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The Daily TIP: Senate Bill Penalizing PA for Terror Support Attached to Foreign Operations Legislation

Posted by Tip Staff - September 08, 2017

Senate Bill Penalizing PA for Terror Support Attached to Foreign Operations Legislation
Israel Could be Forced to Preempt Hezbollah Threat, Rivlin Warns Merkel
Israeli Developed 3-D Replay Technology Installed in Eight More NFL Stadiums
Israeli Company Revolutionizing Sensors for Everyday Life

Senate Bill Penalizing PA for Terror Support Attached to Foreign Operations Legislation

The United States Senate has attached a bill that would cut some aid to the Palestinian Authority because of its payments to families of terrorists to its foreign operations bill on Thursday, assuring the measure will be voted on before the end of the year.

The Taylor Force Act, named after a former U.S. Army officer who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant in Israel in March 2016, and which has substantial bipartisan support, requires the State Department to cut funds to the PA until it stops paying salaries to Palestinian terrorists and their families. The Senate included it in the foreign operations bill will be voted on by the full Senate in December, The Times of Israel reported.

Although the Taylor Force Act still exists as standalone legislation, however by including in the larger bill, the Senate gives it a second route to enactment.

An insider who has been pushing for passage of the bill, told The Times of Israel that this legislative maneuver was always considered an option to get the bill passed, though having a vote on the standalone version would be preferable because that would force individual senators to say specifically whether or not they supported the bill. The Taylor Force Act would require the State Department to stop giving aid to the PA, if the PA continues paying stipends to terrorists. The law, however, would not affect State Department funding civilian institutions such as hospitals, or for security cooperation with Israel.

Israel Could be Forced to Preempt Hezbollah Threat, Rivlin Warns Merkel

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday warned that Israel might be forced to take preemptive action against Hezbollah to take out the terrorist organization’s weapons arsenal.

Rivlin made the remarks after Israeli warplanes struck one of the Syrian regime’s key missile and chemical weapons factories at Masyaf base in Hama province, in an attempt to prevent Hezbollah from taking over the facility, The Jerusalem Post reported. The plant oversees advanced missile production and remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons, including nerve gas.

Security concerns dominated the discussion between the two leaders in Berlin, as Rivlin stressed the danger posed by Iran’s entrenchment in Syria and the consolidation of Iranian power throughout the Middle East with the help of proxy forces.

Rivlin addressed Hezbollah’s complete control of Lebanon and the devastating impact on the civilian population, as well as the group’s violations of UN Security Council resolutions, a concern that was echoed in recent weeks by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Constant bombardment of Israel by Hezbollah, Rivlin explained to Merkel, leaves his country with no option but to respond in kind.

Rivlin also discussed with Merkel Israel’s humanitarian operation to ease the suffering of the Syrian civil war.

During the meeting, Rivlin also thanked Merkel for Germany’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and the sale of submarines, a vital component to confront Iranian aggression from the air, on land, and at sea.

Israeli Developed 3-D Replay Technology Installed in Eight More NFL Stadiums

Intel, the chip-making giant, is installing cutting edge Israeli-developed replay technology into eight more NFL stadiums for the 2017 season, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Cameras outfitted with freeD technology, which were developed by Israeli startup Replay Technologies, have been installed in the home stadiums of the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and the Washington Redskins. The freeD technology had previously been installed in the stadiums of the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans.

The technology merges images captured from ultrahigh-definition cameras installed throughout the stadium into a single 3-D image, allowing viewers and fans to get a 360 degree on-the-field perspective of the action in 3-D.

“By expanding freeD to more teams across the NFL, we’re empowering fans to see every side of the play and relive the excitement of game-changing moments,” general manager of Intel Sports, James Carwana, said.

“During Super Bowl LI [at NRG Stadium in Houston in 2017], fans experienced a pivotal play from the quarterback’s point of view. Seeing key plays up close and from new perspectives is redefining what it means to watch the game.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban invested in Replay Technologies, which was bought by Intel in 2016. Cuban has introduced the technology at the American Airlines Center, where the Mavericks play.

Israeli Company Revolutionizing Sensors for Everyday Life

How did an Israeli startup evolve from using radio frequency (RF) technology intended to detect breast cancer to creating palm-sized devices that can monitor passengers in self-driving cars? That’s the remarkable story of Vayyar Imaging, which is building a multi-purpose sensor with real-life uses that sound straight out of science fiction.

Vayyar’s three cofounders – Raviv Melamed, Miri Ratner and Naftali Chayat – discovered in 2011 that each had a family member suffering from cancer. They set out to make a difference. The product they built was a thumb-sized sensor with 24 built-in RF antennas.

RF signals can penetrate anything from human tissue to concrete walls. Because objects made of differing materials absorb the RF signals at varying rates, some signals go straight through an object while others bounce back at distinctive strengths, creating what Vayyar head of marketing Malcolm Berman describes as “a reflection.” Vayyar then uses its many antennas to stitch those reflections into a 3D image.

For breast cancer, Vayyar could be used to differentiate between normal tissue and a tumor, and between benign and malignant tumors.

Vayyar’s founders soon realized that the same technology could be used in almost unlimited applications – from smart homes to self-driving cars to milking cows. In the latter, Vayyar’s sensors can analyze the make-up of the milk and flag it if it’s not up to standards.

Investors have pumped $32 million into the company in the last five years. Vayyar has 70 employees with headquarters in Yehud and a small team in Sweden.

(via Israel21c)

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