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The Daily TIP: U.S. Envoy Calls on Palestinians to Accept Quartet Principles and “Commit to Nonviolence”

Posted by Tip Staff - October 03, 2017

U.S. Envoy Calls on Palestinians to Accept Quartet Principles and “Commit to Nonviolence”
Iranian-Backed Houthi Rebels Threaten Israel and Its Assets with Missiles
U.S. Army to Outfit Tanks with Israeli Anti-Rocket System
Israeli Startups Raise over $330 Million in Month of September

U.S. Envoy Calls on Palestinians to Accept Quartet Principles and “Commit to Nonviolence”

Commenting on the recent reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations, said that any Palestinian government must accept the Quartet principles, accept Israel's right to exist and "commit to nonviolence," in an official statement released Monday on Twitter.

"The United States stresses that any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence recognition of the state of Israel, acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties, and peaceful negotiations,” Greenblatt wrote.

Some have referred to a still-armed Hamas operating in Gaza alongside a PA civilian government as the "Hezbollah model," referring to the Lebanese terror group and Iranian proxy, which has refused UN demands that it disarm and submit to the authority of Lebanon's government.

In a press briefing with reporters hosted by The Israel Project, Ehud Yaari, an expert on the PA, noted that while Hamas is tired of governing the Gaza Strip, its leaders have been quite clear that "they are of course going to remain a resistance movement" and would "maintain and develop their armed forces."

Yaari also emphasized that it was very important that Greenblatt mentioned that the PA and Hamas will be held to the Quartet principles which include a rejection of "incitement, and terror," and acceptance of "the two-State solution, building upon previous agreements and obligations."

It was a reminder, Yaari said, that "the Quartet maintains its demands” that Hamas reject terror “and Hamas knows that this is the international community's position."

Iranian-Backed Houthi Rebels Threaten Israel and Its Assets with Missiles

A military spokesperson for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen has warned that the group’s missiles can hit covert Israeli bases in Eritrea and his forces would soon have the capacity to reach bases in Israel itself, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.

Col. Aziz Rashid was quoted by Al Masirah, a news outlet linked to the Houthi militia. He also accused Israel of taking part in the Saudi led-coalition in Yemen. “In the event that the military situation develops, all possibilities will be considered,” Rashid said.

Israel has long warned that, after cementing its influence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, that Yemen would be next on Tehran’s list. The country is a crucial battle ground in the regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The Islamic Republic has been accused by Yemen’s internationally recognized government of aiding the Houthi coup in the country. Tehran is reported to be spending hundreds of millions of dollars supporting the Houthi insurgency with weapons and military training. Notably, Kornet anti-tank missiles---a weapon possessed by Iran --have been reported on the battlefield, as have other advanced systems, including armed drones.

Recently it emerged that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is smuggling arms shipments to rebels in Yemen through a new route across the Gulf, after several shipments were confiscated by international patrols. The illicit activity marks a direct violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231, which formalized the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and giving Trump administration grounds to decertify the agreement.

U.S. Army to Outfit Tanks with Israeli Anti-Rocket System

The United States Army will be installing an Israeli-made anti-rocket system on a number of its M1A2 Abrams tanks.

The Pentagon will outfit the tanks with the Trophy active-protective system (APS) which can detect and destroy incoming projectiles. The U.S. will be the first army other than Israel's to deploy the systems, which cost $350,000 per tank The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

General Dynamics Land Systems received a $10 million contract to install the systems. It is expected that the installations will be completed by March 2019.

The impetus to install the Trophy systems, the Post reported, is a realization in the military that tanks in Syria and Iraq would be "sitting ducks without any active protection systems."

The Trophy, which was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta Group, has four radar antennas and fire control radars to detect incoming projectiles. A non-exploding projectile is shot at the the threat to neutralize it.

Israel has been deploying the Trophy systems on its Merkava tanks since 2009.

The first battlefield success of the Trophy occurred on March 1, 2011, when the system knocked out a rocket-propelled grenade fired at close distance to an IDF Merkava Mark-IV tank close to the Gaza border. The Trophy system was also effective during other operations, including Operation Protective Edge in 2014, when no Israeli tanks were lost in Gaza.

Israeli Startups Raise over $330 Million in Month of September

During the month of September 2017, investments in Israeli companies remained strong.

Five of the biggest deals for the month are listed below.

Innoviz Technologies of Kfar Saba raised $65 million in Series B funding as its LiDAR sensing solution for autonomous vehicles moves into mass production. Delphi Automotive, Magna International, 360 Capital Partners, Glory Ventures, Naver, Zohar Zisapel, Vertex Venture Capital, Magma Venture Partners, Amiti Ventures and Delek Motors participated in this round.

Nanotechnology materials pioneer StoreDot of Herzliya closed a $60 million third round led by the Daimler truck division, which has joined as a strategic partner to accelerate the adoption of StoreDot’s FlashBattery technology to the electric vehicles market.

Playbuzz, the award-winning storytelling platform for interactive content, raised $35 million in Series C funding, led by Viola Growth with participation from existing investors including Disney, Saban Ventures, 83North, Carmel Ventures, firstime and Oded Vardi. Playbuzz has offices in Tel Aviv, New York, London, Hamburg, São Paulo, Los Angeles and Moscow.

Airobotics automated industrial drones completed a $32.5 million funding round led by BlueRun Ventures China, as well as Microsoft Ventures, OurCrowd.com and another strategic investor. The company is based in Petah Tikva with offices in California and Australia.

Integra Holdings, an investment company exclusively focused on life-science innovations originating from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, closed a $25 million investment led by Singapore-based investment company Temasek. Also participating were Arie Capital and the Israeli Teachers’ and Kindergartens’ Study Funds, one of Integra’s current shareholders.

(via Israel21c)

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