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The Daily TIP: Why Europe’s “New” Iran Deal Isn’t Really New

Posted by Tip Staff - April 26, 2018

Why Europe’s “New” Iran Deal Isn’t Really New
Terrorism Experts: 80% of Those Killed During Hamas-Led Riots Belonged to Terror Groups
Thousands of Germans Participate in “Kippa Marches” to Show Solidarity with Jews
Tel Aviv University Establishes Israel's First Venture Capital Fund for Students, Alumni

Why Europe’s “New” Iran Deal Isn’t Really New

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday proposed negotiations on a “new” Iran deal aimed at curbing Iran’s military power and regional activities to exist alongside the JCPOA, agreed between the Islamic Republic and six world powers in 2015. U.S. President Trump has given European signatories to the deal a deadline of May 12 to “fix” the accord or face its collapse.

After months of a U.S.-led effort to make the Europeans fix the agreement on a hard deadline, the best Europe came up with was a rebranded, redecorated old agreement, sold to the Trump administration as a gesture of goodwill towards the U.S. position. The President should reject the fake “new” deal offered by Europe – which benefits Iran and Russia – and instead continue moving forward with imposing sanctions, using all available diplomatic and economic tools.

This “new” Iran deal being peddled by the EU does not begin to address the fatal flaws of the JCPOA, does nothing to contain Iran’s sponsoring of terrorism, regional ambitions and, as the Free Beacon reports, “would leave Israel, America’s Arab allies, and U.S. military based vulnerable to Iranian ballistic missiles.”

Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, said, “America must continue to demand real fixes to the existing flaws and a deal that permanently prevents Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons capability.”

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Terrorism Experts: 80% of Those Killed During Hamas-Led Riots Belonged to Terror Groups

According to a report released on Thursday by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, 32 of the 40 Palestinians killed during or after events of the riots along the Gaza-Israel border have been identified as terrorists, making up for 80% of fatalities.

Nine men were operatives either in Hamas’s Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades or in Hamas’ security forces, while nine others were otherwise affiliated with or linked to Hamas. Ten were operatives of Fatah, two of which were members in its military branch and eight with organizational affiliation or connections. Fatah in the Gaza Strip is involved in carrying out terrorist attacks against Israel.

In addition, two of the men belonged to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), one to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and one to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The majority of the men killed were shot while rioting against IDF troops.

The terrorist organization, which is in complete political and military control of the Gaza Strip, has a long history of deception at the expense of their citizens. Capt. Eythan Buchman, an IDF spokesman, noted in 2014, “It’s important to bear in mind that in Operation Cast Lead [the previous Israeli ground offensive in Gaza in December 2008-January 2009], Hamas and Gaza-based organizations claimed that only 50 combatants were killed, admitting years later the number was between 600-700, a figure nearly identical to the figure claimed by the IDF.”

Thousands of Germans Participate in “Kippa Marches” to Show Solidarity with Jews

On Wednesday, Germans of all faiths marched in kippas, the traditional Jewish head covering for men, to show solidarity with the Jewish community after an anti-Semitic incident last week, The Times of Israel reported.

Several German cities held solidarity marches. In Berlin, over 2,000 people (Jews, Christians, Muslims, and atheists) attended the protest while Erfurt had around 150 attendees.

Germany’s politicians including Berlin Mayor Michael Muller and senior Christian Democratic Union politician Volker Kauder, wore kippas to show their support for the march.

Mueller told the crowd “Today we all wear kippa. Today, Berlin is wearing kippa.”

A non-Jewish Berlin resident, Elard Zuehlke, said that he attended the march outside one of the city's synagogues because "it cannot be that in Germany there is any kind of anti-Semitism — not in schools, not in public, not at work, not in politics, nowhere.” He added that Germany had a "special responsibility" to fight anti-Semitism.

“As Jews, we want to be able to move freely, whether with kippa or without,” Reihnard Borgmann, a Jewish man whose mother escaped from the Nazis, but who lost several great-uncles in the Holocaust, said. “We want to be able to practice religion in peace and not be discriminated against and not live in fear. And this event tonight is a sign and an important one.”

“Anti-Semitism has many facets. Unfortunately, it can be found also in the center of society,” Felix Klein, Germany's newly appointed official in charge of fighting anti-Semitism, told The Times of Israel.

Tel Aviv University Establishes Israel's First Venture Capital Fund for Students, Alumni

Tel Aviv University has established a new early-stage venture capital fund, TAU Ventures. The aim of the fund, reportedly estimated at $20 million, is to make pre-seed funding available to student and alumni startups coming out of the university, as well as to boost overall entrepreneurship on campus.

Tech-savvy schools in the United States, including MIT, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley, have all started VC funds but this is the first time such a business model has opened in Israel.

The lead investor and cofounder of the new fund is Los Angeles-based Behzad Kianmahd, CEO of Maxim Commercial Capital.

“As a firm supporter of higher education and the future of Israel, investing in TAU Ventures was a natural fit,” Kianmahd said, adding that he hoped the fund would “add exponential possibilities and open doors for young people in Israel.”

A second key investor in the new fund is Singapore-based Chartered High Tech, which has close ties with the Japanese business world through its Japan-Israel High Tech Fund.

Tel Aviv University says approximately 25 percent of all Israeli entrepreneurs are alumni of the school and that TAU ranks ninth globally (and first in Israel) for producing the most VC-backed entrepreneurs.

Nimrod Cohen, a former partner in Plus Ventures and chairman of the Hapoel Ramat Gan basketball team, will be the managing partner in TAU Ventures. Cohen has invested in hot Israeli startups including augmented reality platform Cimagine, acquired by Snap in 2016.

(via Israel21c)

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