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The Daily TIP: Syria Accuses Israel of Striking Military Installation; Eight Iranian Soldiers Reported Killed

Posted by Tip Staff - May 09, 2018

Syria Accuses Israel of Striking Military Installation; Eight Iranian Soldiers Reported Killed
U.S. Gulf Allies Hail President Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Nuke Deal with Iran
Following U.S. and Guatemala, Paraguay to Move Its Embassy to Jerusalem by the End of May
Robert DeNiro, Partners, to Open Boutique Hotel in Tel Aviv


Syria Accuses Israel of Striking Military Installation; Eight Iranian Soldiers Reported Killed

Syria accused Israel of launching an airstrike against a military installation near Damascus overnight in which eight Iranians were allegedly killed, Ynet reported Wednesday.

The reported airstrike targeted an installation in the Al-Kiswah region southwest of Damascus. Israel is believed to have struck that base in December of last year.

The apparent Israeli attack came after the IDF gave orders to open public bomb shelters in the Golan Heights after reports of "irregular Iranian movements" inside Syria. There are concerns that Iran could try to retaliate after suspected Israeli strikes against the Tiyas or T-4 airbase in February and April. In February the attack on the Tiyas airbase came after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israel airspace. In April, Israel announced that it was able to determine that the drone had been armed and on an attack mission.

CNN reported last month that United States intelligence had detected cargo shipments from Iran to Syria and feared that the cargo may have been arms with which to attack Israel.

According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 15 people were killed in the overnight airstrike, and at least eight of those killed were Iranian personnel.



U.S. Gulf Allies Hail President Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Nuke Deal with Iran

Residents of the Gulf States who are allied with the United States expressed their support for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported Wednesday.

"Iran used economic gains from the lifting of sanctions to continue its activities to destabilise the region, particularly by developing ballistic missiles and supporting terrorist groups in the region," a statement from the Saudi foreign ministry read. The statement supported Trump's intention to reimpose sanctions on Iran and asked other nations to adopt a "comprehensive view that is not limited to its nuclear programme but also includes all hostile activities."

One Saudi tweeted, "No deal could ever be struck with the devil, and Saudi Arabia fully supports President Trump's decision ... Together we prevail."

Expressing sentiments similar to those of the Saudi foreign ministry, Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, tweeted, "Iran interpreted the JCPOA as concurrence of its regional hegemony. An aggressive Iran was emboldened as a result & its ballistic missile program became both offensive & exportable."

Abdulaziz al-Sager, head of the Gulf Research Centre, which is based in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, said. "It's good that he mentioned Syria, that he mentioned Yemen, that he mentioned Lebanon - all of the concerns that we have."



Following U.S. and Guatemala, Paraguay to Move Its Embassy to Jerusalem by the End of May

Paraguay will be the third nation to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which it plans to do by the end of the month, following the leads of the United States and Guatemala, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday. Outgoing Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes is planning to attend the ceremony.

The American embassy is scheduled to open next week on May 14 to coincide with the secular date of Israel's independence, and Guatemala is scheduled to open its Jerusalem embassy two days later.

Cartes, at the end of April, at a celebration of Israel's 70th anniversary, pledged to move the Paraguayan embassy before the end of his term in August. At the time he had not given a specific date for the move. A Paraguayan government spokesman told Reuters that Cortes planned to travel to Israel on May 21 or 22 for the opening of the embassy.

On Tuesday this week, Tanzania opened an embassy in Ramat Gan, becoming the fifteenth African country to establish an embassy in Israel, and the fourth to do so in just the last three years.

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga, the highest-ranking Tanzanian official to visit Israel, was on hand for the opening of the embassy.

Israel and Tanzania had first established diplomatic relation in 1963, but Tanzania, like many African nations, broke ties with Israel after the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The two countries re-established diplomatic relations in 1995. Relations between the two countries improved with the election of President John Magufuli in 2015.

 

Robert DeNiro, Partners, to Open Boutique Hotel in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv’s trendy Rothschild Boulevard will welcome another high-end boutique hotel soon with the opening of Nobu Hospitality’s 17th global location.

Nobu, founded in 2013 by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, engaged Canadian power couple Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman to develop a vision to introduce the “tastemakers and style setters” brand to Israel.

With Nobu restaurant at its core, the new boutique hotel will be located at 55 Rothschild Boulevard and 66 Ahad Ha’am Street. The property will offer 38 guest rooms, a large garden, fitness center and pool, outdoor spaces and a private rooftop for events.

“To come to Tel Aviv in this location with partners and good friends, Gerry and Heather, is the perfect congruence for us all,” said Teper.

Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive Officer said, “Coupled with Tel Aviv’s presence as a major high-tech and business center, and the strong tourism market in the city, the project fits perfectly with our global clientele.”

Nobu Hospitality’s award-winning luxury hotels are located in Las Vegas, Manila, Miami Beach, Malibu, London, Ibiza Bay, Palo Alto and Marbella. Other Nobu hotels are in development in Barcelona, Riyadh, Los Cabos, Chicago, Toronto, São Paulo and Atlanta.

The company has not announced the exact opening date for Nobu Tel Aviv.

(via Israel21c)


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