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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: IAEA Has Not Been Verifying Iran’s Compliance with All Aspects of Nuclear Deal

Posted by Tip Staff - October 18, 2018

TIP CEO: IAEA Has Not Been Verifying Iran's Compliance with All Aspects of Nuclear Deal
Study Shows that Hamas's Incendiary Kite Terror Has Burned Half of the Forests Near Gaza
U.S. Ambassador Promotes More Israeli-Palestinian Business Cooperation
Technion, Intel Inaugurate Center for Artificial Intelligence

TIP CEO: IAEA Has Not Been Verifying Iran's Compliance with All Aspects of Nuclear Deal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which was charged with verifying Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, has failed "to establish a full picture of Iran’s nuclear ambitions," Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, argued in an op-ed published Thursday in The Hill.

Block noted that the IAEA took a skeptical approach to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's revelations at the United Nations General Assembly that Iran had a nuclear warehouse in Tehran, and gave no indication that it would investigate the Israeli claims further.

The IAEA had previously failed to investigate the nuclear archives that Israel had smuggled out of Iran in January.

Block noted that Amano admitted that the IAEA could not monitor Iran’s compliance with Section T of the deal, and a spokesman for the agency said that it would not demand access to Iran’s military sites.

Block recalled that when President Barack Obama announced the nuclear deal in January 2016, he promised that the deal would be “the most comprehensive, intrusive inspection regime.” This showed that Iran's full compliance "was one of the central selling points of the accord," Block observed.

The IAEA also stopped investigating Iran's past nuclear weapons work before it had a complete picture of Iran’s past nuclear weapons work.

"The gaps in the IAEA’s knowledge — of Iran’s past nuclear work, of its military sites, of items mentioned in Section T of the nuclear deal, and of the nuclear sites discovered by Israeli intelligence — raise questions about the full extent of Iran’s nuclear program," Block argued.

Defenders of the nuclear deal will claim that the IAEA has consistently confirmed that Iran was abiding by the terms of the deal. But all the IAEA has confirmed, Block wrote, is "that Iran didn’t blatantly violate the deal at any site that the IAEA has access to."

What the IAEA's disinterested response to Netanyahu has highlighted is that the nuclear deal "has too many holes, and the IAEA is unable — or unwilling — to address them," Block concluded.

Study Shows that Hamas's Incendiary Kite Terror Has Burned Half of the Forests Near Gaza

Incendiary terror kites launched from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have caused substantive ecological damage, burning half of the forested land near its southern border with Israel a new study has revealed.

“Now is the time for decisions. My position is very clear: We must deal a heavy blow against Hamas. This is the only way to return the situation to its previous state, and to reduce the level of violence to nearly zero,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman as he cited the data.

The minister spoke during a visit to the Gaza periphery where he met with top military officials ahead of a security cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Over the week, terror-kite attacks continued with incendiary devices reaching the Israeli towns of Modiin, Bat Yam and Rishon LeZion, in addition to communities in the Gaza-border region. On Tuesday, the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) said in a report that 1,100 fires have been set since April 10, the day KKL-JNF workers first reported an incident with a terror-kite launched from Gaza. The fires have burned nearly 1,200 hectares of land near the Gaza Strip, more than half of the 2,100 hectares of forested land in the region.

“This week we mark exactly half a year of the phenomenon of kite terrorism, which caused more than 1,000 fires that consumed 12,000 dunams of the forests of the western Negev,” Daniel Gigi, director of the KKL-JNF Southern Region, said in a statement.

Last week, the World Jewish Congress urged the United Nations Environmental Program to condemn Hamas for "consistently committing crimes against the environment."

U.S. Ambassador Promotes More Israeli-Palestinian Business Cooperation

At a conference to promote business ventures between Israelis and Palestinians, David Friedman, the United States Ambassador to Israel said that he promised to speak with Israeli officials to help Palestinian businessman, if "any obstacles" impeded their progress, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

The closed-door meeting was sponsored by the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a group promoting business ties between Jewish and Palestinian businesses in the West Bank, in the city of Ariel.

The meeting was originally slated for Hebron, where a majority of the ten Palestinian participants at the conference are from, but was relocated due to security concerns.

Friedman told the conference that Israelis and Palestinians were committed to working together even if their leaders were not talking.

In assessing the conference, Friedman tweeted, "At the invitation of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce, I met in Ariel with Palestinian & Israeli business leaders ready, willing & able to advance joint opportunity & peaceful coexistence. People want peace & we are ready to help! Is the Palestinian leadership listening?"

The Palestinian Authority has been boycotting any talks with the U.S. since President Donald Trump announced that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital late last year.

Avi Zimmerman, who helped found the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce, described Friedman as “encouraging Palestinian business leaders, in particular,” to join joint business opportunities with Israelis.

Another founder of the chamber, Ashraf Jabari, told the Times that Friedman had “promised to speak to Israeli officials if we face any obstacles in carrying out our projects.”

Technion, Intel Inaugurate Center for Artificial Intelligence

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and Intel Corporation inaugurated the Center for Artificial Intelligence on October 8. The new center will support research projects of Technion faculty members engaged in computational learning and artificial intelligence together with Intel researchers.

Natural language processing, deep learning and hardware optimization for different learning algorithms are among the areas of interest for applications in fields including healthcare, autonomous vehicles, smart environments and home and industrial robots.

“The Technion is the leading university in Israel in the field of artificial intelligence and is one of the top 10 universities in the world in the field,” said the center’s director, Prof. Shie Mannor from the Technion’s Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering. “The Technion has about 20 faculty members whose main field of research is computational learning and another 40 [researchers] are working in related fields.”

“I have no doubt that we will achieve breakthroughs that will lead to significant developments in the coming years. Intel has always maintained a close cooperation with Israeli academia,” said Intel Israel CEO Yaniv Garty.

In 2009, Intel awarded the Technion the “Intel Award” in recognition of Technion graduates who formed the founding nucleus of the company’s branch established in Haifa in 1974. Intel supports some Technion labs and funds many scholarships for Technion students, including outstanding students in electrical engineering and computer science.

(via Israel21)

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