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The Daily TIP: Israeli Missile Expert: Testing Site Shows Iran’s Ambition to Project Power Past Middle East

Posted by Tip Staff - May 24, 2018

New York Times: Evidence Shows that Iran has Ongoing Advanced Ballistic Missile Program
UK Parliamentary Group Releases Report Warning of "Iran's Hand" in Yemen's Civil War
Could Israel Offer Palestinians What Their Own Leaders Won't - Hope?
Can You Drop an Egg from 40 Meters without It Cracking? At the Technion 14 Teams Found Out

New York Times: Evidence Shows that Iran has Ongoing Advanced Ballistic Missile Program

Satellite imagery of a testing site shows that Iran has an ongoing and advanced ballistic missile development program, possibly developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Using advanced satellite imagery, researchers found evidence that Iran has tested engines that could be used to power ICBMs. From the evidence Iran's work on ballistic development continued throughout the time that the nuclear deal was negotiated and even since its implementation. Ballistic missiles are capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

The researchers cited by the Times assessed that Iran "is developing the technology for long-range missiles," and that these missiles "could threaten Europe and potentially the United States."

The researchers found the evidence when they started looking into a missile testing site near Shahrud, located about 250 miles east of Tehran, in northeastern Iran. Though Iran had used the Shahrud facility to test a missile in 2013, it was thought to have no longer been in use.

The Times explained that while many weapons systems can be tested indoors, missiles cannot. The test firing of missile engines can leave flame-shaped scars on the ground. Two such scars were made in 2016, and in June 2017.

The researchers also noted the absence of any sort of fuel tanks, trucks, or fueling stations, suggesting that Iran was using solid fuel - more typical of missiles used as weapons. Liquid fuel missiles require infrastructure that could be vulnerable to an enemy's attack, but solid fuel missiles can be hidden until ready for deployment.

UK Parliamentary Group Releases Report Warning of "Iran's Hand" in Yemen's Civil War

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Yemen in the British Parliament on Wednesday released their annual report on the situation in the war-stricken country, warning, for the first time, of “Iran’s hand in the civil war (…) and its attempt to project power on the Arabian Peninsula.”

The APPG observed that, “Cooperation with non-state actors is an integral part of Iran’s foreign policy through which the Islamic Republic seeks to consolidate power across a region dominated by Sunni Islam.”

The parliamentary group further noted that “Iran’s stance against the war must be judged in the context of their desire to undermine Western and Saudi influence in Yemen” and warned that Tehran’s arming of the Houthi rebels has led to a “major escalation” in the conflict.

The report references several “illicit arms shipments from Iran to Yemen” – which included the transfer of thousands of AK-47 rifles, 100-rocket propelled grenades, and dozens of PKM general purpose machine guns – in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

The APPG charged that Iran is in non-compliance with paragraph 14 of UNSCR 2216, after a U.N. expert panel “identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were brought into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo.”

The APPG report, in line with UK government policy, reaffirms Saudi Arabia’s right to self-defense against Houthi attacks, and recommends that the international community is “working to ensure that Iran cannot exert undue influence in Yemen.”

Could Israel Offer Palestinians What Their Own Leaders Won't - Hope?

After the deadly Hamas-led riots last week at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Gazans were asking of Hamas, the terrorist group that rules Gaza, what it had accomplished by ratcheting up the violence. One young man told The New York Times that nothing was accomplished by the violence, adding, "People are dead. They deceived us that we would breach the fence. But that didn’t happen.”

The Times reported further, "Hamas is no closer to improving the lives of increasingly restless Gazans. The group lacks money to even pay public employees’ salaries or other expenses of governing."

While the residents of Gaza are no closer to independence than they were at the end of March, when Hamas started the weekly riots, called the Great March of Return, neither are the Palestinians of the West Bank, ruled by the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas who is now in the fourteenth year of a four-year term as president, has recently been hospitalized. Though he's in his 80s and in uncertain health, he says that the PA will not negotiate with Israel as long as Donald Trump is president. His possible mortality has not moved him to seek a historic capstone to his career, a Palestinian state.

Israel is now uniquely positioned to steer much of the Palestinian society in a better direction, through strategic collaboration with Palestinian companies and individuals, who are willing to engage with the Jewish state.

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Can You Drop an Egg from 40 Meters without It Cracking? At the Technion 14 Teams Found Out

Researchers from Haifa’s prestigious Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed world-changing technology – from new methods for detecting lung disease to launching the next generation of synchronized nano-satellites.

But sometimes, the guys and girls at the cutting edge of science just wanna have fun.

And what’s more fun that dropping a raw egg from a 40-meter-high (131-foot) crane to see if it splats? Or in the case of the “Egg Copter X20” competition held last week on the Technion campus, to see if students can come up with ways so the eggs won’t break.

The egg-dropping extravaganza is part of the annual “Doctor Bob’s TechnoBrain” competition, which has been running since 1997 and was conceived by Neev-Ya Durban, then a student at the Technion’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. Durban wanted to enable his classmates and their families to “get away from their textbooks and computer screens and give them an opportunity for creative expression while coping with complex problems in a fun atmosphere.”

Durban was tragically murdered in 2003 during a mugging in Tel Aviv, but his competition lives on. His parents, Technion professors David and Rachel Durban, are part of the jury.

“Neev-Ya’s vision and dream has been fully accomplished,” said David Durban. “Today’s competition was heartwarming because what we saw was the essence of engineering.”

Who’s Dr. Bob, by the way? That’s Dr. Robert Shillman, who did his graduate work at the Technion, and who funds the competition and prizes.

(via Israel21c)

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