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The Daily TIP: Trump at UN Urges World to Isolate Iran, Says Tehran Sows “Chaos, Death, Destruction”

Posted by Tip Staff - September 25, 2018

Trump at UN Urges World to Isolate Iran, Says Tehran Sows “Chaos, Death, Destruction”
Netanyahu: Israel Ready to Take “Necessary” Steps to Protect Interests in Syria After Downing of Russian Aircraft
Israel Blasts German Protestant Academy for Hosting Boycotts Conference with Hamas, Hezbollah Supporters
Israeli Research Could Advance Personalized Therapy for Aggressive Skin Cancer


Trump at UN Urges World to Isolate Iran, Says Tehran Sows “Chaos, Death, Destruction”

In his keynote speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump urged the international community to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran over its failure to comply with international law, The Times of Israel reported.

In an ambitious address in front of the full assembly, the president said, “Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, they plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond."

He added: “The Iran deal was a windfall for Iran’s leaders. In the year since the deal has been reached, the military budget grew nearly 40%.”

Ahead of the administration’s plans to reimpose harsh sanctions against Iran on November 5, Trump hailed the emergence of a “regional strategic alliance” in the Middle East around common security concerns, such as the isolation of Iran and global counter-terrorism efforts.

“We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons,” Trump said, citing Iran’s “threatening Israel with annihilation” and chants of “death to America.”

Trump spoke only briefly on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and defended his administration’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy there.

“The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” the president said. Middle East peace, Trump argued, “is advanced, not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts.”

Addressing critics, who attacked the administration for cutting aid to the Palestinian leadership for their boycott of peace negotiations, Trump observed that “we will not be held hostage to old dogmas, discredited ideologies,” and blasted “so-called experts [who] have been proven wrong over the years, time and time again.”

The president also defended his administration’s decision to withdraw from several UN bodies, including UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Council. The U.S., he said, would not return to these bodies “until real reform is enacted.” The U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has been a major driving force behind efforts to tackle anti-Israel bias in the institution’s ranks.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, reacted to Trump’s speech with instant approval. Danon said in a statement that “the president proves again that the U.S. is on the right side of history.”

Trump is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will address the general assembly himself the following day.



Netanyahu: Israel Ready to Take “Necessary” Steps to Protect Interests in Syria After Downing of Russian Aircraft

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed on Tuesday that “we will do whatever is necessary to protect Israel’s security,” following the downing of a Russian aircraft in Latakia, Syria, last week, The Times of Israel reported. The prime minister also urged Russia not to transfer the sophisticated S-300 missile defense system to Syria.

Speaking to reporters before boarding a flight to New York to address the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu vowed that Israel would continue to fight Iran’s efforts to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.

The prime minister confirmed that he spoke twice with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the incident and expressed his “sincere” condolences over the Russian servicemen, who died in the “tragic event.” He also said Israeli and Russian officials are slated to meet to address the growing rift between the two countries.

The Il-20 electronic intelligence plane was hit 35km off Syria’s Mediterranean coast as it returned to its nearby base on September 15. Russian officials have blamed Israel for the downing of the plane. The Israeli military, however, said that Syria’s indiscriminate air defense fire was the cause of the accident.

In the three years since Jerusalem and Moscow agreed to establish a so-called 'de-confliction mechanism' to avoid clashes over Syrian skies, the Jewish State has been “very successful” in curtailing Iran’s influence in Syria, Netanyahu said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had announced on Monday that Moscow will soon upgrade Syria’s air defense following the downing of the Russian aircraft. However, officials in both Israel and the United States warned Russia against providing the Syrian military with the advanced surface-to-air missiles, saying the transfer would further destabilize the region.

“The prime minister said providing advanced weapons systems to irresponsible actors will magnify dangers in the region, and that Israel will continue to defend itself and its interests,” Netanyahu’s office said. Concurrently, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton stated Russia’s decision was a “major mistake” that would cause a “significant escalation” of tensions. Bolton urged Moscow to reconsider.



Israel Blasts German Protestant Academy for Hosting Boycotts Conference with Hamas, Hezbollah Supporters

Israeli officials have slammed the German Protestant Academy in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg for hosting a conference that features leading German boycott activists, who expressed support for the Islamist terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Saturday.

“By merely looking at the list of persons invited to the seminar, it is quite clear that is an event whose aim and purpose is Israel hatred under guise of a pseudo academia,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told the newspaper. “It is particularly distressing that such an event takes place in Germany.”

The Protestant Academy, which is located in the town of Bad Boll, invited as a speaker the Left Party MP Christine Buchholz, who in the past defended the “legitimate resistance” of Hezbollah against the Jewish State. According to Buchholz, “The demonization of Hezbollah is the part of the ideological conduct of war. The Left should not participate in it.” The U.S., Israel, the Arab League and Canada all proscribed Hezbollah’s entire organization a terrorist organization.

Another politician slated to speak at the conference is former Left Party MP Annette Groth, a leading supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Groth was aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in 2010, which sought to break Israel’s UN-declared legal naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

The Protestant Academy has a long history of engagement with anti-Israel activists. In 2010, the institution invited a Hamas speaker from Gaza to one of their conferences. A year later, the academy hosted a boycotts conference to discuss “Economic measures against the occupying power Israel.”

A spokesman for the Protestant Church in Baden-Württemberg told the newspaper that the state’s Bishop, Frank Otfried, “rejects the request and approach of the BDS movement,” adding that “The situation in Israel and in the Palestinian territories requires continued work on a good solution.”

Reinhard Becker, a spokesman for the Protestant Academy, however, defended the conference because there is “increasingly less freedom in Germany for civil society actors in questions of the Middle East.”

Three German intelligence agencies recently determined that the boycotts movement is anti-Semitic in nature.



Israeli Research Could Advance Personalized Therapy for Aggressive Skin Cancer

A highly personalized approach could help the body’s immune cells better recognize melanoma – the most dangerous type of skin cancer – and kill it, according to an Israeli study published in Cancer Discovery.

Today’s immunotherapies involve administering antibodies to unlock the natural immune T cells that recognize and kill cancer cells; or growing and reactivating these T cells outside the body and returning them in a “weaponized” form.

“But none of this will kill the cancer if the immune cells do not recognize the ‘signposts’ that mark cancer cells as foreign,” says molecular cell biologist Prof. Yardena Samuels of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.

Groups around the world are searching for such signposts (called neo-antigen profiles) on the cancer cells’ outer membranes. Identifying and narrowing down neo-antigen profiles in cancers like melanoma, however, is difficult using current algorithmic methods.

Samuels, together with her PhD student Shelly Kalaora and in collaboration with Prof Arie Admon of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, used a new method Admon developed to find the signposts.

“Our neo-antigen and corresponding T-cell identification strategies were so robust, our neo-antigen-specific T cells killed 90% of their target melanoma cells both on plates and in mice. This suggests possible clinical applications for the near future,” said Samuels.

“It is clearly essential not only to identify the immunogenic peptides presented on the cancer cells, but to select the ones that are common to the patient’s metastases. This can then help direct systemic therapeutic responses in patients with multiple metastases,” said Kalaora.

Samuels points out that “although this research is experimental right now, the findings are highly relevant to clinical research. … As almost all the neo-antigens detected in patients thus far are individual and unique to the particular cancerous tissue, they constitute an ideal class of anti-cancer targets. This would be the ultimate personalized cancer therapy.”

(via Israel21c)


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