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The Daily TIP: Nuclear Experts: Iran Nuclear Documents are a "Jackpot," Show Continued Intent to Make Bomb

Posted by Tip Staff - May 11, 2018

Nuclear Experts: Iran Nuclear Documents are a "Jackpot," Show Continued Intent to Make Bomb
Rioters Throw Grenades, Stones at Israel Troops Near Border in Hamas-Orchestrated Violence
U.S., UAE Announce Disruption of Iranian Money Laundering Scheme
200,000 People Worldwide Sign Israeli Flags for Time Capsule to Be Opened in 2048

Nuclear Experts: Iran Nuclear Documents are a "Jackpot," Show Continued Intent to Make Bomb

In the nearly two weeks since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Israeli agents had recovered thousands of files documenting Iran's secret nuclear weapons program, two experts in nuclear weapons technology expressed that the Israeli intelligence coup provided a "jackpot" of information and that the files show that Iran never gave up its nuclear weapons program.

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council published remarks made by former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General Olli Heinonen and Institute for Science and International Security President David Albright on its website Thursday.

Heinonen had told NPR that even though a lot of the information in the Israeli intelligence trove was already known, there was "also new information.” He characterized the intelligence as a "jackpot."

Heinonen explained pictures included in Netanyahu’s presentation showed equipment that is used to produce nuclear weapons that Iran did not admit to possessing.

Albright, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, said that the documents that the Israelis found showed that Iran had a "sleeping" nuclear weapons program. Iran intended for the program to remain dormant until it could be revived to develop nuclear weapons.

In contrast to South Africa, which surrendered all the documentation of its nuclear weapons program to the IAEA, Iran kept their documentation and hid it from inspectors. By keeping the documentation, Iran did not, in fact, denuclearize as required by the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Rioters Throw Grenades, Stones at Israel Troops Near Border in Hamas-Orchestrated Violence

Some of the estimated 15,000 rioters threw rocks and grenades at Israeli troops near the border fence with Gaza in the seventh straight week of Hamas-led riots, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

Rioters near the border fence with Israel reportedly threw grenades, pipe bombs, and rocks at soldiers. The IDF employed crowd dispersal methods in accordance with army regulations.

The IDF also said that rioters had attempted to damage the security fence and that it would use "all means necessary" to protect Israeli citizens on the other side.

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that one person was killed and another 146 injured, The Times of Israel reported.

The IDF said that a number of flaming kites had been sent into Israel and started a number of fires. The fires were reported to be under control. One of the rioters flying the incendiary kites was reportedly hit by IDF fire.

This is the final Friday riot before the planned riots next week that Hamas leader, Yahya Sinwar, has termed "decisive." The riots, which are to coincide with the opening of the United States embassy and the secular anniversary of Israel's founding on Monday and Tuesday.

At a press conference Thursday, Sinwar envisioned "hundreds of thousands of people" storming the border fence with Israel. The terrorist group is using the riots as a political cover to pursue their end goal: the destruction of the Jewish State.

U.S., UAE Announce Disruption of Iranian Money Laundering Scheme

The United States Treasury Department, working with authorities in the United Arab Emirates, broke up a money laundering scheme that provided millions of dollars to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), Reuters reported Thursday.

Treasury designated six individuals and three business entities for their role in the scheme. The UAE, where companies facilitating the money laundering were located, but the same people and entities on its list of terrorists and terror organizations that do business with the IRGC-QF.

In a statement announcing the new sanctions, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said, "The Iranian regime and its Central Bank have abused access to entities in the UAE to acquire U.S. dollars to fund the IRGC-QF’s malign activities, including to fund and arm its regional proxy groups, by concealing the purpose for which the U.S. dollars were acquired. As I said following the President’s announcement on Tuesday, we are intent on cutting off IRGC revenue streams wherever their source and whatever their destination."

Mnuchin thanked the UAE for its "close collaboration" in disrupting the money laundering and called on all nations to "be vigilant" in fighting Iranian attempts at money-laundering to "fund the nefarious actors of the IRGC-QF and the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.”

Reuters described the IRGC as Iran's "most powerful security entity," with control over a large share of Iran's economy. IRGC-QF is described as "an elite unit in charge of the IRGC’s overseas operations."

200,000 People Worldwide Sign Israeli Flags for Time Capsule to Be Opened in 2048

In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, 5,000 Israeli flags signed by 200,000 well-wishers from across the world will be placed in a time capsule at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill historic site to be opened in 2048 on Israel’s centenary.

At least 200 of the blue-and-white banners will hang from poles in the center’s main hall for several months starting on Jerusalem Day (May 13 this year) before joining the others in the capsule. They’ll be preserved in special envelopes and catalogued so signers can find their flags easily in 30 years’ time.

The signatures, blessings and wishes of children, soldiers, cultural and spiritual leaders, government officials, ambassadors and others from Israel as well as New Delhi, Rome, San Francisco, Bucharest, Copenhagen, San Paolo, Abidjan, Miami, Serbia, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo and other citiesare inscribed in languages ranging from Portuguese to Arabic.

One school group came from Los Gatos, California, to hand-deliver their flag. In Florida, 4,000 students marched with 30 of the signed flags on Israeli Independence Day before sending them to Ammunition Hill. Many other groups sent pictures and videos of the signing event.

A US Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder visiting Israel with Heroes to Heroes wrote on the group’s flag, “Thank you, I chose life.”

The Ascending the Flag (Olim L’Degel) project was conceived by Alon Vald, events and marketing manager for Ammunition Hill, site of a critical Six-Day War battle in which Vald’s father and 23 other Israeli paratroopers were killed on June 6, 1967.

(via Israel21c)

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