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Iran Proceeding with Renegade Nuclear Program

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14 Jan 2019 (All day)
Iran Proceeding with Renegade Nuclear Program
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, told media outlets in Teheran on Sunday that the Islamic Republic has begun the process of designing uranium fuel purified to 20%, a process which has some utility for the generation of nuclear power but is an essential component of a military nuclear program of the type Iranian officials continuously deny they are pursuing. The move is also a violation of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear accord Iran insists it will adhere to.

Malaysia Bans Israeli Swimmers from Paralympics Championship
The International Paralympic Committee declared itself to be “disappointed” over the weekend following a decision by Malaysia to refuse entry to Israeli athletes wishing to participate in the Paralympic World Championships later this summer. The Committee further declared that it was in the process of attempting to “find a solution” to the situation after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said if the Committee wanted to move the event to a different country which would allow the Israeli swimmers to participate that was fine with him.

‘McJesus’ Sculpture Draws Arab-Christian Protest in Haifa
The Arab Christian community in Haifa reacted with outrage on Friday to the display in the Haifa Museum of Art of a sculpture depicting Ronald McDonald crucified on a cross, with many participants in a street protest in front of the museum saying it was a deliberate affront to their community and faith such as would not be tolerated if it was directed against Judaism or Islam. Finnish sculptor Jani Leinonen, who created the piece, told the Jerusalem Post he was sorry for the bad feelings it had produced in Haifa and that he had not intended the piece to be displayed at the museum because he is a supporter of the BDS movement.

Eizenkot Honored Ahead of Retirement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led a meeting Sunday at the Kiryia military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Sunday to pay respects to outgoing IDF IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, whose official last day on the job will be Tuesday when he will be replaced by Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi. "You served the IDF for over 40 years, making it a record for any Chief of Staff," Netanyahu said. "The citizens of Israel no little of the hundreds of bold operations we carried out in the last 4 years under your command. Now it is time for you to spend time with your family. I thank you for your service."
Here is a video the IDF posted for Eisenkot’s retirement

Large Japanese Business Delegation Arrives in Israel
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat this week as Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko announced he will soon land in the Jewish State at the head of a delegation of over 150 officials from many of Japan’s largest corporations to participate in a three-day seminar sponsored by the Japan Israel Innovation Network (JIIN). "This visit and its results constitute a further milestone in strengthening economic relations between Israel and one of the most significant economies in the world,” said Economy Minister Eli Cohen. “Such cooperation will lead the Israeli economy forward for many years."

"This delegation is the result of prolonged activity to promote economic relations between Israel and Japan by the Israeli and Japanese economic ministries, and we are pleased to see these efforts bearing fruit," said Noa Asher, the Foreign Trade Administration's economic attaché in Japan. "Japanese companies are increasingly identifying Israeli companies as optimal partners for advanced research, development and investments."

Report: WCC Training Anti-Israel Volunteers
Research institute NGO Monitor issued a report over the weekend showing that the World Council of Churches (WCC) is conducting a project it calls the “Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)” with the purpose of training young volunteers to be opposed to Israel and promote the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) the Jewish State. The report adds that the project is being funded by Western governments, the EU and the UN.

The full report can be read by clicking HERE

Today's video shows a recent briefing on US policies in the Middle East from a senior Trump Administration official