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The Daily TIP: Shin Bet Breaks up Terror Ring Targeting Netanyahu, Barkat

Posted by Tip Staff - June 05, 2018

Shin Bet Breaks up Terror Ring Targeting Netanyahu, Barkat
On University Campuses, J-Street Supports Anti-Israel Boycotts
For Fourth Year in a Row, German Intelligence Reports that Iran Still Seeks WMD Tech
International Acquisitions of and by Israeli Companies Picked Up in May

Shin Bet Breaks up Terror Ring Targeting Netanyahu, Barkat

The Israeli security service, Shin Bet, foiled a "number of significant terror attacks," including a plan to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Shin Bet arrested Muhammad Jamal Rashdeh who is a 30-year-old Israeli-Arab man and two suspected accomplices. The security agency did not release the names of the accomplices.

Although the arrests took place in April, the case was kept under a court-issued gag order until Tuesday.

“Working on orders from terrorist operatives abroad, Muhammad planned to carry out a number of significant terror attacks against a variety of targets,” the security service said.

Among the targets were Netanyahu and Barkat, the United States consulate in Jerusalem, since converted into the embassy, and members of a delegation of Canadian security officials who were in Jerusalem and were tasked to train Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank.

A Shin Bet spokesperson said Rashdeh was taking orders form the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, a terror group based in Syria, and is allied with the Assad regime. The terror group has been responsible for several infamous terror attacks in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s.

According to the Shin Bet, Rashdeh and the two accomplices were planning on bringing reinforcements from Jordan, as they continued to plan attacks.

On University Campuses, J-Street Supports Anti-Israel Boycotts

Campus chapters of J Street, an organization that calls itself "pro-Israel, pro-peace," have worked with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, an investigative report by Noah Pollak, published Monday in the Washington Free Beacon, showed.

Though Catie Stewart, deputy director of J Street U, boasted recently that J Street "does not support Israel Apartheid Week or BDS campaigns and joins anti-BDS coalitions," the records at a number of campuses show that the local J Street chapters have refused to oppose BDS initiatives, and, in some cases, sided with those initiatives.

Based on talks with pro-Israel activists at the relevant universities, Pollak assessed, "J Street chapters provided key assistance to BDS activists through statements, lobbying, and activism that fueled the anti-Israel climate on campus and reinforced accusations against Israel made by BDS groups." In other instances the group "sat on the sidelines during contentious fights over student government divestment resolutions."

An official of a national pro-Israel organization told the Free Beacon that "J Street is unfortunately part of the BDS problem. J Street U chapters reinforce BDS messages and false accusations against Israel to students who know little about these issues, but are inclined to trust a group that calls itself ‘pro-Israel.' J Street consistently seeks to blur the bright line between acceptable political activism and the anti-Semitic BDS movement."

For Fourth Year in a Row, German Intelligence Reports that Iran Still Seeks WMD Tech

The intelligence agency of the German state of Baden-Württemberg found that Iran is still trying to obtain technology for weapons of mass destruction and to advance its ballistic missile program, Benjamin Weinthal reported Saturday in The Jerusalem Post.

The report, which was reviewed by the Post, stated that “Iran continued to undertake, as did Pakistan and Syria, efforts to obtain goods and know-how to be used for the development of weapons of mass destruction and to optimize corresponding missile-delivery systems."

More generally, the report confirmed that since the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, "Iran’s regime attempted to covertly secure advanced technology for its nuclear and ballistic-missile programs, according to German intelligence reports," the Post reported.

The Post characterized Germany as Iran's "most important" European trading partner, as well as the "European country most willing to resist US policy to wind down trade with Iran."

In 2017, Germany exported 3.5 billion Euro ($4.1 billion) worth of goods to Iran; an increase from 2.6 billion Euro ($3.0 billion) in 2016.

The BfV, Germany’s federal intelligence agency, warned in 2015 that Iran was still trying to procure illicit technology for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, despite then-ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers. German intelligence also reported in 2016 that Iran sought to procure nuclear-related materials in at least half of Germany’s states. Last year, German intelligence reported that Iran made at least 32 attempts to acquire proliferation-related technologies, possibly in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal.

International Acquisitions of and by Israeli Companies Picked Up in May

The month of May 2018 was highlighted by remarkable acquisition activity for Israeli companies.

The daddy of them all was the acquisition of Haifa-headquartered fragrance and flavor multinational Frutarom by International Flavors & Fragrances of New York in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $7.1 billion.

Frutarom hasn’t slowed its own rapid acquisition program in the meantime. Today (May 31) the company announced it has bought 51% of the shares of Bremil Indústria, Brazil’s top producer of savory solutions, for approximately $30 million with an option to buy the remaining shares.

In the same week the Frutarom buyout was announced, Modi’in-based video review, search and analysis technology pioneer BriefCam revealed its upcoming acquisition by Japanese giant Canon, a world leader in digital imaging solutions. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Google announced plans to acquire Velostrata of Netanya, whose patented technology allows workloads to migrate to the public cloud transparently in minutes. The partnership with Velostrata will enable Google Cloud customers to simplify their onboarding process to Google Cloud Platform.

Indorama Ventures, a global chemical producer headquartered in Bangkok, will acquire a 65.72% stake in Tel Aviv-based Avgol Industries, manufacturer of ultra-lightweight spun-melt nonwoven materials for the hygiene industry.Israeli-founded QualiTest Group, play software testing and business assurance company, is acquiring the Testing Services Division of Orasi Software, an Atlanta-based software reseller and professional services company, as well as NCC Group SDLC Limited, the software testing business unit of NCC Group in the UK.

(via Israel21c)

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