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The Daiyl TIP: Hamas Deputy Chief Meets Hezbollah Leader in Lebanon

Posted by Tip Staff - November 02, 2017

Hamas Deputy Chief Meets Hezbollah Leader in Lebanon
Iraqi Parliament Votes to Criminalize Public Display of Israeli Flag
Expert: Russia Sees Iran as "Strategic Partner" Presenting Challenge for Israel
Israel Flavor and Fragrance Maker Marks its Ninth Acquisition in 2017

Hamas Deputy Chief Meets Hezbollah Leader in Lebanon

The deputy chief of Hamas met with Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon to discuss the "importance of a coming together between the two resistance movements" to fight Israel, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

Saleh al-Arouri, who last month was appointed deputy head of the Gaza-based terror group, and who is reportedly based in Lebanon, held, what was described as a "rare" public meeting with Nasrallah in which the two discussed the deaths of seven terrorists from Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas, when Israel destroyed a terror tunnel that it had detected inside earlier this week.

According to a Hamas-affiliated news site, PalInfo, Nasrallah extended his condolences to the "martyrs" and “stressed cohesion and solidarity in the face of Zionist attacks.”

Following the destruction of the tunnel a PIJ official acknowledged that the tunnel was built to kidnap soldiers. During the meeting with al-Arouri, Nasrallah called PIJ leader Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, to discuss the tunnel's destruction.

Because of its complete political and military control over Gaza, Israel holds Hamas responsible for all terror that originates in Gaza.

Last month, while in Iran, al-Arouri thanked Iran for its support. At the time he also said that Hamas rejected the Quartet principles for Middle East peace, even as Hamas was in middle of reconciliation talks with Fatah.

Hamas in recent months has been drawing closer to Iran, recognized by the State Department as the "leading state sponsor of terrorism," and which is also the primary benefactor of Hezbollah.

Iraqi Parliament Votes to Criminalize Public Display of Israeli Flag

Iraq's parliament in Baghdad voted on Tuesday to criminalize flying the Israeli flag in the country, after accusing Israel and Mossad of orchestrating the Kurdish independence referendum on September 25 to establish, in the words of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a “second Israel” in the Middle East.

I24news reported that "The House of Representatives voted during its regular session, today, a decision to criminalize all who raise the flag of the Zionist entity in public circles.”Siham al-Moussawi, an MP of the Badr Bloc which is affiliated with the Iranian-backed Shiite militia force Badr Organization, told Arabic media that the decision was made at the request of his party. Al-Moussawi said that "the Iraqi Constitution and the laws in force absolutely prohibit dealing with the Zionist entity as an enemy of the Arab nation.”

He further noted that "the government of Iraq confronts hostile nations, including the Zionist entity, and we have information on the presence of elements of the Mossad within the region.” He attacked the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for allowing the raising of "the flag of Israel in the region” and added that “Mossad promoted and supported Barzani [the KRG’s President] during his separatist project under the premise of the referendum.”

The accusations surfaced, after Israeli flags were raised during a number of pro-independence rallies in the Kurdistan region, the U.S. and across Europe. The KRG has maintained that their appearances were "spontaneous" and not organized by the government.

Expert: Russia Sees Iran as "Strategic Partner" Presenting Challenge for Israel

Russian President Vladimir Putin sees Iran as a "strategic partner" to Russia which is "not good news for Israel," a Russian expert told Ben Cohen of The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Discussing the significance of Putin's trip to Iran, Anna Borshchevskaya, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said that Russia supports the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and won't likely agree to any changes because "they wanted the JCPOA, they wanted Iran to get sanctions relief so they could trade, and they saw the agreement as a victory for their own diplomacy."

Borshchevskaya didn't see Russia objecting to a greater Iranian presence in Syria, even on Israel's border.

“The Iranians may not have identical strategic goals to the Russians, but these don’t necessarily conflict,” she added. Moreover, the Russian-Iranian alliance is motivated by the fact that "they have a common enemy in America.”

While Israel has ties with Russia and has maintained freedom to act against threats emanating from Syria, Borshchevskaya said that the emerging partnership between Russia and Iran should of great concern to Israel, observing, "Putin’s primary interest is in having Iran as a strategic partner, and that’s not good news for Israel.”

“He is very good at balancing all these relationships — Kurds, Iranians, Saudis, Israelis," Borshchevskaya, said, noting the Putin has recently hosted both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabian King Salman, "but his main priority is Iran.”

Israel Flavor and Fragrance Maker Marks its Ninth Acquisition in 2017

Israeli flavor firm Frutarom announced that it has agreed to acquire the remaining shares of Israeli ingredients and food company Enzymotec. In August, Frutarom purchased 19 percent of Enzymotec’s shares for $42 million. It is paying about $168 million for the rest. Enzymotec will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Frutarom and will be delisted from trading on NASDAQ.

Frutarom is one of the largest companies in the world in the field of flavors and specialty fine ingredients, employing approximately 5,000 people. It develops, produces and markets some 60,000 flavor compounds, natural flavor extracts and colorings and algae-based products to some tens of thousands of customers in the food and beverages, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Enzymotec is its ninth acquisition in 2017, and it’s 28th in the last three years.

Enzymotec is a specialty chemicals company that creates dietary supplements and medical food. One of the company’s key products is the infant formula InFat, which mimics the composition, structure and nutritional value of the fat found in human breastmilk.

Frutarom has no significant activity in the infant formula area, which was one of the reasons Frutarom was interested in acquiring Enzymotec.

Enzymoetic has 235 employees, mainly in Midgal HaEmek and the United States, and had sales in the last 12 months of $36.5 million.

“In the wake of the accelerated internal growth and the contribution of acquisitions made until now, Frutarom’s rate of annual sales already approaches $1.5 billion,” said Frutarom Group CEO Ori Yehudai.

(via Israel21c)

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