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The Daily TIP: Palestinians Refuse to Stop Payments to Terrorists, Accuse U.S. of Siding with Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - June 23, 2017

Palestinians Refuse to Stop Payments to Terrorists, Accuse U.S. of Siding with Israel
Israel to UN: Hezbollah Using Environmental Group to Hide Its Presence in South Lebanon
Intel Teams Up With Israeli Cybersecurity Incubator to Foil Hacking Attacks
Israeli Crowdfunding Platform Matches 25 Global Multinationals With Startups

Palestinians Refuse to Stop Payments to Terrorists, Accuse U.S. of Siding with Israel

The Palestinian Authority has accused the U.S. delegation of being mouthpieces for the Israel government and refused Washington’s watered-down demand to stop paying salaries to Palestinian terrorists, The Times of Israel reported Friday.

Jared Kushner, senior presidential adviser and Trump’s chief Middle East negotiator, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday, along with the U.S. administration’s international negotiator Jason Greenblatt.

Abbas reportedly left the meeting enraged by the delegation’s demand to cut off payments for some convicted terrorists and their families. Originally, the U.S. had demanded that Ramallah stop all payments, but later watered-down conditions to some 600 prisoners serving life sentences for murder.

A day after meeting the Americans, Abbas defended payments to Palestinian prisoners, including convicted terrorists, as “social responsibility" and accused Israel of trying to sabotage peace negotiations with unreasonable demands.

Last month, Nabil Shaath, a top adviser to Abbas, called the American insistence that the PA stop paying terrorists "insane."

The Palestinian Authority reportedly also accused the U.S. delegation of siding with Israel against the interests of the Palestinians. “They sounded like Netanyahu’s advisers and not as honest mediators,” a source told Haaretz.."

Kushner and Greenblatt accepted Israel’s position regarding payments to Palestinian prisoners,” a source told Ynet, “and described it as a means of inciting terror, demanding it be stopped.” ."

The Israeli position is backed by the Oslo II Interim Agreement, signed in September 1995 between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel, which strictly forbids incitement. Both parties must “abstain from incitement, including hostile propaganda, against each other and (…) shall take legal measures to prevent such incitement by any organizations, groups or individuals within their jurisdiction,” the agreement states. ."

The Palestinian Authority, however, rebuffed U.S. demands and instead called for an Israeli settlement freeze. A Palestinian delegation is expected to head to Washington next month for further talks. ."

Earlier this month, PA officials confirmed that they will continue paying salaries to terrorists and their families, contradicting an assertion by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the policy had been stopped. Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, characterized American and Israeli pressure to end the payments as “aggression against the Palestinian people.”

Israel to UN: Hezbollah Using Environmental Group to Hide Its Presence in South Lebanon

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Thursday demanded that the UN Security Council take action against the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which is operating in southern Lebanon in violation of Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1701, Ynet reported.

Danon's letter mentioned an April incident when members of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were denied access to an outpost operated by an environmental group, Green Without Borders, which appears to serve as a front for Hezbollah.

Danon's letter also included photos and maps pinpointing the exact locations of a number outposts on the border with Israel and demanded that the council pressure the Lebanese government to expel Hezbollah from those locations.

"This evidence proves Hezbollah is working along the Blue Line under the guise of civilian activity, while violating UN Security Council resolutions 1701 and 1559," Danon's letter read. "Hezbollah continues to grow its strength in southern Lebanon and is threatening the stability of the entire region. The international community must not turn a blind eye to these dangerous threats."

In January 2015, Israel asked the Security Council to condemn Hezbollah after a cross-border attack killed two of its soldiers, but the council refused to do so.

Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, IDF intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Hertzl Halevi showed videos and photographs of Hezbollah's installations in southern Lebanon, The Times of Israel reported.

“Hezbollah is using an environmental organization as a cover for activities along the border with Israel,” Halevi said. “Hezbollah blatantly violates UN Security Council Resolution 1701. We call on UNIFIL to undertake its responsibilities — not only in keeping the peace, but in removing the possibility of war.”

Israel has long criticized UNIFIL for failing to do its job and keep Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon.

Earlier this month, IDF Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi interrupted and rebuked UNIFIL's head, Maj. Gen. Michael Beary, in front of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley after Beary told Haley that the Israel's border with Lebanon was stable and required no further intervention. Kochavi told Beary that UNIFIL was not doing its job and asked Haley to have the Security Council to upgrade UNIFIL's mission, authorizing it to disarm Hezbollah.

UNIFIL was established in 1978 to supervise the border between Israel and Lebanon. Since the Second Lebanon War in 2006, UNIFIL has also been charged with maintaining the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. The terms of UN Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the war, called for UNIFIL “to ensure that no armed groups such as Hizbollah would move into” southern Lebanon.

