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The Daily TIP: TIP CEO: U.S. Must Show Russia that a Permanent Iranian Presence in Syria is Unacceptable

Posted by Tip Staff - April 11, 2018

TIP CEO: U.S. Must Show Russia that a Permanent Iranian Presence in Syria is Unacceptable
IDF Holds Hamas “Responsible” for All Activity from Gaza, Strikes Terror Targets after Blast
ADL: Qatar Still Promotes Anti-Semitic Incitement at Grand Mosque
German Automaker Porsche Buys Minority Stake in Israeli Artificial Intelligence Startup

TIP CEO: U.S. Must Show Russia that a Permanent Iranian Presence in Syria is Unacceptable

By withdrawing from Syria too soon, the United States would effectively hand over the country to Iran and Russia, risking a catastrophic “strategic collapse in a region long deemed vital to U.S. interests,” Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, warned in an op-ed published in The Hill on Tuesday.

“A lack of coherent strategy toward Syria is strengthening our adversaries and weakening our allies,” Block warned and “the power vacuum would immeasurably strengthen Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and his evil regime propped up by his patrons Iran and Russia.”

In Block’s view, “whatever the debate over the JCPOA — the nuclear agreement signed between Iran, six world powers and the European Union in 2015 — a robust consensus in Congress is needed that Iran’s military role in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere must be countered.”

“The United States needs to develop leverage to get Russia to tell the Iranians to leave Syria, and the best way to achieve that is to make clear to Moscow that we won’t leave before the Iranians are out of the picture,” he explained. “Anything short of that is not up for debate.”

Block argued that America shouldn’t face those challenges alone and “should call upon our allies to increase their financial contributions — and to contribute more operationally.” He concluded: “The enemies we face are not just America’s enemies. They are enemies of the free world.”

IDF Holds Hamas “Responsible” for All Activity from Gaza, Strikes Terror Targets after Blast

Saying that it holds Hamas "responsible for all occurrences in Gaza," the IDF struck at several military targets belonging to the terrorist organization in Gaza following the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) near the border fence, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

The IDF released a statement on the explosion saying, "During a routine activity in northern Gaza, an explosive device that was placed under the guise of the riots was detonated against an IDF engineering vehicle on the western side of the security fence. No injuries were reported."

The army statement accused Hamas, which has orchestrated riots near the border fence in recent weeks, of using the cover of civilians to plant the IEDs. The army statement also stated that it held Hamas responsible for "all occurrences in Gaza," and that it "will not allow the terror organization to turn the area of the security fence into a combat zone."

According to the Times, the IED explosion near Israel's border fence with Gaza is the latest such event in the area coordinated or allowed by Hamas. In February, four Israeli soldiers were injured when a bomb, which was disguised as flagpole, exploded near the border fence.

Defense analysts, cited by the Times, say that Hamas has been forced to use the confusion of demonstrations to hide attacks against the border due Israel's development of effective countermeasures. Iron Dome protects against Hamas's missile arsenal, and Israel's anti-tunnel technology has been thwarting attempts to attack Israel from below ground.

ADL: Qatar Still Promotes Anti-Semitic Incitement at Grand Mosque

Qatar's government is still promoting Friday sermons by extremist preachers, who engage in anti-Semitic incitement, at its state-controlled Grand Mosque and on state-owned television, David A. Weinberg warned in a post on the Anti-Defamation League's blog on Tuesday.

In a sermon in December 2017, preacher Muhammed al-Muraikhi told the Muslim world that Jews have “enmity and hatred to you in their blood and their veins”. He described the Jewish people as “your deceitful, lying, treacherous, fornicating, intransigent enemy” who “has despoiled, corrupted, ruined, and killed, and will not stop.”

Muraikhi dismissed the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem and the Holy Land as an “invalid, falsified historical claim,” and charged that Jews would never be satisfied with concessions from Palestinians or with “so-called coexistence.” Instead, he called upon all Muslims to “cleanse” al-Aqsa from “the filth” of the Jews.

“Despite all that the Zionists do and all that Satan helps them with support and assistance and providing weapons and everything they ask for,” he praised the Palestinians for their resistance.

Weinberg warned that despite Qatar’s pledge to control what is being said in their mosques, a prominent platform is given to extremist preachers, who “promote strident anti-Semitic” views, and urged President Trump and other political leaders to bring the matter up with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Tuesday.

From the White House's readout of the meeting between Trump and al-Thani, it does not appear that Qatari government-sponsored anti-Semitic incitement was discussed.

German Automaker Porsche Buys Minority Stake in Israeli Artificial Intelligence Startup

Porsche Digital GmbH, the digital division of German carmaker Porsche AG, has purchased a minority stake in Israeli artificial intelligence startup Anagog in order to help expand its digital innovation portfolio, Porsche said in a recent announcement.

“The Israeli startup scene in the technology sector is founded on an enormous amount of knowledge and potential. We are keen to work with new companies to continue developing new digital offerings and launch these solutions in the market quickly so that customers can start benefiting from them”, said Thilo Koslowski, managing director of Porsche Digital.

Founded in 2010 in Tel Aviv, Anagog’s AI technology monitors and analyzes mobility patterns using smartphone sensors. The technology helps companies better identify customer behavior in certain situations, which could lead to features such as intelligent parking options, Porsche Digital said.

Anagog’s software is integrated into smartphone applications and is currently used in about 100 apps from around the globe, the company said in the statement. The data is analyzed directly on the mobile device and users are able to retain full control over their data while still benefiting from better contextual services, Porsche said.

“We are looking forward to developing new and innovative ideas with Porsche in order to offer customers the best possible mobility solutions,” said Anagog CEO Ofer Tziperman.

In February, Anagog raised a reported $10 million in Series B funding from German automaker Daimler and from Mizmaa Ventures. The Daimler investment came through the Mercedes-Benz development center in Tel Aviv.

(via Israel21c)

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