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The Daily TIP: U.S., EU, UK Praise Israel's "Daring" Rescue of "White Helmets" from Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - July 23, 2018

U.S., EU, UK Praise Israel's "Daring" Rescue of White Helmets from Syria
Sec. Pompeo: Iran has Prioritized “an Ideological Agenda Over the Welfare of the Iranian People”
Qatar Quashes Freedom, Backs Terror and Keeps Slaves. Why Isn’t London Protesting Its Emir?
Israel's Basketball Team Brings Home Gold for First Time in European Under-20 Championship

U.S., EU, UK Praise Israel's "Daring" Rescue of White Helmets from Syria

The United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union all expressed appreciation for what a top U.S. official called the "daring" rescue of over 400 members of the Syrian Civil Defense organization, also known as the White Helmets, and their families, from southwestern Syria into Jordan.

Following the rescue, Jason Greenblatt, the administration's Special Representative for International Negotiations, wrote, "last night Israel conducted a daring humanitarian rescue from Syria of hundreds of “White Helmets” personnel and their families and transferred them safely to Jordan."

Jeremy Hunt, the newly installed British Foreign Secretary, tweeted, "thank you Israel and Jordan for acting so quickly on our request. The WH are the bravest of the brave and in a desperate situation this is at least one ray of hope."

Federica Mogherini, the foreign policy chief for the EU, wrote of the White Helmets' rescue that the EU "recognises the essential efforts of #Israel, #Jordan and all others who contributed to bringing them to safety."

In an emergency overnight humanitarian operation on July 21, Israel evacuated 422 civilians –members of the Nobel-nominated White Helmets and their families – from along its border with southwest Syria, The BBC reported on Sunday. The plan had been to evacuate 800 White Helmets and their families, but only 422 could be extracted.

The IDF said the unprecedented move came at the request of the United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the international community, as Syrian-regime forces tighten their grip on the region, trapping the volunteers and their families and posing “immediate risk” to their lives.

Sec. Pompeo: Iran has Prioritized “an Ideological Agenda Over the Welfare of the Iranian People”

Iran is suffering from "a long-term economic tailspin" because its rulers made a "decision to prioritize an ideological agenda over the welfare of the Iranian people," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech on Sunday mapping out the Trump administration's policy towards Iran.

The Secretary of State began by mapping out the case against the regime.

He explained that the founding principle of the Islamic Republic of Iran was "to conform all of Iranian society to the tenets of the Islamic Revolution," and "to spreading the revolution to other countries, by force if necessary."

"Thus, the regime has spent four decades mobilizing all elements of the Iranian economy, foreign policy, and political life in service of that objective," Pompeo said. "To the regime, prosperity, security, and freedom for the Iranian people are acceptable casualties in the march to fulfill the revolution."

Despite his harsh words for the regime, Pompeo assured the people of Iran currently protesting against "40 years of regime tyranny," that "the United States hears you; the United States supports you; the United States is with you."

The secretary then outlined the administration's policy to push Iran towards reform. He stated that "center of this campaign is the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran’s banking and energy sectors." He also said that the U.S. would target "regime leaders.” Pompeo reached out to American allies in the Middle East to help put pressure on the Iranian regime to change.

Qatar Quashes Freedom, Backs Terror and Keeps Slaves. Why Isn’t London Protesting Its Emir?

Just days after United States President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom sparked a grotesque protest – a giant balloon depicting Trump as an angry baby holding on to a smart phone was flown over central London – a real despot is coming to town.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, had a red-carpet reception at Mansion House, the residence of London's Lord Mayor, on Monday morning where he met with business leaders. Later in the afternoon, Al Thani will socialize with MPs at a cozy reception in Parliament.

That would be the same Emir who transfers hundreds of millions of dollars every year to the internationally designated terrorist organization Hamas in Gaza.

The same Emir supports the totalitarian ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a country that hangs homosexuals from cranes; imprisons women for protesting the forced hijab; supplies equipment used by Assad to drop poison gas on children; and spreads mayhem from Lebanon all the way to Yemen.

That would be the same Emir who runs a modern-day slave state. According to the Global Slavery Index 2016, Qatar has one of the highest prevalence of modern day slavery proportionate to its population. The International Trade Union Confederation estimates that by the time the World Cup takes place in Qatar in 2022, at least 4,000 migrant workers will have died as a result of the country’s draconian working conditions.

And it’s the same Emir who throws into jail his own citizens who dare protest against his and his family’s undemocratic rule.

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Israel's Basketball Team Brings Home Gold for First Time in European Under-20 Championship

Israel’s national under-20 basketball team won its first European championship on Sunday evening in Chemnitz, Germany, beating the previously undefeated Croatian team 80-66.

After losing their opening game to Germany earlier this month, the Israeli team won six consecutive games in order to bring home the gold for the first time in the country’s history at an International Basketball Federation (FIBA) event.

The game was coach Ariel Beit-Halahmi’s first opportunity to take the European championship and the second year in a row in which the Israeli team overwhelmingly defeated France in the semifinals, this year by a score of 83-57.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Beit-Halahmi following the victory and congratulated the team: “To defeat France and Croatia sounds like the World Cup, it’s a wonderful achievement and we are all proud of you.”

Though the win was unexpected, the Israeli team led for the entire game. Points scored by players Michael Brisker, Gil Beni, Gavriel Chachashvili, Yuval Zussman and Deni Avdija put the team up by 11 at the half, with a score of 45-34.

The game’s top scorer was Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Yuval Zusman, who racked up 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Gil Beni, the team captain and point guard from Maccabi Raanana, also scored 17 points, while Hapoel Galilee’s Meron Roina added 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Among the team’s stars, Zusman is expected to be a standout in the Euroleague and 17-year-old Avdija is thought to have promise for the NBA.

(via Israel21)

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