, welcome back to our eternal capital,” he said.

After announcing his country’s move to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem in March, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told AIPAC conference: "I'm sure many more countries will follow suit shortly.” Netanyahu met with Morales during the event in Washington, D.C., where he thanked the Guatemalan president for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Guatemala was among the first countries in 1947 to cast its vote for the establishment of the State of Israel and, in 1959, Guatemala was the first country to open an embassy in Jerusalem.

The Czech Republic, Romania, Paraguay, and Honduras have all indicated that they are considering following the U.S.’s example and relocate their embassies to Jerusalem. Paraguay has become the latest country to declare its intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"For the Freedom of Jerusalem:" Ancient Coin Shows More Support for Revolt than Known Before

A recently discovered coin stamped with the phrase "for the freedom of Jerusalem," which was found in a cave outside of the central Israeli city of Modi'in, suggests that the Bar Kochba rebellion against Roman rule following the destruction of the second Jewish Temple had more widespread support than previously thought, The Times of Israel reported.

The finding was revealed Thursday, which is Lag B'Omer on the Hebrew calendar, a day when the ultimately unsuccessful revolt is commemorated. That the bronze coin was found so far from Jerusalem, where the revolt was centered, "is important evidence for historians in corroborating the broad geographical spread of the revolt and its supporters," the Times reported.

Previously, historians and archaeologists thought that the revolt didn't have much support north of Jerusalem, but the coin and other recently discovered activity in the region suggests that rebels were also active in the area.

One side of the coin depicts a seven-branched date tree with two bunches of dates with the Hebrew letters "שמע," apparently referring to Shimon Bar Kochba, leader of the rebellion. The other side showed a grape leaf and an abbreviated phrase which means "for the freedom of Jerusalem."

Coins from the Bar Kochba revolt are unique in that they are stamped over other coins.

Coins from the first two years of the revolt had the date inscribed on them. Afterward, no dates were inscribed on the coins. However, they can be identified by the inscription "for the freedom of Jerusalem."

NASA to Test Israeli-Made Anti-Radiation Protective Vests in Space

The AstroRad radiation protection vest designed by Tel Aviv-based StemRad will be worn by a mannequin on NASA’s test flight of its unmanned Orion spacecraft, according to an agreement signed by NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Israel Space Agency Director Avi Blasberger during the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado last month.

Sometime next year, Orion will launch on the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. It will travel 280,000 miles from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the moon over the course of about a three-week mission, and return home faster and hotter than ever before.

The AstroRad vest was developed to protect the bone marrow and organs that are particularly sensitive to radiation exposure, such as lungs, breasts, stomach, colon, and ovaries.

“This evaluation together with radiation protection data obtained from the AstroRad experiment on Orion Exploration Mission-1 will provide NASA with all the necessary information for assessing the AstroRad as essential personal protective equipment for future manned deep space missions such as Orion EM-2 and any future missions to Mars,” says Israel’s Science and Technology Ministry.

AstroRad follows the success of StemRad’s first product, a belt for first-responders to protect the pelvis, and was adapted for outer-space use in collaboration with Lockheed Martin.

Upon the return of Orion to Earth, teams from NASA, ISA and the German Aerospace Center DLR will analyze the efficacy of AstroRad compared to an onboard mannequin without the vest.

(via Israel21c)

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