Haaretz reported Wednesday that Hamas says it plans to establish military units to fight Israel from southern Lebanon, illustrating renewed cooperation and improving ties between Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. Additionally, this signals a Hamas attempt to open a new front against Israel. According to MEMRI, on February 4, senior Hamas leader Dr. Mahmoud Zahar called on Syria and Lebanon to permit Hamas to establish military units loyal to Hamas in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon. MEMRI has indicated that this is the first time Hamas has issued a statement describing its intention to open another front. Emad Zaqout, news division chief at Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV, wrote that Hamas wants to be able to attack every part of Israel in hopes of putting more pressure on the Jewish state. He also admitted that Hamas had launched rockets at Israel from Lebanon during the last Gaza war. Zaqout claimed that Mohammed Deif, chief commander of Hamas’ Izz ad-din al-Qassam Brigades who many believe to be dead, had allegedly sent a letter to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah asking him for permission to operate against Israel from Lebanon. Zaqout said, “I believe that Zahar’s statements were made in coordination with the highest levels of Hezbollah.”
The last Gaza war contributed to improved ties between Hamas and Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s official website reported that during the Gaza war, Nasrallah praised Hamas fighters and said he “stands next to the Palestinian resistance.” At a recent hearing, Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that “In many respects, that war was Hamas’ way of reorienting its ship back to Iran.” A former member of the Iranian Shura Council and close associate of the Iranian regime said that “the Gaza war will have a major role in warming the relations between Hamas and Hezbollah, including providing assistance and support in all required fields.” Ynet reported that Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) external branch, met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Turkey shortly after Operation Protective Edge, and the IRGC recently bragged that Iran has provided Palestinian terror groups with short- and mid-range missile technology. Khaled Mashaal is scheduled to visit Iran next month.
Doctors often warn patients and their families against searching the Internet for medical information. But that’s exactly what Israeli inventor Tal Givoly and med-tech serial entrepreneur Dr. Oren Fuerst did when serious illnesses hit their families.
While they knew the consequences of all the junk science and misleading information on the web, Givoly needed to know how to save the life of his teenage daughter who was suffering congestive heart failure, and Fuerst needed decisive information as the caregiver for his cancer-stricken mother.
Together with world-renowned urologist Steven Kaplan, who had too many patients bringing him printouts of disinformation they found online, Givoly and Fuerst created Medivizor – a company that uses patent-pending technology to sift through thousands of content articles and find the most essential information applicable and personalized for each person’s medical situation.
The company says its software, crowdsourcing techniques and medical expertise can help information-seekers access easy-to-read, relevant and customized information in one place. (via Israel21c)