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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: Palestinian Terror, Incitement Remain Main Obstacles to Peace 25 Years after Oslo

Posted by Tip Staff - September 14, 2018

TIP CEO: Palestinian Terror, Incitement Remain Main Obstacles to Peace 25 Years after Oslo
Incendiary Balloons Ignite Fires in Israel, as Violent Hamas-Led Riots Continue on Border
Experts: Cutting Off Iran from International Banking is Essential for Maximum Pressure
Israeli Medical Team Teaches Emergency Medicine in Rural Kenya

TIP CEO: Palestinian Terror, Incitement Remain Main Obstacles to Peace 25 Years after Oslo

On September 13, 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin shook hands with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn, marking the signing of the Oslo Accords that were supposed to pave the path towards an independent Palestinian state and peace for Israel.

Looking back after 25 years, with neither of those objectives achieved and often appearing more distant than ever, David Ze’ev spoke to Joshua S. Block, CEO & President of The Israel Project, about the prospect of peace in the future.

Asked why the Oslo Accords failed to become actualized, Block replied that the “same ingredients and obstacles to mutual recognition and progress remain the same now than they were 25 years ago.” As examples he listed Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis; a culture of incitement found “at every level of Palestinian society”; The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and the perpetuation of the refugee problem; as well as the Palestinian leadership’s refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

Block said he “hoped” to see the peace process continue but lamented the Palestinian leadership’s failure to engage with their Israeli counterparts, American officials, and even Arab negotiators from Egypt.

When asked if the Trump administration were right to close the PLO mission in Washington, D.C., Block said that the “PLO, at the moment, is not engaging in an active peace process. They are rebuffing every opportunity to negotiate. They continue to give money to the salaries of terrorist in violation of the Taylor Force Act – money that governments around the world asked them not to give.”

He added: “You don’t need diplomatic missions, if you don’t engage in diplomacy.”

Incendiary Balloons Ignite Fires in Israel, as Violent Hamas-Led Riots Continue on Border

Two fires ignited by incendiary balloons broke out in southern Israel, as 12,000 Gazans participated in violent Hamas-led riots at the border with Israel, The Times of Israel reported Friday.

According to the army, the rioters burned tires and threw rocks at Israeli soldiers. The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry claimed that two people were killed.

Israeli troops discovered an improvised explosive device (IED) on the border fence with Gaza. They detonated the explosive remotely. It was the second IED discovered by the IDF at the border fence in two days.

“Hamas continues to try to harm defensive infrastructure and security forces in the security fence area, while using residents of the Gaza Strip as human shields and as cover for terrorist activities,” the IDF said in a statement.

In addition to the fires, which were brought under control by firefighters, an airborne explosive device landed near a playground in Kiryat Gat, in southern Israel.

According to the authorities, “Police forces, including a police sapper, were called to the scene and took care of the suspicious object and removed all danger."

Hamas-led weekly rioting near the border with Israel resumed last week, after the Trump administration cut all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The agency failed to reform in response to earlier aid cuts.

Earlier this month, Gaza-based Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar acknowledged that the terror group's impetus for orchestrating the violent riots was to divert attention from internal Palestinian conflicts.

Experts: Cutting Off Iran from International Banking is Essential for Maximum Pressure

For the expected sanctions on Iran's banking sector to have maximum effect, Iranian banks must be cut off from Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), two experts told security columnist Josh Rogin in a report published Thursday in The Washington Post.

President Donald Trump has asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in July to produce a memo detailing how to impose sanctions on SWIFT, if it refuses to expel Iran. Mnuchin has not yet responded, "which prevents Trump from making a decision" regarding SWIFT, Rogin reported.

Two experts told Rogin that the failure to expel Iran from SWIFT would undermine Trump's efforts to isolate and pressure Iran.

“The only hope for the president’s strategy to succeed is getting SWIFT to disconnect all the Iranian banks,” said Richard Goldberg, a senior advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), who helped write the original SWIFT legislation as an aide to then-Sen. Mark Kirk (R - Ill.) . “And if the Treasury Department waffles one iota on that mission, they are setting the president up for failure.”

“Mnuchin’s job as treasury secretary is to protect the integrity of the global financial system, and he’s not protecting that integrity if he is allowing sanctioned Iranian banks to stay on,” Mark Dubowitz, the CEO of FDD, told Rogin.

Rogin pointed out that expelling Iran from SWIFT would also make it more difficult for Iran to prop up the Assad regime in Syria and supporting its regional terror proxies, including Hamas and Hezbollah.

While explaining that Mnuchin may have legitimate concerns about the negative effects of the government exerting pressure on SWIFT, Rogin concluded, "Mnuchin should make his arguments to the president, give him the information he already requested and let the president decide."

Israeli Medical Team Teaches Emergency Medicine in Rural Kenya

Into a country where medicine, manpower and equipment are all in short supply came the Israelis. Their goal: to teach advanced CPR in the heart of Africa.

A senior delegation from the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa recently gave an emergency medicine course to local doctors and nursing staff in the village of Nakuru, Kenya.

Prof. Itay Shavit, director of Rambam’s Pediatric Emergency Department, explained, “Through Israeli eyes, it is hard to imagine how quality medicine can be given to patients in the hospitals in rural Kenya. The infrastructure is old or non-existent, there is a great shortage of basic medical equipment … doctors are almost non-existent and most of the work is done by nurses.”

The Rambam team taught their local counterparts CPR equipment maintenance, case-management techniques, basic and advanced resuscitation methods and how to use equipment they had never encountered before.

“Because the gaps are great, the challenge is great, but it was exciting to see how quickly the changes were made and how easy it is to make a difference,” said team member Ravit Idelman, a senior nurse in Rambam’s ER department.

“When we accepted the proposal to hold the course in Africa, we did not hesitate for a moment,” added Dr. Hadas Levin Kanani, a senior ER physician.

The team intends to return to Africa to do more training on a regular basis and “to reach any place where we and our experience can help,” Idelman said.

(via Israel21c)

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