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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: Iran, not Israel, is at Center of Most Conflicts in Middle East

Posted by Tip Staff - March 13, 2018

TIP CEO: Iran, not Israel, is at Center of Most Conflicts in Middle East
U.S. Senator: While Iran is Winning in the Middle East, the U.S. Must Push Back
BBC Issues "Unprecedented" Appeal for UN to Protect Its Persian Staff in Iran
Israel's Magen David Adom Receives Award for Paramedic Training from Ecuador

TIP CEO: Iran, not Israel, is at Center of Most Conflicts in Middle East

Israel is not at the center of the bloodshed in the Middle East; instead, the Islamic Republic of Iran connects many of the region’s “trouble spots,” TIP CEO and President, Joshua S. Block, argued in an op-ed published in The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

“Of all the policy myths that have kept us from recognizing the true nature of conflict in the blood-soaked region, one stands out for its fatality and perpetuation: the idea that if only the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were solved, all the other deep-rooted quandaries facing the Middle East would magically disappear,” Block said.

Block invited the reader on a tour of the Greater Middle East. “The industrial-scale killing machine of the Assad regime in Syria, sustained by Iran and Russia? Unrelated to the ailing Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” Block explained.

He added: “Yemen on the brink of starvation? Nothing to do with the Jewish state. “

Block argued that the Middle East would still face many of the same problems in the event of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

The reason for that is the central role played by Iran and other hostile players in the destabilization of the entire region and beyond.

“Even if the conflict ended today, the mullahs in Iran wouldn’t give up their nuclear ambitions,” Block said. “The Assad regime wouldn’t stop dropping chemical agents on children. And terrorists, driven by a desire to purge the Middle East of infidels, would still slaughter innocent Jews, Muslims and Christians,” he added.

U.S. Senator: While Iran is Winning in the Middle East, the U.S. Must Push Back

Due to "poor policy choices" in the Middle East, "Iran is winning," meaning that the United States needs a "clear and coherent strategy to push back" a leading foreign policy voice in the United States Senate wrote Monday in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal.

Describing his recent trip to Jordan and Israel as "unnerving," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.), a member of Senate Armed Services Committee, called on the Trump administration to "combat Iran’s growing influence" in the region.

Graham warned about "Hezbollah’s militarization of southern Lebanon." He noted that when Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000, the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon was supposed "to ensure that southern Lebanon would not continue to be a threat to Israel." But now, eighteen years later, that U.N.'s failure to protect Israel is manifest as "we were stunned by how pervasive sophisticated rockets have become in the area."

"Soon Israel will have to attack these rocket sites," Graham wrote, "which Hezbollah has integrated into civilian infrastructure such as apartment buildings, schools and hospitals. Israeli leaders are concerned that this integration will lead to high civilian casualty rates if the Jewish state has to defend itself.”

Due to "poor policy choices" of the Obama administration, Iran and Russia have filled "a vacuum" in the Middle East. It is necessary Graham concluded, to adopt "a clear and coherent strategy to push back—not continue a policy of indifference."

BBC Issues "Unprecedented" Appeal for UN to Protect Its Persian Staff in Iran

The BBC will appealed to the United Nations in Geneva to protect its staff and their families in Iran as authorities in the Islamic Republic escalate “years of persecution and harassment,” Agence France-Presse reported Monday.

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, said in a statement on Monday that journalists will describe in their testimony to the council the threatening atmosphere under which his staff operate in Iran.

According to Hall, “The BBC is taking the unprecedented step of appealing to the United Nations because our own attempts to persuade the Iranian authorities to end their harassment have been completely ignored.”

To the contrary, he explained, “during the past nine years, the collective punishment of BBC Persian Service journalists and their families has worsened."

Hall added: "We are not the only media organization to have been harassed or forced to compromise when dealing with Iran. In truth, this story is much wider: it is a story about fundamental human rights."

Lawyers for the BBC World Service in October filed an appeal to U.N. Special Rapporteurs David Kaye and Asma Jahangir on behalf of its Persian Service staff. They also filed a complaint over Iran freezing the assets of more than 150 people associated with its Persian service.

In order to increase the pressure on member states to address human rights violations in Iran, including the restriction of freedom of speech, BBC journalists will address the U.N. Human Rights Council session this week.

Israel's Magen David Adom Receives Award for Paramedic Training from Ecuador

Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) was awarded a Shield of Appreciation by the Ecuadorian Red Cross at a ceremony celebrating 14 years of existence of the Higher Technological Institute of the Ecuadorian Red Cross (ISTCRE).

Israeli Ambassador in Quito Edwin Yabo and MDA accepted the awards of appreciation for MDA’s ongoing support of ISTCRE’s activities and cooperation with the Ecuadorian Red Cross.

With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), MDA assists Ecuador’s Paramedic Training Institute with preparing and training for mass casualty incidents and advanced paramedic training programs.

As part of the cooperation between the two organizations, senior staff from ISTCRE participated in MDA paramedic training programs and workshops, joined MDA crews on mobile intensive care units, and participated in a large mass casualty incident drill organized together with local Red Cross personnel.

“At the moment we are holding a regional workshop to strengthen pre-hospital care, in which MDA’s unique contribution, based on years of experience, is a reference point for 14 National Red Cross societies participating in the workshop,” said Edwin Davila, director of Ecuador’s Regional Reference Center for Medical Emergencies and Pre-Hospital Care.

(via Israel21c)

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