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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2018 By World Israel News In her remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that "Iranian proxies in Iraq op- erate openly, with funding, training, and weapons sup- plied by Tehran. The Iranian regime has reportedly begun over the last few months to transfer ballistic missiles to these proxies in Iraq. It is reportedly developing the ca- pability for its proxy militias to produce their own missiles inside of Iraq." Iran, not Israel, 'mer- its debate in Security Council' "I have always been open about my belief that this Middle East debate has been excessively and unfairly focused on Israel. Today, I will go one step further. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is serious and worthy of this Council's attention. But if there is one country that is the source of conflict and instability in the Middle East--one country that merits a quarterly debate in the Security Council--that country is not Israel. It's Iran," she stated. "In a blatant violation of Iraqi sovereignty, the Iranian regime recently fired a bar- rage of missiles from Iran into Iraq," the ambassador charged. "Iran attacked the headquarters of the Kurdis- tan Democratic Party of Iran, killing 11 people. This was not an act of Iranian proxies but of the Tehran regime itself. It was Iran's first direct military strike into Iraqi ter- ritory in over a decade. This Iranian interference in the sovereignty of Iraq should be of great interest to the Security Council for many reasons, not least of which is because it occurs in clear defiance of Security Council resolutions. "Iranian General and head of the IRGC Quds Force So- leimani is leading an effort to influence the composition of a new Iraqi government. I remind my colleagues that Soleimani was banned from traveling outside of Iran by the Security Coun- cil in 2007. That ban was reaffirmed in 2015 with the passage of Security Council Resolution 2231. Despite this unambiguous travel ban, Soleimani has practically taken up residence in Iraq since the May elections. This fact was noted by the Sec- retary-General in the most recent 2231 Implementation Report. And let's be clear about what Soleimani is up to in Iraq. He is not there to help create a government in Baghdad that is responsive to the Iraqi people. He is there to build an Iraqi government that is under the control of the Iranian regime. "Iran treats Iraq like it's not an independent nation. Iran sees Iraq as a transit point for weapons and a training ground for its proxies. Iran seeks to keep Iraq economi- cally weak. Why? Because Iran wants to use a weak Iraq to illicitly fund its terrorist activities." White House puts Teh- ran 'firmly on notice' "There is one more recent Iranian escalation that bears special consequence to Americans," Haley con- tinued. "Two weeks ago, two Iranian proxy groups launched rocket attacks on the American Embassy in Baghdad and the US. Con- sulate in Basra. Using proxy forces in Iraq does not give the Iranian regime plausible deniability when attacks like this occur. The Trump Administration does not, and will not, buy that. Iran could have stopped its proxies' attacks. It chose not to, so the White House responded by putting Tehran firmly on notice. We hold the Iranian regime fully accountable for its proxies' attacks on U.S. facilities and person- nel in Iraq. And we will not hesitate to vigorously defend American lives." Haley said the US is "com- mitted to working with Iraq to help it create an inclusive and independent government," noting that Iran's activities are pulling the Iraqi people backward. "This is the very same conflict and division that Iran promotes in Syria, Ye- men, Lebanon, and across the Middle East," she said. "All members of the Secu- rity Council who respect the principle of national sover- eignty should be concerned. And all who respect the right to self-determination for the Iraqi people should come to their defense," Haley concluded. pose a By Yaakov Lappin (JNS)--A decision by the Israeli government to award Chinese companies con- tracts to manage and build key Israeli ports is drawing controversy in Israel. Haifa's growing port, lo- cated close to a naval base, will be managed by one Chinese company, while a second port in Ashdod, also near a naval base, is being constructed by a second Chinese firm. The topic made headlines in recent weeks following a University of Haifa conference on Maritime Security in the Eastern Mediterranean. During the conference, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Shaul Chorev, a former Deputy Commander of the Israeli Navy, told the Israel Na- tional News website that "when China operates a port, it also controls com- munications means. This is contrary to the interests of other states, and there is no mechanism [in Israel] that considers this." Chorev reportedly added that this would undermine the chances of the United States viewing Haifa Port as a home base that it could invest in--just when Israel should be seeking to strengthen its position as a strategic regional base for the U.S. Navy. Chorev added that when it comes to international affairs, "China is not on our side," saying it supports Pakistan and purchases oil from Iran. RearAdm. Oded Gour-Lavie (Res.), a former head of the Israeli Navy's Strategic Task Force, and a Research Fel- low at the Haifa Center for Maritime Policy and Strat- egy, addressed the Chinese involvement in Haifa Port, telling JNS that Israel was facing competing economic and security considerations. "There are basically two distinct issues we need to look i~iiiii~ i~ ~iiiiii!i!~iiii! This Special Issue is full of features relating to financial issues affecting you and Central Florida. Your ad in this Special Section will reach an audience of heads of households who are qualified business and professional people who have the income necessary to live well today and invest wisely tomorrow, Publication Date: October 26, 2018 Deadline: October 17, 2018 For information-- Call 407-834-8787 at," he explained. "One is the way decisions are made when economic issues and security issues can be in opposition, and even though both are part of the overall national security realm, they should be brought to attention--with all the information and strategic analysis--so we don't 'shoot ourselves in the foot.'" Taking strong U.S.-Israeli connection into consideration By Ariel Kahana (Israel Hayom via JNS)-- Israel will act to counter the Palestinian Author- ity's planned payments to the family of a terrorist who murdered an Israeli citizen last Sunday by cutting the same amount from the tax dividends Israel transfers to Ramailah. Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon made the deci- sion after the P.A. announced it would pay a stipend to killer Youssef Ali Jabarin, 17, mere hours after he stabbed Ari Fuld, 45, to death near the Gush Etzion Junction, south of Jerusalem. Fuid managed to shoot his assailant and wound him before collapsing. Kahlon, who as finance minister has authority over the transfer of funds to Pal- Israel Haifaport. As the world's second- largest economy, China has been quickly expanding its role abroad. Under President Xi Jinping, the country has embarked on the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, a modern-day adaption of the ancient Silk Road, which seeks to revive and extend networks of land and sea trade across Eurasia connected to China. While the focus for China is on PA's estinians, asked to discover the exact amount of money the assailant's relatives are set to receive. The P.A. spends millions of dollars every year paying stipends to jailed ter- rorists and to the families of killed terrorists, in a policy known as "pay to slay." "It cannot be that a ter- rorist carries out a cruel crime and takes victims and his family receives aid funds instead of being punished," Kahlon told Israel Hayom. "As a first step, every shekel the Palestinian Authority transfers to the depraved terrorist's family will be deducted immediately. I have further asked for an examination of ways to limit the terrorist's family's fi- nancial activities, so that the family is punished--not rewarded--for the depraved act ions of one of its members. Zvi Roger/Haifa Municipality economic development acr oss the continent--investing trillions in new roads, power plants, ports, airports and telecommunication links-- others see it as a push for Chinese dominance in global affairs and a push for Chinese- centric trade routes. Given its location in the eastern Mediterranean, as Chinese on page 15A to "This is the appropriate Zionist response, but also a message to the Palestinians that they are twice losing money that was supposed to go toward health care, educa- tion and infrastructure." In July, the Knesset passed legislation to financially penalize the P.A. for paying stipends to terrorists and their families. Under the law, defense officials must submit to the government a detailed report of the funds the P.A. pays to terrorists and their families. The cabinet is then obligated to deduct the amount from the tax dividends Israel collects for the Palestinians. However, the law has not yet been implemented by the government, and the first such report is set to be submitted to the cabinet in January.