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Rouhani: 'Nuclear Israel is the Greatest Threat to World Peace'
By IsraelNationalNews.com, the Jerusalem Post, Reuters & YnetNews.com
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the United States' decision to reinstate
sanctions against Iran in his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday
evening. "The US is pushing some countries to withdraw from the nuclear agreement and
threatening others with punishment if they trade with us. This is the first time in the
history of the UN that an open invitation to violate international law is backed by
sanctions and punishments. This is the Americans' model," Rouhani said.
"The US understands nothing but force and bullying. There is no country that can come to
the negotiating table by force. In the end there is no better way than dialogue. In
dialogue, there are two sides which base themselves on respect and justice, and of course
respect for international agreements."
The president of Iran attacked Israel for what he called the "crimes of occupation" and
added, "Israel, equipped with nuclear weapons, constitutes the greatest threat to peace
and stability in the region and in the world. Israel, which has a nuclear arsenal is
blatantly threatening others with nuclear annihilation.
"The countless crimes by Israel against the Palestinians would not have been able to take
place without assistance and support from the US," Rouhani said in his speech to the
United Nations General Assembly, adding that the passage of the years cannot justify what
he described as the "continued occupation."
Rouhani further emphasized that the US decision to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem was a flagrant example of Washington undermining regional peace. He also slammed
Israel's recent passage of the Nation-State Law was another clear example of the country
being an apartheid state.
Rouhani expressed Iran's willingness to improve ties with the regional countries. Sunni
Muslim Saudi Arabia has been at loggerheads with Shi'ite Iran for decades, fighting a
long-running proxy war in the Middle East and beyond that has influenced conflicts in
Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. "We believe in the formation of a collective mechanism for
the Persian Gulf region with the presence and participation of all regional countries," he
Rouhani accused the Trump administration of having a "Nazi disposition" within minutes of
opening his remarks, later stating: "The United States understanding of international
relations is authoritarian. No state or nation can be brought to the negotiating table by
force," Rouhani said, using the majority of his time at the UN podium criticizing his
Earlier in the day, President Trump characterized the Iranian government as a cancer on
the Middle East. "Iran's leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction," Trump said. They do
not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead,
Iran's leaders plunder the nation's resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem
across the Middle East and far beyond.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Barak Appointed as Chairman of Cannabis Firm
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak was appointed chairman of Israeli medical
cannabis company InterCure, Ltd., the company announced Tuesday. Tel Aviv-traded
Intercure's stock was up as much as 26.82% on Tuesday following the announcement.
Barak is set to lead Intercure's global expansion strategy and will earn $10,000 for 40
hours per month, the company said. Barak will also receive stock options convertible into
5% of Intercure stock.
Earlier this month, Intercure, which functions as a holding company, acquired Israeli
cannabis cultivator Canndoc Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. Canndoc is licensed in Israel
to produce and market medical cannabis and its products, which adhere to strict
international standards, may be sold in pharmacies. Intercure said Tuesday it is in the
process of changing its name to Canndoc Pharma.
Intercure also holds a 17.25% stake in Israel-based clinical stage company Regenera Pharma
Ltd., which develops drugs for a wide range of neurological conditions, with a focus on
degenerative diseases. In January, Regenera received a $20 million investment from Marius
Nacht, co-founder of information security company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Intercure also holds a 9% stake in Jerusalem-based NovellusDx Ltd., which develops
biological cancer treatments.
High Speed Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Rail Opens to the Public
Israelis climbed aboard the country's new high-speed train on Tuesday as it partially
opened to whisk passengers from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport, a massive project years
in the making. A smattering of passengers descended into the new station 260 feet
underground in central Jerusalem for the first train at 6:32 am, and some of them weren't
actually travelling anywhere.
They included Richard Elkaim, who boarded the red double-decker carriages with his wife
and three of his grandchildren to test out the new line -- then ride back home to
Jerusalem. He and his wife pulled out their mobile phones to record their grandchildren --
11, 7 and 6 -- as the train left a tunnel to follow an elevated route through the steep
hills and valleys surrounding Jerusalem.
"It's because we have waited for years, this network for more than 10 years," said the
71-year-old retired doctor originally from France. "For everyone who works, for all
Israelis proud of their country, it's incredible."
The train will eventually connect Jerusalem to the commercial capital Tel Aviv with a
high-speed link that will take only 28 minutes. It is capable of travelling at 100 miles
per hour. In normal traffic, it can take around double the amount of time to drive, but
congestion in the Tel Aviv area can be maddening and lead to longer commutes.
For now, the train is only running as far as Ben Gurion airport from Jerusalem, with the
link onward to Tel Aviv not yet complete. No timetable has been set for when that will
open. It is running as a pilot program for the first three months at no charge to
passengers, though they must first reserve a voucher online for the 21-minute trip. Only
400 passengers are allowed to board each train for now compared to around three times that
when it begins full operations.
Israel also wants to extend the line to include a Western Wall station. For Israelis, the
project is a realization of a longer-term vision to connect the country by high-speed
rail. The route includes 25 miles of tunnels and eight bridges.
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