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Iranian Supreme Leader Vows to Continue Missile Development

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5 Jun 2019 (All day)
Iranian Supreme Leader Vows to Continue Missile Development
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave a fiery speech on Tuesday declaring, among other things, that his county wouldn’t negotiate with the US over its renegade ballistic missile program. He added that "The US president recently said Iran can achieve development with its current leaders. That means they do not seek regime change...but this political trick will not deceive Iranian officials and the Iranian nation. In the missile program, they know we have reached a point of deterrence and stability. They want to deprive us from it, but they will never succeed."

In related news, reports emerged in official Iranian state media outlets on Wednesday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps assesses that its anti-ship missile capability has deterred the US from sending the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf.

Here is a video giving some analysis of the current situation



Israel Blesses the World
A team of medical researchers at Tel Aviv University announced this week that they have found promising lines of treatment that has the potential to delay the onset of the neurodegenerative disorder popularly known as Parkinson’s disease. The research was published on Wednesday in the Acta Neuropathologica medical journal. Also on Wednesday, the seventh annual report by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) in the US listed Tel Aviv University and Haifa’s Technion–Israel Institute of Technology among the top 100 leading universities worldwide to be granted US patents for invention in 2018.

“Patenting an invention is the first step towards making a lasting impact on the innovation ecosystem,” said IPO deputy executive director Jessica Landacre. “The [report] demonstrates which institutions are at the forefront of this change, and highlights the important role innovation plays in local, regional and global economies.”

Tourism Numbers for May Point to BDS Failure
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat this week when the Tourism Ministry released a report showing that the Jewish State welcomed 11% more incoming visitors in May of 2019 than the same month in 2018. "The May 2019 tourism statistics continue the consistent upward momentum and record-breaking trend in incoming tourism to Israel," said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. "As a continuation of the growth trend, we are also developing infrastructures.”

Poverty in Israel Continues to Be a Major Challenge
A report published Wednesday by the Taub Center for Social Policy in Israel contained good news and bad news, showing an increase in the overall quality of life for Israeli citizens but also showing a very difficult situation for groups with traditionally low levels of income and employment. “The integration of ultra-Orthodox men in the labor force remains, therefore, one of the major challenges facing the Israeli economy,” said Prof. Avi Weiss, president of the Taub Center and author of the report. “Israel’s high ranking reflects the large inequality in income compared with other OECD countries, which results in a large gap between the income of households in the poorest decile and the median income according to which the poverty line is calculated.”

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