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Washington Post, Wall Street Journal editorial boards shelter Israel from attacks

Posted by Tip Staff - December 30, 2016


The Washington Post editorial board slammed Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Friday, following a similar condemnation from The Wall Street Journal of the marathon address and United Nations vote that took place last week.
The UN resolution denounced any Israeli presence beyond the 1949 armistice lines—including at the famed Jewish holy site the Western Wall in Jerusalem.Both newspaper editorial boards believe that undue criticism placed on Israel hurts chances for progress and misreads the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The Journal firmly declared that the main obstacle to peace is Palestinian rejectionism. While The Post writers highlighted leadership concerns stemming from both parties, they were clear in stating that “combating Palestinian corruption and political dysfunction” must be prioritized for any viable peace process to take place.
“The Obama administration is ending eight years of failed Middle East diplomacy exactly where it began in 2009 — with an exaggerated and misguided focus on Israeli settlement construction,” railed The Post. Its rival paper in New York recounted the many times Palestinians rejected peace deals and likewise voiced concerns over botched diplomacy: “We recite this history to show that it’s not for lack of U.S. diplomacy that there is no peace—and that mishandled diplomacy has a way of encouraging Palestinian violence.”


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday criticized last week’s anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution as a “deeply unsettling” measure that would not help bring about a two-state solution, the Australian Jewish News reported.
Speaking at a Chanukah celebration at Central Synagogue in Sydney, the prime minister described resolution 2334, which condemns Israeli presence in the West Back and eastern Jerusalem, as “deeply unsettling for our community.”
“Australia stands with Israel. We support Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East,” Trumbull said, reiterating his nation’s support for a “peaceful resolution” to Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “We support a two-state solution just as the government of Israel does.”
Trumbull emphasized that a two-state solution “can only be negotiated between the parties,” not through UN involvement. “It is not assisted by one-sided resolutions made at the councils of the United Nations or anywhere else, and that is why Australia has not, and does not, support one-sided resolutions,” he said.


The Sino-Israeli Robotics Institute (SIRI) was inaugurated in mid-December when a delegation of nine Israeli companies — led by Ariel University Prof. Zvi Shiller, chair of the Israeli Robotics Association, and Technion Prof. Moshe Shoham, founder of Mazor Robotics and a world leader in medical robotics — participated in the second Sino-Israeli Robotics Innovation Conference in Guangzhou, China.
Intended as “home base” for Israeli robotics companies entering the Chinese market, SIRI is located at the Guangzhou International Robotics Center (ROBOHUB), a government-supported, 4,800-square-meter robotics incubator and demonstration center including a large exhibition and demo area, innovation lab, training center, and corporate offices.
“This is an exciting time for the Israeli robotics industry,” Shiller said. “We are committed to establishing a true partnership with SIRI and ROBOHUB, and we look forward to broadening this strategic cooperation, which will serve as a fast track for transforming ideas into products and for moving products into the Chinese market.”
The conference attracted some 100 robotics companies from Guangdong Province, more than 40 of which held B2B meetings with the Israeli companies.

A popular food supplement called phosphatidylserine may be instrumental in reversing the detrimental effects of Familial dysautonomia (FD), a debilitating neurodegenerative genetic disorder that disrupts the autonomic nervous system such as digestion, breathing, production of tears, and the regulation of blood pressure and body temperature, according to a new Tel Aviv University study. The TAU research team is now looking for ways of improving the delivery of phosphatidylserine to the nervous system. Familial dysautonomia, also known as Riley–Day syndrome, is an inherited disorder of the nervous system that primarily affects people of Eastern European Jewish heritage. In fact, one in 31 people of East European Jewish ancestry are thought to be carriers of the defective gene that causes this disorder. The research, led jointly by Prof. Gil Ast and Prof. Eran Perlson of TAU’s Sackler School of Medicine, generated a mouse model of FD to examine the neuron degeneration caused by FD and to observe the positive effects of the novel therapy. The study was recently published in PLOS Genetics. (via Israel21c)

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