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The Daily TIP: Newly Appointed Ambassadors from Jordan, Egypt Reaffirm Commitment to Peace with Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - November 09, 2018

Newly Appointed Ambassadors from Jordan, Egypt Reaffirm Commitment to Peace with Israel
Israel's High Court Upholds Judgments Against PA for Torturing Palestinians
SWIFT Announces Financial Messaging Service Will Disconnect Some Iranian Banks this Weekend
Israeli Startup Enhances 911 Functionality with Latest Tech

Newly Appointed Ambassadors from Jordan, Egypt Reaffirm Commitment to Peace with Israel

The incoming ambassadors of Jordan and Egypt both reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to sustainable peace with Israel in a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Thursday, The Times of Israel reported.

Rivlin, who greeted the men in Arabic, accepted letters of credence from Ghassan Majali of Jordan and Khaled Azmi of Egypt. In separate meetings with the officials, Rivlin hailed the peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt as anchors of regional stability, while expressing his wish to strengthen and deepen the relationship.

“We are determined to live in peace with our neighbors, and we are hopeful and optimistic that others will do as you have done,” Rivlin told the Jordanian ambassador. Majali, who previously served as the Hashemite Kingdom’s envoy to Spain, stressed the important anniversary of the peace treaty that will be celebrated next year.

“We remember the huge efforts made by great leaders, the late King Hussein and the late Yizhak Rabin, who stood firm in the face of all odds,” he said. “King Abdullah believes that the peace treaty is a cornerstone for peace in the region and in the world and that a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is a top priority for the Hashemite Kingdom.”

Rivlin responded: “We can still do more to broaden cooperation in areas that impact on both our peoples,” adding, “We breath the same air and live on the same piece of land. When you lack water, we lack water. We must do more to find ways of confronting these challenges together.”

In his meeting with the Egyptian ambassador, Rivlin observed that in a few months both countries will mark the 40th anniversary of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. He also noted the vital cooperation between Egypt and Israel in fighting Islamic extremism.

The Egyptian ambassador took the opportunity to mark the occasion. “It was an important step and the vision of great statesmen, and it remains a pillar of stability and an example that should be followed around the region,” Azmi said. “Egypt remains committed to the peace treaty and to bringing peace to the whole region. We are proud of our history, which is a model of tolerance, co-existence and acceptance.”



Israel's High Court Upholds Judgments Against PA for Torturing Palestinians

Israel's Supreme Court upheld verdicts totaling 14 million NIS ($3.81) against the Palestinian Authority for torturing Palestinians it held in custody, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

The two verdicts — one from June of 13.1 million NIS ($3.57 million) for the false imprisonment of 51 plaintiffs, and the second one from December of last year for 900,000 NIS ($240,000) for attorneys' fees — had been issued by the Jerusalem District Court and had been appealed by the PA.

The plaintiffs claimed that they had been tortured by the PA for cooperating with Israel.

The ruling, which is 1,860 pages long, was described by the Post as "bizarre," because "it involved Palestinian citizens coming before the courts of the Israeli 'occupation' to get justice for their mistreatment by their own PA law enforcement."

The PA argued that the verdict could cause its collapse. The 13.1 million NIS verdict only addresses false imprisonment; the district court has not yet ruled on the claims of torture, which could be much higher.

The ruling by Justice Yosef Elron means that the PA is technically required to pay the sum immediately, though it isn't clear that the plaintiffs have any way to collect.

In July of last year, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the men had the right to sue the PA in Israel because the PA was required by the Oslo Accords to fight terror and that the information the men gave to Israeli authorities helped avert potential terror attacks. Because the men were doing what was required of them, the court held that the PA had no right to imprison or torture them.



SWIFT Announces Financial Messaging Service Will Disconnect Some Iranian Banks this Weekend

SWIFT, the financial messaging service that moves money around the global banking system, will disconnect some Iranian banks this weekend, the institution’s Chief Executive Gottfried Leibbrandt said on Friday, The New York Times reported.

"This weekend we are going to disconnect a certain number of Iranian banks. It's really regrettable, we're not being allowed to be neutral," Leibbrandt told a Franco-German business conference in Paris. He added that the list of banks would be published this weekend, after the financial institutions affected by the decision had been notified.

The United States government told SWIFT that it expects the institution to comply with the sanctions regime and that it could face them itself if it fails to do so. The Trump administration on Monday reimposed all sanctions against Iran that had been lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

SWIFT said earlier this week that it would suspend the access of some Iranian banks "in the interest of the stability and integrity of the global financial system.” Leibbrandt declined to confirm whether the Central Bank of Iran was on the banned list.

However, United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that SWIFT would be cutting off several Iranian financial institutions, including the central bank. In May, The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned the Central Bank of Iran and its head for their support of terrorist groups, including Hezbollah.

"I understand that SWIFT will be discontinuing service to the Central Bank of Iran and designated Iranian financial institutions," Mnuchin said in a tweet. "SWIFT is making the right decision to protect the integrity of the international financial system."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told BBC Persia on Wednesday that Iran's "leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat. They have to make a decision that they want to use their wealth to import medicine, and not use their wealth to fund destabilizing activities in the region."



Israeli Startup Enhances 911 Functionality with Latest Tech
Amir Elichai was walking along the beach in Tel Aviv when he was approached by strangers who demanded his wallet. He complied, and as soon as he was safe, he called Israel’s emergency services system.

“The response time was terrible,” he recalls, leaving the muggers plenty of time to flee. “The technology was not at all up to date.” So Elichai decided to change the situation.

Four years and $24 million later, Elichai’s company, Carbyne, has re-engineered the infrastructure for 911 services from the ground up, to take advantage of all the innovations that have come along in the 20 to 30 years since most emergency systems were built.

Those innovations include the ability to see the location of a caller on a map, to chat by text if a voice call is not possible, to use VoIP (Voice over IP) services like WhatsApp and Skype, and to stream video so the 911 operator can see what’s happening in real time.

Carbyne (formerly known as Reporty) now has customers in 30 cities in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Israel and Singapore. The latest customer, in the city of Huixquilucan de Dogollado, Mexico, came online in September.

“Listening to the call-takers and the PSAP [public safety answering point] staff as they watched the pins drop [on the Carbyne 911 map] within a few meters of where the callers were, and the video upload on their screens was amazing,” says Raymundo Sánchez López, Carbyne’s regional director of sales for Mexico.

Carbyne has a staff of 65 in three offices – Tel Aviv, New York and Mexico. The company’s chairman is former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

(via Israel21c)


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