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Posted by Tip Staff - July 27, 2017

Abbas Defies U.S. Demands to Reduce Tensions Over Temple Mount
WaPo: U.S. Must Take Stand Against Iranian Hostage Taking
Iran Launches Satellite Into Space, Heightening Concerns About ICBM Program
Indian Animal Health Company Reaches $150 Million Deal With Israeli Poultry Vaccine Maker

Abbas Defies U.S. Demands to Reduce Tensions Over Temple Mount

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is refusing demands from the White House to stop incitement over the Temple Mount and call for an end to protests, Haaretz reported Thursday.

U.S. officials urged the PA to de-escalate tensions, citing Israeli efforts to defuse the situation in the wake of a July 14 terror attack at the Temple Mount that killed two Israeli police officers, an anonymous source told the paper. In the face of continued Palestinian protests, Israel removed the metal detectors and security cameras it placed at the entrance to the complex.

A senior Palestinian official told Haaretz "that there have been attempts to calm tensions and prevent an escalation over the past two days, but the Palestinians decided to continue with their protest."

The official added that Abbas refused to meet with U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt, who traveled to the Middle East in an effort to de-escalate tensions over the Temple Mount.

The head of the Waqf---the Jordan-based Islamic trust that administers the Temple Mount---called on Muslims to boycott the holy site as long as the security measures remained in place.

A White House statement released earlier this week praised "the efforts of Israel to maintain security while reducing tensions in the region."

When Abbas visited Washington in May, Trump told the Palestinian president that there would be “no lasting peace”with Israel “unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence.”

WaPo: U.S. Must Take Stand Against Iranian Hostage Taking

The U.S. government must learn from the tragic case of American student Otto Warmbier and make the release of American hostages in Iran a priority, The Washington Post's editorial board urged on Wednesday.

Less than a month after Warmbier's death, Iran sentenced Xiyue Wang, a graduate student and researcher at Princeton University, to 10 years in an Iranian prison on charges of espionage. Wang visited Tehran to research the cultural history of the Qajar dynasty and stands accused of “infiltration” and collecting “confidential articles” after scanning historical documents housed in Iran’s national archive.

In addition to Wang, a number of other Americans are also languishing in Iranian jails on dubious charges.

On July 18, the U.S. State Department announced new sanctions against Iran, specifically citing the country's habit of unlawfully detaining American citizens on trumped up charges. In addition, the White House released a statement condemning the "hostage-takers" in Iran.

"The arrests warrant a strong diplomatic response, and early signs have been encouraging," the Post's editors stated, noting the newly-imposed sanctions, the statement, and the involvement of senior officials including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell. In addition, the administration prevailed upon UN Secretary General António Guterres to send a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seeking the release of Baquer Namazi, one of the Americans held by Iran.

"This pressure must be maintained until Iran releases all Americans it has arbitrarily imprisoned," the editors urged.

Iran Launches Satellite Into Space, Heightening Concerns About ICBM Program

Iran successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space, reviving concerns about its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program, Iranian state media reported on Thursday.

The launch of the “Simorgh” rocket was first reported by YJC.ir, a website linked to Iranian state television, the Associated Press reported. Critics "fear the same technology could be used to produce long-range missiles" capable of hitting the United States, the AP noted.

In an analysis written last year, arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis explained that the technology employed by Iran's Simorgh rocket appears to be the same used in North Korea's Unha SLV series, which the U.S. intelligence community has concluded "could be used for an ICBM-class vehicle” capable of carrying nuclear weapons to the U.S.

Last year, following the launch of two ballistic missiles, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, boasted that Israel was within the range of Iran’s missiles. "The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2000 km is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance," he said.

Iran has continued testing ballistic missiles since implementing the 2015 nuclear deal, in defiance of the United Nations Security Council resolution that formalized the accord. Under Security Council resolution 2231, Iran is “called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Indian Animal Health Company Reaches $150 Million Deal With Israeli Poultry Vaccine Maker

Phibro Animal Health and Zydus Cadila recently announced their intention to enter into a long-term deal that would see the Indian company license Israeli Phibro’s innovative poultry vaccine technologies.

A Globes report said the five-year deal was worth $150 million.

“We are proud of the more than 20-year partnership with Zydus Cadila serving the Indian animal health market and we view this as an exciting next step in our relationship,” said Jack Bendheim, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Phibro.

Phibro is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of animal health and mineral nutrition products for use in the production of poultry, swine, dairy, beef cattle and aquaculture.

“Our endeavor has always been to enable access to innovative therapies across geographies and this agreement with Phibro will help bring innovations to the poultry market in India. The availability of new advanced poultry vaccines, which were until now being imported into India, adds a new dimension to the Make-in-India movement in the animal health segment,” said Pankaj R. Patel, Chairman and Managing Director, Zydus.

(via Israel21c)

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