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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: Afrin Would be “Good Place” for U.S. to Start Confronting Iran in Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - February 23, 2018

TIP CEO: Afrin Would be “Good Place” for U.S. to Start Confronting Iran in Syria
Israeli Transportation App Moovit Gets $50 Million Investment from Intel, Partners
Don’t Let Iran Change the Subject. The Nuclear Deal is a Disaster and Must be Fixed.
Israelis Establish First Dairy Farm on Papua New Guinea

TIP CEO: Afrin Would be “Good Place” for U.S. to Start Confronting Iran in Syria

The Islamic Republic of Iran is using the crisis in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin to tighten its grip on the country, The Israel Project CEO and President, Joshua S. Block, warned in an op-ed published in the New York Daily News on Thursday.

“One area in Syria…has so far been immune to the growing Iranian presence in the country. U.S.-backed Kurdish forces kept northern Syria ‘Iran-free,’ Block wrote. He observed, however, that “Iran now has a golden opportunity, for the first time, to penetrate the Kurdish-operated ‘no-go-zone’ in the north of the country.”

The Turkish government in January launched a ground incursion into the Kurdish enclave in Syria known as Afrin to dismantle positions along the border controlled by the Kurdish militia YPG.

“Concerned by Turkey’s expanding Syria offensive, the regime in Damascus announced a week ago that it would provide reinforcement to Kurdish militia,” Block explained. On Tuesday, the first pro-regime fighters entered the region, exchanging fire with the Turkish military.

“Determined to expand its influence in the region, specifically in Syria,” Block wrote, “the regime in Tehran has instructed Iranian-backed Shia militia forces to march on Afrin together with other pro-regime forces.”

Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011, the Islamic Republic has been an important lifeline for the embattled regime of Bashar al Assad. According to Block “between 6,500 and 9,200 Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) troops and Iranian paramilitary personnel” are stationed in Syria, which are “directly implicated in mass-murder.”

Israeli Transportation App Moovit Gets $50 Million Investment from Intel, Partners

Moovit, an Israeli app developed for helping commuters get to their destination using public transportation, just raised $50 million from investors led by Intel, TechCrunch reported Wednesday.

Moovit, which has 120 million users in 80 countries worldwide, has raised about $131 million in funding and was valued at $450 million in 2015.

The investment was described as "strategic" as the traffic data from Moovit will be integrated in the navigation system being developed by MobilEye, which was purchased by Intel last year for $15 billion. In addition MobilEye founder and Intel Senior Vice President Amnon Shashua will join Moovit's Board of Directors.

"Moovit expects to surpass 1 billion users by 2021 and to expand significantly the number of cities that use Moovit’s data analytics to improve urban mobility,” Moovit co-founder and CEO Nir Erez said in a statement acknowledging the investment. “We are especially thrilled about our plans to collaborate with Mobileye. It’s a synergistic relationship at an exciting time to be shaping the future of urban mobility.”

With MobilEye and other startups focusing on autonomous or self-driving vehicle technology, Israel is viewed by many as a center for automotive innovation. Last fall, Hyundai and Volkswagen announced that they would open research and development centers in Israel to take advantage of the talent base in Israel. Other automaking giants that have research and development centers in Israel include GM, China’s SAIC, Honda, Volvo, and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz.

Don’t Let Iran Change the Subject. The Nuclear Deal is a Disaster and Must be Fixed.

This week Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi charged that the 2015 nuclear deal that his nation concluded with six major powers "has no benefit for us," and threatened that Iran would there leave the deal. Araqchi explained that Iran wasn't enjoying the full benefits of the deal because banks were not doing business with Iran due to uncertainty over the future of the deal, following President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he would no longer waive nuclear sanctions Iran until the flaws in the deal were fixed.

Congress and the other parties to the deal have until May to end the sunset clauses in the deal that would allow Iran to develop an industrial nuclear program in less that 15 years, prevent Iran from any more missile development, force Iran to open its military sites to inspections and pursue Iran for human rights violations and terror support.

To hear Araqchi's complaint in isolation it appears that Trump has imposed a new hardship on Iran. But Iran has been playing the game since the nuclear deal was agreed to in July 2015. Even when President Barack Obama was still in office Iran accused the United States of not living up to the terms of the nuclear deal.

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Israelis Establish First Dairy Farm on Papua New Guinea

Call him the milkman of the world. Since 1990, civil engineer Ronen Feigenbaum has used Israeli technology and knowhow to set up dairy farms in China, England, India, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, South Africa, Vietnam and now Papua New Guinea.

“Israeli dairy farms are the best in the world. Our cows are the champions in production,” says Feigenbaum, explaining why all these countries seek Israeli expertise.

He immigrated to Israel in 1973 from Argentina – where he’d never seen a cow except on a dinner plate — and ended up managing a kibbutz dairy before earning a civil engineering degree at the prestigious Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1978.

Feigenbaum became a dairy farm designer, first for the Kibbutz Movement and now at Tel Aviv-based Alefbet Planners, where he is in charge of planning livestock and farm buildings.

From 1980 to 1990 he worked across Israel, while today he travels widely to share Israeli advances in every aspect of dairy farming, from herd management to milking to silage.

It’s well known that Israeli Holsteins are tops in milk production. “Each one averages over 40 liters per day, some as much as 60,” Feigenbaum tells ISRAEL21c. The US average is 30 liters per day, and in Britain 21 liters.

Alefbet Planners’ clients for the soon-to-be-completed Papua project are Israeli international development company LR Group and Innovative Agro Industry, a company owned by Israelis living in Papua.

(via Israel21c)

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