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The Daily TIP: President of Chad Meets Netanyahu, as Israel Reaches Out Diplomatically to Muslim World

Posted by Tip Staff - November 26, 2018

President of Chad Meets Netanyahu, as Israeli Reaches Out Diplomatically to Muslim World
Shin Bet Reveals Breakup of Hamas Terror Plot that Used Gazans Getting Medical Treatment
Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy Reach Agreement on Longest Underwater Gas Pipeline
Israeli Device that Extracts Water from the Air Helps California Firefighters Quench Thirst

President of Chad Meets Netanyahu, as Israeli Reaches Out Diplomatically to Muslim World

In a further sign of Israel’s growing ties around the world, the President of Chad, Idriss Déby, embarked on a historic visit to Israel on Sunday, the first such visit by a leader of the Muslim-majority African state which severed bilateral ties in 1972, The Times of Israel reported.

In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Chadian leader said that he was interested in renewed diplomatic relations with Israel and stressed that “all options are open” for cooperation with the Jewish State. The two leaders discussed common security threats, such as the fight against terrorism and Islamic extremism.

At the outset of his meeting with Deby, the Israeli Prime Minister observed that he would “make additional visits to Arab countries in the near future,” and pointed out that he had traveled to Africa three times in two years. "I was in West Africa and in East Africa. I hope to also go to Central Africa and bring Israeli entrepreneurs and companies with me that can help improve life for people in Africa. Israel is returning to Africa, and Africa is returning to Israel,” Netanyahu said.

The Israeli leader made a secret trip to Oman last month, in the clearest sign yet of the warming ties between Israel and the Gulf Arab states.

It is believed that another one of the Gulf states is involved in Israel’s efforts to deepen ties across the region. Media reports suggest Bahrain will be next, joining the United Arab Emirates and Oman. This follows a statement by the Arabic-media spokesperson for the Prime Minister, who revealed on Friday that Netanyahu will be visiting Bahrain “soon,” adding, “This visit is only a prelude for something bigger, for another Middle East.”

Shin Bet Reveals Breakup of Hamas Terror Plot that Used Gazans Getting Medical Treatment

The Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, revealed last week that it had broken up a Hamas terror cell, described as differing from past Hamas plots in "both scope and potential risk," which "cynically" exploited Gazans who were allowed to leave to seek medical treatment in Israel.

At the center of the cell was 25-year-old Awis Rajoub, from the town of Dura which is near Hebron, who was recruited by a handler in Gaza. Rajoub was arrested on September 23, after he had begun carrying out the plans he had been assigned and had enlisted family members to assist in buying supplies to carry out the attacks.

The goal of the terror plot, according to the Shin Bet, was to "bring about a security escalation in both the Gaza Strip" and the West Bank.

Rajoub had been recruited in Gaza by a member of Hamas's so-called military wing based in Gaza and instructed to retrieve a cellphone that had been located in a medical warehouse. He was later ordered to meet with a Hamas representative from Bethlehem, who would give him both a password and further instructions on the use of the phone.

At the behest of his handlers, Rajoub met a woman, identified as Naama Mikdad, who was accompanying her sister into Israel for cancer treatments. The woman gave Rajoub a pair of pants with further instructions written on a piece of cloth that had been sewn into the fabric.

Rajoub's handlers, according to the Shin Bet, gave him "instructions on how to prepare IEDs from video clips" and arranged "video calls with the infrastructure's explosives expert."

The suspect appreciated that the Hamas leadership, who had recruited him, wanted him to carry out attacks "as soon as possible" in the West Bank, and to prepare an attack against a "significant" target inside the Green Line, such as "large building, mall, restaurant, hotel, train or bus."

Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy Reach Agreement on Longest Underwater Gas Pipeline

Israel, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy have reached an agreement on the world's longest underwater gas pipeline, estimated to cost nearly $7 billion, the financial website Globes reported Sunday.

After signing a memorandum of understanding late last year, the four countries have negotiated the details of the deal. It is expected that the deal, which calls for the laying of the pipeline with the capacity of 10 to 20 billion cubic meters of gas and will traverse 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles), will be signed in February of next year.

The European Union, which backs the deal, has spent $100 million performing feasibility studies, which have produced positive results.

According to current estimates, it will take about a year to arrange the financing for the pipeline and five years to place it. If all goes according to plan, the pipeline could be operational as soon as 2025.

Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz originally proposed the pipeline two years ago in Abu Dhabi. The project is expected to cost NIS 25 billion ($6.7 billion) and be financed by private enterprise. Investors are expected to recoup their outlays by charging for the conveyance of the gas through the pipeline.

Although priority will be given for the export of gas from Israel and Cyprus through the pipeline to Europe, other countries will be allowed to access the pipeline if they reach an agreement with the four partners.

Israeli Device that Extracts Water from the Air Helps California Firefighters Quench Thirst

An emergency response vehicle (ERV) carrying an innovative Israeli machine that pulls drinking water out of ambient air is on its way to California to provide hydration to police and firefighters dealing with the aftermath of two massive wildfires that have taken at least 87 lives.

The vehicle and the GEN-350 atmospheric water generator were sent by Watergen USA, the American subsidiary of the Israeli company that invented the system.

“The chairman of our company in Israel believes very strongly in humanitarian efforts to assist those who have lost everything in California,” said Yehuda Kaploun, president of Watergen USA.

Watergen USA CEO Ed Russo said aid workers can serve for longer periods of time if they have adequate drinking water, and the GEN-350 reduces the number of plastic bottles needed on scene.

The 800-kilogram (1,763-pound) Watergen GEN-350 can produce up to 156 gallons (600 liters) of water per day from the ambient air. The unit has an internal water-treatment system and needs no infrastructure to operate except electricity, which is supplied from a generator and charging stations on the ERV.

The US Department of Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency in the state of California.

Watergen USA has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to bring an additional ERV and a GEN-350 to California.

Watergen USA’s ERV previously brought a GEN-350 unit to Florida following Hurricane Michael in October. The company partnered with World Central Kitchen, an organization of chefs working to fight hunger and poverty, to prepare food for hurricane victims.

“Watergen USA was pleased to partner with some world-class chefs to assist in the rescue efforts to provide people with gourmet meals using the world’s best chefs and using the world’s best water,” said Kaploun.

(via Israel21c)

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