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Tehran Threatens US with Terror Lawsuits


Iran's legislature plans to file a complaint against the US at the UN Security Council demanding the prosecution of Washington officials for their alleged open call for "terror attacks" on Islamic Republic officials. "The Iranian nation's live and telling documents prove that the US administration as a symbol of terrorism in the world has killed millions of people and is a threat to humanity," the Iranian parliament's Security Committee said.

Iran Backs Islamic Jihad's 8,000-Man Army in Gaza


Hamas' rival Islamic Jihad has built an 8,000-man army supported by Iran and "ready for martyrdom or victory." But martyrdom is the more desirable," it said.

"We are proud and honored to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran gives us support and help," Abu Ahmed, the spokesman for Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades told Reuters in a rare interview.

He denied that its weapons come from Iran and refused to comment on whether its fighters were trained by Iranians. Israeli intelligence officials previously have said that Hamas and other terrorists often travel to Iran, where Revolutionary Guards teach them. "What I will say is that we have every right to turn to every source of power for help," said Abu Ahmed.

He told the interviewer that there is a demand from young people to join Islamic Jihad but that it "can't accept everyone ... It is a question of quality, not quantity."

Islamic Jihad has become more prominent by virtue of its not being in an official political role in Gaza, which officially is governed by Hamas. It has been the most prominent holdout in a number of "ceasefires" from Gaza, none of which has held for a long time.

Abu Ahmed boasted of an advanced missile launcher that it showed on a video last week as it fired multiple missiles almost simultaneously from a pick-up truck. Israeli military officials think the video may have been taken in some other area, such as Lebanon or Iran.

However, Abu Ahmed maintained, "The al-Quds Brigades really surprised Israel; forcing them to rethink their assessment of us ... I don't think they realized we had that weaponry."

U.S. Unfreezes $200M in PA Aid


The Palestinian Authority will receive some $200 million in frozen US aid dollars after top House Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ended her brief hold on the money.

Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, informed the Obama administration she would release $50 million in economic support funds for the Palestinian Security Forces and $148 million in other assistance.

Ros-Lehtinen cited the administration's certification that payment of the funds were in the 'national security interests of the United States' as well as word that the government of Israel did not object to the assistance.

Some view Jerusalem's silence on the matter, on the heels of Jerusalem freezing tax revenues to the PA, as reason enough to question the US administration's assertion that the resumption of funds is in line with Israeli interests.

Many nationalist politicians in Israel say the Obama administration is using its promised veto of the PA bid at the UN Security Council to leverage Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu into not pursuing Israel's true interests. The implied threat of not following through with the promised veto, they say, is effectively 'holding a gun' to Israel's head.

Ros-Lehtinen had blocked the funds in late August - shortly before PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas submitted his application for statehood recognition based on pre-1967 lines to the UN Security Council the following month. At the time the lawmaker placed an "informational hold" on the money, seeking explanatory material from the administration. The PA pursued the move - and subsequent unilateral moves at the world body - despite strong objections from the United States and Israel.

The PA has received roughly $500 million a year from the US alone in recent years. No explanation of how funds to the Palestinian Liberation Organization benefits the 'national security of the United States' were offered.

However, funds to Ramallah begin to flow despite Abbas continuing to be at loggerheads with the Obama administration over his insistence on making unilateral moves - as well as his seeking rapprochement with Hamas - defined as a terror organization by both Israel and the US.

Israeli Technology Develops a Better, Cheaper, Greener Battery


Batteries make the world go round. Not just in cell phones and laptop computers, but in all sorts of other devices, many of which need to run 24/7. There are two problems with batteries, though – they cost money, and they need to constantly be replaced or recharged.

While this isn't such a problem for consumer devices and gadgets, it is a major issue for always-on monitoring systems, used in hundreds of venues – security systems, utility monitoring, farms and factories. In those venues, managers are forced to keep strict track of when batteries were installed and when they need to be changed, and a foul-up could cost an organization time and any money.

Israeli startup Sol-Chip has a solution: an eco-friendly renewable battery power technology using photovoltaic energy, integrated with low power electronic devices. All those alarms, monitors, game devices, and many others can now use low-cost, disposable, solar-powered batteries that can be recharged with the power of the sun.

The batteries are integrated with chips that are designed for a specific device or product, so the batteries are actually part of the device itself. It's a green, low-cost solution that takes the burden off managers, and puts it on the sun, which is "responsible" for powering and recharging the batteries that make these devices go. And, thanks to Sol-Chip's patented technology, the company can produce solar-renewable chips for half of what the competition does.

Although the chips can be used in all sorts of devices, inside or outside, they are ideal for things like identity tags used for products in a warehouse, which currently use, for the most part, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. As a pilot project, Sol-Chip has developed a series of chips for use on dairy farms; the chips can be attached to cows and other animals, allowing farmers to monitor their animals.

"If the system costs $100 per head and the farmer has 10,000 head of cattle you can figure out the time, effort and expense in replacing such systems," said Sol-Chip CEO Dr. Shani Keysar. "With our photovoltaic-PV renewable battery especially designed for small, low power devices, farmers can save themselves all that work and money, on maintaining their herd management solutions."

"We are concentrating for now on the agricultural market, where there is a great opportunity," Keysar said. "For example, one application we are working on is for Israeli company Netafim, a large maker of plant watering systems. Our technology will allow sprinkler systems to work almost indefinitely, without the need to change batteries."

It's a major breakthrough for small devices, said Keysar, and one with many applications. "There are all sorts of devices in farms, agriculture, infrastructure and homes that will benefit from this technology," she said. Take, for example, medical equipment used in emergency situations. "Battery performance and replacement is a major headache for medical personnel responsible for ensuring that life-saving equipment is ready when it is most needed. Our technology ensures that staff has one less thing to worry about."

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