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The Daily TIP: Russian FM Lavrov: All Foreign Troops, Including Iran's, Must Leave Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - May 30, 2018

Russian FM Lavrov: All Foreign Troops, Including Iran's, Must Leave Syria
After Firing 110 Rockets and Mortars into Israel, Gaza Terror Groups Agree to Ceasefire
Czech Republic Reopens Honorary Consulate in Jerusalem
Israeli Scientists Develop Self-Powered Wearable Device for Early Detection of Disease

Russian FM Lavrov: All Foreign Troops, Including Iran's, Must Leave Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday said all non-Syrian forces should withdraw from southwestern Syria as soon as possible, echoing his calls from earlier this week in an attempt to cool tensions between Israel and Iran.

The Times of Israel reported that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is scheduled to travel to Moscow on Wednesday afternoon for talks with his Russian counterpart on a possible settlement governing the presence of Iranian troops in Syria.

Israel’s Channel 2 reported the agreement would have Israel consent to Syrian regime forces taking positions in southwestern Syria and, in return, Russia would supervise the removal of Iranian and Hezbollah forces from the region near the Golan Heights. Russia would also accept Israel’s “freedom of action against Iranian consolidation in all of Syria.”

Lavrov told reporters earlier this week that only Syrian troops should be stationed in rebel-held Daraa province, a region adjacent to the Israeli border. Russia is concerned that hostilities between Israel and Iran could spiral into war, thereby undermining the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Twitter, stressed that Israel would not agree to any arrangement that allowed the presence of any Iranian troops in Syria, "The long-range missiles Iran is working to station in Syria will endanger us even beyond the range of several kilometers from southern Syria; therefore, Iran needs to leave Syria altogether. We're not party to understandings to the effect that we have agreed to less than this.”

After Firing 110 Rockets and Mortars into Israel, Gaza Terror Groups Agree to Ceasefire

After firing more than 110 rockets and mortars into Israel over two days, Gaza-based terror groups have apparently agreed to a ceasefire The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Hamas, the terrorist group that exercises complete military and political control over Gaza, announced that it had returned to the Egyptian-brokered understandings reached to end Operation Protective Edge, Israel's 2014 war with Hamas. It announced that other terror groups operating in Gaza would also agree to the ceasefire as long as Israel would do so too. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, both of which are backed by Iran, took credit for the attacks against Israeli population centers.

Israel did not say that it had agreed to a ceasefire, but that it would not attack unless it is attacked.

The Times of Israel reported that in response to the more than 70 projectiles fired into Israel on Tuesday, and 40 more overnight, the Israeli military said that its aircraft struck a Hamas drone facility, a rocket manufacturing plant, a weapons depot, and other military targets inside Gaza. Israel also said that it destroyed a "unique" tunnel that traveled from Gaza through Egypt, and 900 meters (a half-mile) into Israel.

“At end of day, we have taken some very effective strikes against the positions and elements of the terrorist infrastructure of Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” Yossi Kuperwasser, a former director general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, said at a press briefing hosted by The Israel Project.

Czech Republic Reopens Honorary Consulate in Jerusalem

The Czech Republic on Tuesday reopened its honorary consulate in Jerusalem, after Czech President Milos Zeman said his country wishes to move the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported.

Founded in the early 1990s, the Czech honorary consulate in Jerusalem was closed in 2016 due to the death of the honorary consul.

Czech President Milos Zeman made the announcement at an event in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday last month. He said he hoped to see not only the relocation of the embassy but “many, many institutions: Czech Invest, Czech Trade, Czech Tourism, Czech Center,” which he vowed would all “be transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

The Czech Foreign Ministry in a statement issued on April 25 confirmed the move. “The Czech Republic has decided to open in May an honorary consulate in West Jerusalem, and before the end of the year a Czech (cultural) center, also in West Jerusalem,” the statement said. The final stage would be the moving of the embassy, for which no timetable was given.

“This step in no way prejudges the final agreement concerning Jerusalem,” the statement said.

The Czech News Agency (CTK) reported that Dan Propper, a 78-year-old Israeli businessman of Czech origin, had been named the new honorary consul. “I see my contribution as being especially focused on economic relations because I have links to the local entrepreneurial community,” Propper told the CTK.

Israeli Scientists Develop Self-Powered Wearable Device for Early Detection of Disease

Israeli scientists have developed an integrated system of wearable monitors that passively detect and transmit vital signs as early markers for disease. Such wearables aren’t unique, but this system is unprecedented because it’s powered by energy from the wearer’s movements and body heat, and can fix its own tears or scratches. .

The wearable system could spare patients pain, greatly reduce medical expenses, and provide extensive and detailed information for epidemiological studies, say Prof. Hossam Haick and postdoctoral researcher Weiwei Wu, who invented the system at the Wolfson Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. .

“Normal health is characterized by known markers such as 60 to 100 heartbeats per minute and seven to eight breaths per minute. If we detect dramatic changes in the various markers in real time, we can refer the patient to a more comprehensive diagnosis and prevent disease from developing or worsening,” said Haick. .

Haick and Wu presented their results in the journal Advanced Materials.

Haick has invented nanotech medical diagnostic systems including the NaNose for detecting cancer and other diseases from breath samples with 86% accuracy on average. He heads the SNIFFPHONE consortium, which integrates this system into a cellphone to enable uploading the data to the cloud for medical analysis.

(via Israel21c)

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