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The Daily TIP: Politico: Trump Set to Decertify Nuke Deal, Ramp Up Pressure on Iran

Posted by Tip Staff - October 04, 2017

Politico: Trump Set to Decertify Nuke Deal, Ramp Up Pressure on Iran
Hamas Refuses to Disarm Raising Concerns of Hezbollah Model in Gaza
French PM Vows to Fight Anti-Semitism
U.S. Television Exec: Strong Characters are Key to Success of Israeli Shows in Int'l Markets

Politico: Trump Set to Decertify Nuke Deal, Ramp Up Pressure on Iran

President Donald Trump's national security team has unanimously recommended a plan for the president to decertify the nuclear deal with Iran and ramp up pressure against the Islamic Republic to counter its conventional threats.

"Trump’s team plans to work with Congress and European allies to apply new pressure on the Iranian regime, according to a strategy developed in an Iran policy review led by national security adviser H.R. McMaster," Politico reported Tuesday. "But the strategy assumes the nuclear deal will remain intact for now."

News of this plan comes ahead of the October 15 deadline for Trump to announced whether or not he will certify Iran's compliance with the deal.

The admission last week by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano that he could not verify Iran's compliance with the terms of Section T of Annex I of the deal, means that “the deal is not fully implemented" by Iran, according to David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security.

The strategy to decertify the deal, but not have Congress re-impose nuclear sanctions against Iran would allow Trump to "demonstrate contempt for the agreement and broadcast a new level of toughness toward the Iranian regime," without straining diplomatic ties with allies who wish to keep the deal intact.

In a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R - Ark.) described a possible approach for how Trump would proceed after decertifying the deal.

Hamas Refuses to Disarm Raising Concerns of Hezbollah Model in Gaza

Hamas has rejected the Palestinian Authority’s demand for disarmament and has vowed to hold onto its weapons to fight Israel.

The terrorist group’s Politburo Chief, Ismail Haniyeh, said in an interview with Egyptian television that “there are two groups of weapons: There are the weapons of the government, the police and security services,” The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

He added, “And there are the weapons of the resistance. Regarding the weapons of the resistance, as long as there is a Zionist occupation on Palestinian land, it is the right of the Palestinian people to possess weapons and resist the occupation in all of forms of resistance.”

In an interview with Egyptian television on Monday, PA President Abbas made clear again his position that no entity other than the PA government and its security services must be allowed to possess weapons.

Abbas said he would not allow for the recreation of the “Hezbollah experience” in Gaza. The Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah, which is in complete control of Lebanon, oversees a vast army within the country.

In a conference call with The Israel Project on October 2, Avi Issacharoff, a longtime Palestinian affairs correspondent, said that if Hamas refuses to give up its weapons, reconciliation will never be accepted by Israel.

“There is a government that is taking care of water, electricity, garbage,” Issacharoff said, adding “But the ones that are in charge of the security issues and the military issues, that will be Hamas just like Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

French PM Vows to Fight Anti-Semitism

During a speech commemorating the new Jewish year at Paris's Buffault Synagogue on Monday, France's prime minister called the ongoing anti-Semitism in France "a symptom of a democratic crisis."

Édouard Philippe said that he would implement a new plan to fight anti-Semitism by means of "prevention, through education and culture" in the coming years and that he "conceived and developed" the plan "in close partnership with civil society and obviously [the Jewish community]," The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Specifically, Philippe said that one of his goals was to fight online anti-Semitism that has "overrun social media."

Referring to anti-Semitic violence in recent years including the abduction and killing of Ilan Halimi in 2006, the murder of a teacher and three students at the Ozar HaTorah school in Toulouse in 2012, the January 2015 attack on the Hyper Casher supermarket, and the murder earlier this year of Sarah Halimi, Philippe termed these examples of "the ultra-violence of Islamist terrorism and barbarism."

"When someone attacks a French citizen because of his background or his beliefs," Philippe said, "he attacks France and what it holds most precious: its way of life, its values, its heritage...”

Citing an "insufficient decrease" in the number of acts of anti-Semitism last year, the French prime minister observed, "This reality is the normalization of antisemitism, and its reinvented form, as President [Macron] said, anti-Zionism," referring to a speech Macron made in July.

U.S. Television Exec: Strong Characters are Key to Success of Israeli Shows in Int'l Markets

Why are Israeli TV formats like “In Treatment,” “Homeland” and “Fauda” extremely successful in the United States? It’s all about the characters, says Adam Berkowitz, co-head of the television department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles.

“In Israel there isn’t a lot of money to do expensive action or adventure shows, so instead there is a focus on characters, and it’s the compelling characters that draw you,” Berkowitz tells ISRAEL21c.

“These are characters who deal with complex issues, and because Israel is a Western society those issues resonate with American viewers. For example, look at ‘In Treatment.’ They didn’t write new scripts for the American version but just translated the scripts from Hebrew to English and it worked. So, obviously a lot of Israelis are talking about the same things with their therapists as Americans do,” he points out.

Berkowitz also sold “Fauda” to Netflix. The award-winning series about a counterterrorism undercover unit has aired in the US since November 2016 in the original Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

When Berkowitz received eight subtitled episodes of Ananey Communications’ popular teen drama “Ha-Hamama” (“The Greenhouse”) written by Giora Chamizer, he thought it could translate well into English and would be perfect for Netflix.

“I love Israel; it’s my passion,” he says. “This is my way of giving back. It’s my mitzvah [good deed] and it’s a good business model because the shows are really good. I want to keep selling more formats and producing more content in Israel.”

(via Israel21c)

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