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The Daily TIP: Top Treasury Anti-Terror Official: Iran Exploits Int'l Financial System to Fund Aggression

Posted by Tip Staff - June 06, 2018

Top Treasury Anti-Terror Official: Iran Exploits Int'l Financial System to Fund Aggression
Argentine FM: Threats to Soccer Team for Game in Israel Worse than Those from ISIS
TIP CEO: U.S. Should Leverage Support for Removing Iran's Military Presence from Syria
Basketball Star Casspi Invests in Israeli Nutrition Startup

Top Treasury Anti-Terror Official: Iran Exploits Int'l Financial System to Fund Aggression

The United States warned governments and the private sector on Tuesday not to engage in Iranian efforts to exploit them to fund its nuclear ambitions, global terrorism, destabilizing actions in the Middle East, and human rights abuses at home.

Speaking at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington, D.C., Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, said "Companies doing business in Iran face substantial risks, and those risks are even greater as we reimpose nuclear-related sanctions.” She added: "We will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account."

Mandelker warned that “The Iranian regime will deceive your companies, undermine the integrity of your financial systems, and put your institutions at risk of our powerful sanctions, all to fund terrorism, human rights abuses, and terrorist groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Houthis.”

Her appeal follows U.S. President Donald Trump's May 8 decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, as the nuclear accord with Iran is known, and to reimpose U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

In her speech, Mandelker vowed that the Treasury Department will use “all the tools at our disposal” to keep maximum pressure on Iran until it ends its destabilizing actions.

“Our powerful economic authorities will give the regime a clear choice: change its unacceptable support for terrorism, destabilizing activities and human rights abuses, or face economic calamity,” Mandelker declared. “The impact of our sanctions will only grow more painful if the regime does not change course.”

Argentine FM: Threats to Soccer Team for Game in Israel Worse than Those from ISIS

The friendly soccer match between Argentina’s and Israel’s national soccer teams scheduled in Jerusalem was cancelled, after Argentine players received greater threats than those previously made by ISIS, the Argentine Foreign Minister said during an interview with Radio Mitre, La Agencia Judia de Noticias reported Wednesday (Spanish link).

The foreign minister, Jorge Faurie, lamented the cancellation and said the players were uncomfortable about traveling to Israel due to a series of threats they received on themselves and their families from supporters of the boycott movement.

On Tuesday, protesters outside the Barcelona training facility---where the Argentine national soccer team has been practicing for the FIFA World Cup---held Argentinian soccer jerseys stained with red paint resembling blood.

Israeli Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev said on Wednesday that players had received threats from “terror groups.”

“Since they announced they would play against Israel, different terror groups have been sending messages and letters to players on the Argentina national team and their relatives, including clear threats to hurt them and on the lives of their families,” Regev said. “These included video clips showing dead children.”

The Palestinian Authority and Hamas senior officials welcomed the match cancellation.

The head of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub had urged Palestinians to burn photos and jerseys of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi if the game was played. The Palestinian FA had also threatened Argentina’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2030 over the soccer match in Israel.

TIP CEO: U.S. Should Leverage Support for Removing Iran's Military Presence from Syria

After talks of an agreement between Russia and Israel that would allow Syrian regime forces to re-take Iranian-held territory in southwestern Syria, Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, argued in an op-ed published in The Algemeiner Tuesday that this arrangement “must be the beginning of the complete dismantling of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria.”

“Iran’s foothold in Syria is the epicenter of the mullah regime’s aggressive empire — which stretches from the Gaza Strip to Lebanon and Iraq, all the way to Yemen — and its presence there must be ended,” Block said.

After the withdrawal from the JCPOA, he argued, we witnessed “a critical strategic shift in America’s Iran policy,” now that the Trump administration has announced a broad strategy that addresses both Iran’s illicit nuclear and non-nuclear behavior.

According to Block, this development gives America “useful leverage in its dealings with Russia” in Syria. “The Kremlin’s interests in Syria are not synonymous with those of Iran,” he explained.

Block added: “Major players around the negotiation table have reached a consensus (not just Israel, America, and Sunni Arab states, but also Russia) that a permanent Iranian presence in Syria presents significant risks to all parties.”

If the Trump administration can leverage that knowledge in its negotiations with Russia, Block charged that it “presents a rare chance to rid the world of the Iranian menace in the country to the benefit of international peace and security.”

Basketball Star Casspi Invests in Israeli Nutrition Startup

Omri Casspi, an Israeli professional basketball player who played for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, has invested an undisclosed sum in Israeli startup DayTwo. DayTwo provides personalized nutrition and dietary recommendations by analyzing the DNA of an individual’s gut microbiomes.

Although the application is mainly focused on maintaining normal blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, metabolic conditions and obesity, it can also be used by healthy people and athletes looking to make smarter nutritional choices.

Casspi said he decided to invest in DayTwo after the company’s personalized diet plan helped him change his pre-game preparation and helped maintain sugar levels during games.

The technology behind DayTwo’s application is based on a five-year study conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel by Prof. Eran Segal and Prof. Eran Elinav.

Using a questionnaire, a stool sample kit and an HbA1c blood test result, the company produces a personalized nutrition profile that uses a scoring system to rate thousands of different foods and food combinations based on the analysis of gut bacteria and lifestyle factors.

So far, DayTwo has raised $17 million in funding, not including the investment from Casspi. The company now plans to expand its activity in the US market, in the professional sports industry, and health organizations focused on type 2 diabetes.

DayTwo was founded by Marius Nacht, one of the founders of Check Point Software Technologies, together with Lihi Segal and Yuval Ofek.

(via Israel21c)

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