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The Daily TIP: Terror Victim's Son: PA Could Decide Whenever They Want to Stop Funding Terrorists

Posted by Tip Staff - June 28, 2018

Terror Victim's Son: PA Could Decide Whenever They Want to Stop Funding Terrorists
On Final Day in Israel, Prince William Visits Western Wall, Prays for Peace
In Historic First, IDF Appoints Four Female Tank Commanders
Israel: The Land of Milk, Honey, and Rugelach Flavored Ice Cream


Terror Victim's Son: PA Could Decide Whenever They Want to Stop Funding Terrorists

In a press briefing hosted by The Israel Project on Thursday, Micah Lakin Avni, the son of terror victim Richard Lakin, said that the PA "could decide whenever they want, to stop allocating those funds to terrorists." The briefing focused on a Knesset committee's approval of a bill that would deduct the Palestinian Authority's payments to terrorists and their families from tax payments that the Israeli government transfers to the PA.

Avni was responding to a reporter's question as to whether penalizing the PA by reducing its revenue would cause it collapse.

Avni answered that all governments have to make choices when it comes to spending limited funds, and that it was within the power of the PA to stop paying terrorists and their families. He said that if the PA "proactively decide[s] to use their funds to pay terrorists rather to pay teachers and doctors and nurses, and that brings to their downfall, then that is their own decision — a morally corrupt decision — but it is theirs to make." He added, that the PA "could decide whenever they want, to stop allocating those funds to terrorists, and allocate them to teachers and doctors and social workers."

Brig.-Gen. (Ret,) Yossi Kuperwasser, a former director general of the ministry for strategic affairs, said that though the PA would complain about the penalty, and that "they may have to cut a little bit on corruption and other expenses, ... they're not going to even cut the payments for terrorists; they will not collapse."



On Final Day in Israel, Prince William Visits Western Wall, Prays for Peace

On the final day of his visit to Israel, Prince William visited the Western Wall, one of the holiest places in Judaism, and prayed for peace, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Accompanied by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the rabbi of the wall, and British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Prince William, wearing a black kippah, approached the wall by himself, slipped a note in one of the cracks, touched the ancient stones and meditated silently for a short period, before respectfully backing away from the wall and continuing on his way.

Afterwards he signed the wall's guest book and wrote, "May the God of peace bless this region and all the world with peace.”

“Today we experienced a moment of history which will live long in the memory of Jews around the world,” Rabbi Mirvis said. “The Western Wall stands at the epicenter of our faith. To see the future monarch come to pay his respects was a remarkable gesture of friendship and a sign of the duke’s regard for the sanctity of Jerusalem.”

After visiting the Western Wall, the prince went up to the Temple Mount, and entered the Dome of the Rock, which is usually prohibited for non-Muslims.

Earlier in the day he visited the tomb of his great-grandmother Princess Alice, who had shielded a number of Jews during the Holocaust.

On Tuesday, Prince William visited Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.



In Historic First, IDF Appoints Four Female Tank Commanders

In a historic move, four women officially finished tank commanders course and became the IDF’s first female tank commanders after a 16-month grueling pilot program, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

“There has never been such an experience in the IDF,” said chief armored officer Brig.-Gen Guy Hasson, who initially expressed misgivings about having female tank crews, adding that the four female tank commanders are “four amazing and determined women.”

The selection process was based on medical data, the soldiers’ motivation, former commanders’ opinions, and personal interviews, the army said. 30 candidates were selected by a committee for interviews of which half were selected to participate in the historic program.

Two recruits dropped out just after two weeks. The 13 remaining recruits trained at the Shizafon Base deep in the Negev desert, where they were divided into three squads led by a senior tank commander, completing their tank training on the Merkava Mark-3 model. The women learned about tactical intelligence, combat operations, training, and more.

Sergeant Osnat, whose grandfather was a sergeant in the 7th Brigade during the establishment of the State of Israel, said. “It’s such an interesting and meaningful service that not everyone has the chance to experience.”

The tank pilot program is part of a growing trend of women filling combat positions in the IDF. Over the past five years, the number of female combat soldiers has increased nearly fivefold -- from 547 in 2012 to 2,700 last year.



Israel: The Land of Milk, Honey, and Rugelach Flavored Ice Cream

Everyone knows that pedestrian ice cream and gelato flavors are passé in 2018. At a time when “local” and “seasonal” are the buzzwords, we’re totally in love with the new uniquely Israeli flavors showing up in the country’s ice-cream shops.

Whether you prefer your ice cream on a spoon or in a cone, you’ll want to make the rounds to try these delicious out-of-the-box flavors this summer, once the weather turns unbearably hot and the cool treat is more a lifeline than just a dessert.

1) Halva Sorbet (Anita, Tel Aviv)

It just wouldn’t be right to visit Israel and not gorge yourself on all things sesame, including sweet delicious sesame candy, a.k.a. halva.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Tel Aviv experience, then you’ll want to also enjoy all the vegan options the city has to offer.

2) Bamba (Leggenda, nationwide)

Israelis generally abhor peanut butter. But if it’s in the form of a puffy corn-based snack (Bamba), they can’t get enough of it! In fact, Israelis eat so much of the stuff from such an early age, that they have the lowest incidence of peanut allergies in the world.

Visit Leggenda parlors and you’ll have the pleasure of partaking in this most Israeli of flavors.

3) Rugelach (Iceberg, several locations in central Israel)

If gooey chocolate wrapped around yeasted dough croissant-style is your thing, then you will absolutely love Israel’s favorite bakery treat, rugelach. Paying homage to the fresh-baked deliciousness is Iceberg, the Tel Aviv-based chain that uses all-natural ingredients.

(via Israel21c)


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