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The Daily TIP: TIP Backgrounder: Iran Lied - What it Means and What Must Be Done

Posted by Tip Staff - May 01, 2018

TIP Backgrounder: Iran Lied - What it Means and What Must Be Done
Qatar's $275 Million Ransom Payment Boosts Iranian, Shiite Terror Groups
Argentina's National Soccer Team Defies Boycott Campaign, Plans Game in Israel Next Month
Israeli Researchers Announce New, Accurate Method for Early Detection of Breast Cancer


TIP Backgrounder: Iran Lied - What it Means and What Must Be Done

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed new dramatic intelligence about Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program, which shows the country is not complying with the JCPOA. Netanyahu displayed excerpts of some 100,000 files Israel recently obtained from a highly-secret compound in Tehran detailing Iran’s long-held nuclear ambitions.

Iran lied about its nuclear program, continued work after deal

Even after the deal, Iran continued to lie. The Islamic Republic preserved and expanded its nuclear know how for future use, under a different name using the same personnel. Annex I, Section T of the nuclear deal bars Iran from the “development of a nuclear explosive device.” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano confirmed that he can't verify Section T of Annex I, in part due to the IAEA's inability to inspect Iranian military sites.

Iran has the capabilities to become a nuclear threshold state

There are three capabilities Iran must possess to become a threshold nuclear weapons state: enriched uranium, delivery systems, and weaponization. The files obtained by Israel reveal that Iran fulfills these requirements.

The fatal flaws of the deal must be fixed

The United States and its European partners must fix the full range of fatal deficiencies in the deal and demand the complete rejection of sunset clauses, robust restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missiles program, wide-ranging limitations on Tehran’s research and development on advanced centrifuges and reliable verification mechanisms.

The deadline for the President to “nix or fix” the JCPOA is fast approaching on May 12.

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Qatar's $275 Million Ransom Payment Boosts Iranian, Shiite Terror Groups

Intercepted messages reveal the Qatari government paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom money to free nationals captured while on a hunting trip in Iraq in 2015, including to groups regarded as sponsors of terrorism.

A report in The Washington Post revealed that Qatar made secret payments totaling at least $275 million to Iraqi and Iranian officials and groups widely regarded as sponsors of international terrorism. Those include the leader of the Iranian Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, and Kata’ib Hezbollah, a Shiite militia linked to lethal attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq.

In total, nine members of the Qatari royal family and 16 Qatari nationals were freed. “The Syrians, Hezbollah-Lebanon, Kata’ib Hezbollah, Iraq - all want money, and this is their chance,” wrote Zayed bin Saeed al-Khayareen, Qatar’s ambassador to Iraq in a secret message.

The U.S government designated Jabhat Al Nusra as a terrorist entity in 2012. Kata’ib Hezbollah was put on the list in 2009. In October, U.S. President Donald Trump placed the Islamic Revolutionary Gard Corps under terrorism designation. Soleimani had previously been designated a terrorist in 2011.

A diplomatic crisis erupted in June last year, when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut all ties to Qatar over allegations it was funding extremists and being too close to Iran. Qatar has long has denied funding extremists. The rift prompted President Trump to denounce Qatar as “funder of state terrorism at a very high level.”



Argentina's National Soccer Team Defies Boycott Campaign, Plans Game in Israel Next Month

World soccer powerhouse Argentina will travel to Israel to play a friendly match between the national teams despite pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign to cancel the game, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

The BDS movement, which promotes the boycott of Israel, launched a campaign “Argentina don’t go,” or #ArgentinaNoVayas in Spanish, to prevent superstar Lionel Messi and his team from playing the match in the Jewish State.

Other tactics used included letters sent from the Argentinean Committee of Solidarity with Palestine to the Argentinean National Secretary of Sports and the Argentine Football Association, saying that calling off the match “would represent the solidarity values of the Argentine people towards other people’s victims of oppression, apartheid and genocide.”

The game, which is scheduled for June 9, does not yet have a venue although it will likely be played at the Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem or the Samy Ofer Stadium in Haifa.

Messi and other famous soccer players, including Sergio “Kun” Aguero and Angel Di Maria are expected to play in the match. The team will then fly to Russia for the World Cup.

Messi, who is the captain of the Argentine national team, expressed his excitement for the trip, “I really want to visit the Holy Land and for Argentina this will be an important professional and spiritual journey and I’m convinced that coming to Israel ahead of the World Cup will do us good.”



Israeli Researchers Announce New, Accurate Method for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheva announced the development of a new and accurate method of screening for early breast cancer, using inexpensive technology for breath and urine analysis.

The team of Israeli researchers used two different “electronic nose” gas sensors for breath, along with gas-chromatography mass spectrometry to isolate relevant data and more accurately identify breast-cancer biomarkers, Ben-Gurion University announced.

In their study, published in Computers in Biology and Medicine, the researchers were able to detect breast cancer with more than 95 percent average accuracy using two different electronic noses (e-noses) that identified unique breath patterns in women with breast cancer.

In addition, the researchers said their revamped statistical analyses of urine samples submitted both by healthy patients and those diagnosed with breast cancer yielded 85 percent average accuracy.

“Breast cancer survival is strongly tied to the sensitivity of tumor detection; accurate methods for detecting smaller, earlier tumors remains a priority,” says Prof. Yehuda Zeiri, a member of Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering who contributed to the study. “Our new approach utilizing urine and exhaled breath samples, analyzed with inexpensive, commercially available systems, is noninvasive, accessible and may be easily implemented in a variety of settings.”

At the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Prof. Hossam Haick has been developing NaNose, a nanotech artificial nose, for the past decade. Nanose successfully detected advanced-stage lung cancer and stomach cancer in clinical studies.

(via Israel21c)


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