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The Daily TIP; Sec. of State Pompeo: U.S. Will Work to "Expel Every Last Iranian Boot" from Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - January 10, 2019

Sec. of State Pompeo: U.S. Will Work to "Expel Every Last Iranian Boot" from Syria
J. K. Rowling Supports Jewish Actor Stephen Fry after Anti-Semitic Smear
Family Says U.S. Navy Veteran Has Been Jailed by Iran Since July
Israel Opens Olympic Sports Research Center

Sec. of State Pompeo: U.S. Will Work to "Expel Every Last Iranian Boot" from Syria

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed in a speech in Cairo on Thursday that the Trump administration will work with allies to "expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria, The Times of Israel reported. “We strongly support Israel’s efforts to stop Tehran from turning Syria into the next Lebanon,” the secretary said.

In his speech to the American University in Cairo entitled “A Force for Good: America’s Reinvigorated Role in the Middle East,” the senior U.S. diplomat warned that areas controlled by the regime of Bashar al-Assad will receive no reconstruction aid from the U.S. until Iran and its proxies had completely withdrawn.

Pompeo stressed that “The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against the Iranian regime’s aggressive adventurism. We will continue to ensure that Israel has the military capacity to do so decisively.”

“America’s penchant for wishful thinking led us to look the other way as Hezbollah, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Iranian regime, accumulated a massive arsenal of approximately 130,000 rockets and missiles,” Pompeo said. “That arsenal is aimed squarely at our ally Israel.”

Praising positive developments in the Middle East, the secretary welcomed Israel’s warming ties with Arab Gulf states as “old rivalries” are put aside to confront the Iranian regime. “Nations are rallying to our side to confront the regime like never before. Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, and Jordan have all been instrumental in thwarting Iran’s efforts to evade sanctions,” Pompeo remarked.

“New bonds are taking root that were unimaginable until very recently. Who could’ve believed a few years ago that an Israeli prime minister would visit Muscat?” he asked, referencing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s trip last year to the Sultanate of Oman. After the historic visit, Oman’s foreign minister called on the Arab world to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

J. K. Rowling Supports Jewish Actor Stephen Fry after Anti-Semitic Smear

Acclaimed author J. K. Rowling, an outspoken critic of rising levels of anti-Semitism in Britain, lashed back on Wednesday against a racist smear of comedian Stephen Fry, Benjamin Kerstein reported for The Algemeiner.

The controversy arose when Rowling tweeted her support for Fry, a well-known British-Jewish comedian and actor, after he defended Rachel Riley, a TV star who has criticized rising levels of anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Far-left ex-MP George Galloway responded to Fry’s statement, “I stand with you, Rachel,” by tweeting: “Dumbfounding. She calls Chomsky (or Chomski as she styles him) an anti-Semite and slanders half the Labour Party as the same. 1980’s left-wing comedy icon and all round gent backs…her!”

In August 2014, Galloway was interviewed by police under caution, after claims that he incited racial hatred by declaring his constituency, Bradford, an "Israel-free zone.”

In response to Galloway’s remarks about Fry, an account called “Stafford 4 Jeremy Corbyn” tweeted, “Don’t forget @stephenfry make money from the potter books. Can’t have him upsetting @jk_rowling.”

Rowling fired back, writing, “Nothing says ‘our movement has no problem with antisemitism’ than suggesting a man of Jewish ancestry is secretly motivated by fear of losing money.”

In August 2018, Rowling entered a heated exchange on Twitter, after author Simon Maginn called Jewish outrage over Corbyn’s 2013 comments indicating that “Zionists” do not understand British culture “patently synthetic outrage,” and demanded that a Jewish tweeter explain his “deep and wounding sense of injury.”

In October, Rowling responded to an article written by a Jewish ex-Labour member, saying that it is "the most profoundly shocking first-hand account of what it's like to be a Jew in the Labour Party in 2018."

Family Says U.S. Navy Veteran Has Been Jailed by Iran Since July

The family of a United States Navy veteran says that he has been imprisoned on unspecified charges in Iran since July, The New York Times reported Monday.

Michael White's mother, Joanne, said that her son never boarded a flight from Iran on July 27. White had been visiting his girlfriend in Iran.

Joanne White said that she had reported her son missing. Subsequently, both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security had been in touch with her about her son's whereabouts. Three weeks ago, the State Department reported that he was being held in an Iranian jail.

“All I know is that he is alive and they were putting in a request for a consular visit by the Swiss,” the mother told the Times.

Switzerland's embassy handled U.S. interests in Iran since Iranian students took control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held those stationed there as hostages in 1979.

Iranwire, a news service run by Iranian expatriates, also reported on Monday that White had been jailed.

Iran has a long history of imprisoning Americans without due process. In July 2017, Iran sentenced Xiyue Wang, a graduate student, and researcher at Princeton University, to 10 years in an Iranian prison on charges of espionage.

Mr. Wang joins Karan Vafadari, a U.S. dual citizen who owns an art gallery in Tehran and was convicted for serving alcohol. Also imprisoned are Iranian-Americans Baquer and Siamak Namazi, a father and son who are being held in the notorious Evin prison. Baquer Namazi, 81, is in poor health after triple bypass surgery.

Iranian authorities arrested Siamak Namazi in October 2015 and his father, a former UNICEF representative, was arrested four months later when he came to Iran to work on his son’s release. The Islamic Republic does not recognize dual citizenship and, in most cases, dual nationals are sentenced in Iran’s Revolutionary Court in secret sessions without legal representation.

Israel Opens Olympic Sports Research Center

Hoping to produce more Olympic medalists in the future, the Israel Olympic Committee and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology recently launched the Israeli Olympic Sports Research Center.

“The joint establishment of the center will position Israel in an advantageous position over our competitors in world sports with regard to scientific knowledge and technology,” said Olympic Committee Chairman Yigal Carmi.

“The fields of biomechanics, motion analysis and technological development are areas of application that will now receive special attention so the performance of our athletes can be improved. The Olympic Committee of Israel welcomes and acknowledges this strategic cooperation with Technion, which involves the fusion of brilliant scientific minds for the benefit of Israeli Olympic sports.”

The center’s first project, “The Mechanical Signature of Olympic Surfboard Fins,” relates to surfer/surfboard compatibility. Gur Steinberg, coach for the Israeli windsurfing team, explained that the differences in fins on certain models of surfboards can affect athletic performance.

The study conducted at Technion’s Material Mechanics Center Faculty of Mechanical Engineering aims to differentiate accurately among the various fins and adapt them optimally to each surfer.

“Very often we see that a fraction of a second or a few centimeters determine whether a competitor will win a gold medal,” said Prof. Alon Wolf, head of the Technion’s Laboratory for Bio-Robotics and Biomechanics. “This kind of advantage is the result of scientific understanding and its implementation in training and equipment.”

The Israeli Olympic Sports Research Center was initiated following a seminar at the Technion for Olympic coaches and in recognition of the need for an extensive and in-depth research on various aspects of sports.

Judokas Yael Arad (silver) and Oren Smadja (bronze) won Israel’s first Olympic medals in 1992. Since then, six additional Israelis won bronze medals in sailing, canoeing and judo. Sailboarder Gal Fridman is the only Israeli to win a gold medal so far, which he did at the 2004 Athens Summer Games.

(via Israel21c)

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