Speaking at the Herzliya Conference earlier this week, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, the IDF's chief of staff, said that Hezbollah was ensconced in some 240 villages and towns in southern Lebanon, and remains the most immediate threat to Israel. He added that Hezbollah has a presence in “every third or fourth house” in southern Lebanon.

Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explained in July of last year that Hezbollah’s widely-reported tactic of hiding military assets in civilian areas would lead to mass casualties. Reports emerged in 2013 that Hezbollah was offering reduced-price housing to Shiite families who allow the terrorist group to store rocket launchers in their homes. An Israeli defense official told The New York Times in May 2015 that the buildup of Hezbollah’s terror infrastructure in southern Lebanese villages meant that “civilians are living in a military compound” and that their lives were at risk. A few days later, a newspaper linked to Hezbollah bolstered the Israeli assessment.

Intel Teams Up With Israeli Cybersecurity Incubator to Foil Hacking Attacks

Intel, the world's largest chip-maker, is joining forces with the Israeli cybersecurity incubator Team8 to locate innovative technology that will fend off increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

Intel will also open a new cybersecurity center in Jerusalem and Haifa, which will be led by cybersecurity entrepreneur Jacob Mendel.

The chip-maker also plans to work with two cybersecurity companies that were launched with help from Team8, Claroty and Illusive Networks. Together, Intel and Illusive Networks will fight advanced persistent threats using hardware and software. Illusive protects networks by planting false information in them to confuse potential attackers.

Intel official Rick Echevarria said that the collaboration with Team8 is “meant to help Intel develop cutting edge cyber technologies and products.”

In joining forces with Team8 and their syndicate members, which include big names like Microsoft and Cisco, Intel is further advancing its desire to be a major player in the cybersecurity market. Israel is home to around 450 cybersecurity startups and receives around 20% of global investment in the field.

In March, Intel agreed to buy the Israeli automotive technology firm Mobileye for a record $15 billion, the biggest ever exit in Israeli history. The deal is expected to add 3,000 jobs and create more than $1 billion in tax revenues for Israel.

“We think of ourselves as an Israeli company as much as a U.S. company,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said at the time. Intel maintains a workforce of approximately 10,000 in Israel, making it one of the country's biggest privately-held employers.

In November, Intel inaugurated a $6 billion chip production line at its Kiryat Gat facility in Israel. At the time, Intel VP and Intel Israel CEO Maxine Fassberg said that the company has already invested over $17 billion in Israel’s economy and is expected to spend nearly $5 billion more on Israeli goods and services in the next decade.

In late August, Intel’s Haifa facility announced that it had developed the company’s “fastest ever” chip, which could improve the performance speeds of five-year-old computers by up to 70 percent. Intel announced in September that it had teamed up with Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest generic drug manufacturer, to develop technology to track the progress of Huntington’s disease.

Intel’s main development center in Israel, which was established in 1974 as the company’s first design and development hub outside of the U.S., has been credited with some of the microprocessor giant’s most advanced products. The center produced both the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, which power many computers currently in use. Intel has produced and exported over one billion processors from Israel, including the 8088, which was the first processor developed for personal computers, and the Pentium MMX, which was the most popular processor in the 20th century.

Israeli Crowdfunding Platform Matches 25 Global Multinationals With Startups

Jerusalem-based OurCrowd equity crowdfunding platform has launched OurNetwork, a new collaboration program leveraging OurCrowd’s global network to provide industry-leading multinationals with access to disruptive, cutting-edge startups.

In a statement issued June 22, OurCrowd explained that multinationals often find it challenging to keep pace with the growing ecosystem and global trends, and are keenly interested in partnering with, and investing in, agile technology companies that can materially impact their business.

Of course, the benefits of the collaborations are expected to go both ways.

“Through OurNetwork, startups will have greater exposure and the opportunity to partner with these extraordinary companies,” said Laly David, OurCrowd Business Development Partner and head of OurNetwork.

“We have already facilitated dozens of successful partnerships, resulting in millions of dollars of business transactions to date for our portfolio companies.”

Two examples are GE Ventures’ co-investment in mPrest and Samsung Ventures Israel’s co-investment in Replay Technologies and Corephotonics.

Some 25 global corporations have so far signed up for the new OurNetwork program, including Honda, GE, Samsung Ventures Israel, Intuit, SAP, Autodesk and YESBank.

“We look forward to collaborating more actively via OurCrowd’s new OurNetwork platform,” said Samsung Ventures Israel founder Gonzalo Martinez de Azagra.

(via Israel21c)

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