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The Daily TIP: Trump With Netanyahu: Iranians “Now Feel Emboldened” Due to “Terrible” Nuke Deal

Posted by Tip Staff - May 22, 2017

Trump With Netanyahu: Iranians “Now Feel Emboldened” Due to “Terrible” Nuke Deal
Bloomberg View: Rouhani's Win is Not a Victory for Reform in Iran
Trump Administration "Welcomes" Israeli Efforts to Improve Palestinian Economy, Ease Travel
Harp Prodigy to Represent Israel at Global Talent Showcase

Trump With Netanyahu: Iranians “Now Feel Emboldened” Due to “Terrible” Nuke Deal

President Donald Trump said in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the nuclear deal emboldened Iran to continue its destabilizing actions across the Middle East.

Speaking to Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Trump said that he saw a "deeper path to friendship" in the Arab world, which he attributed to Iran's growing influence in the Middle East since the 2015 nuclear deal.

Netanyahu concurred, adding that the strong stance the White House has taken on Iran "helps propel the possibility of reconciliation and peace between Israel and the Arab world."

"No matter where we go we see the signs of Iran in the Middle East. No matter where we go, whether it's Syria, where we were forced to shoot the fifty nine missiles," Trump continued, referring to an American cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase following a lethal Syrian chemical weapons attack on civilians in April.

"No matter what area we're in," the president added, "Yemen, Iraq, no matter where we are, we see the signs, every sign, whether it's soldiers, whether it's money and guns, it's Iran. Instead of saying 'thank you' to the United States, they now feel emboldened."

"Iran will never have a nuclear weapon," Trump concluded emphatically. "That I can tell you."

Earlier Monday, Trump arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia, where he was received by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Netanyahu. Trump also visited the Western Wall on a private visit, but accompanied by Israeli officials before meeting with Netanyahu.

Bloomberg View: Rouhani's Win is Not a Victory for Reform in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was re-elected Friday, cannot be counted on to "deliver, or even try to deliver" any reforms he promised during the campaign, Eli Lake, national security columnist for Bloomberg View, wrote in an analysis of the Iranian presidential election Sunday.

Lake described Rouhani's campaign promises:

During his campaign, he told voters that he would be a "lawyer" defending their rights. He criticized his main rival, Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in ordering the executions of political dissidents. He promised gender equality and a freer press.

While those promises sound encouraging, Lake wrote, "there is no reason to believe Rouhani will deliver, or even try to deliver, on any of these promises."

The first reason why Rouhani isn't a good bet to make good on his promises is because he didn't reform or moderate Iran's political culture during his first term, despite promises to do so. In fact, "human rights in Iran have further eroded during his tenure."

The Center for Human Rights in Iran noted that in October of last year, Rouhani supported a law putting all journalists under government control. A year earlier, following the agreement on the nuclear deal, Iran cracked down on journalists arresting at least five. The eroding freedom of the press in Iran, prompted 29 members of the European Parliament to write a letter urging Iran to stop harassing and arresting journalists.

Lake further wrote that even if Rouhani wanted reform, he doesn't have the power. "The real power in the country resides with the unelected supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the security services, which operate more like rival mafias these days, controlling many of Iran's industries and businesses." Rouhani can protest limited freedoms, something Lake noted that "he mainly does during elections," but "ultimately it's not his call."

Trump Administration "Welcomes" Israeli Efforts to Improve Palestinian Economy, Ease Travel

The Trump administration praised a series of measures approved by Israel to help improved the Palestinian economy and relax travel restrictions for the Palestinians, in a statement released Monday.

According to the statement, the measures approved by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday are consistent with President Donald Trump's "particular interest" in improving the Palestinian economy. The administration praised Israel for increasing the hours of operation of the Allenby Bridge into Jordan, allowing families greater opportunity to visit each other over the summer months and make the Hajj to Saudi Arabia easier. Israel also promised to streamline the process of allowing the travelers across the bridge using electronic applications and widening the road to accommodate two-way traffic. These improvements are scheduled to be implemented by summer of 2018.

The measures, including the development of two new industrial zones and increasing the number of housing permits in Area C, were passed by Israel's cabinet in a 7-2 vote Sunday, Bloomberg News reported.

“The Trump administration is focused on materially enhancing the quality of life and the economy for the Palestinians,” Michael Oren, a member of Knesset and Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister's Office, explained in an interview. “They don’t see economic peace as a substitute for real peace, but they see it as setting an agenda that would make conditions conducive toward peace.”

Harp Prodigy to Represent Israel at Global Talent Showcase

This July, 19-year-old Noa Gabay will represent Israel at the Focus on Youth event at the 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, showcasing the cream of the future crop of harpists.

“When I was five years old, like most little girls, I had a dream of becoming a ballerina. My mother took me to see ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Swan Lake’ ballets, but instead of watching the dancers, I spent the whole performance looking at the orchestra,” Gabay tells ISRAEL21c.

“It was the first time that I saw the harp. I was struck by its beauty and stunning sound. These two ballets have cadenzas that are among the most beautiful in the harp repertoire. I immediately began studying the harp and slowly it began an inseparable part of my life.”

Born in Israel, Gabay was two years old when her family moved to Wales. By the time they returned to Israel when she was 16, she was already an accomplished harpist.

“Wales was a wonderful place to begin my music studies, since the harp is the national instrument of Wales and is a big part of their culture,” Gabay tells ISRAEL21c.

“At age eight, I was accepted to study at the junior department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where I was fortunate to study the harp with Katherine Thomas and later with Prof. Caryl Thomas.”

After coming back to Israel, Gabay continued her studies with Julia Rovinsky and was named principal harpist of the Israel Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She won the America-Israel Culture Foundation’s biennial excellence scholarship and a special music award from Zefunot Tarbut (Secrets of Culture), a nonprofit organization that scouts and promotes young Israeli musical talent.

At 17, Gabay performed the Mozart flute and harp concerto as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv under the baton of Eyal Ein-Habar.

“I have performed many solo recitals across Israel including a recital at the residence of the Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin,” she relates.

(via Israel21c)

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