Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk on Friday published details of a reported medium-term proposal, aimed at the current hot conflict between Israel and Hamas, that the outlet said is being floated by Cairo to various parties with stakes in the conflict. The Times of Israel conveyed the agreement as 11 ceasefire clauses as reported by Israel's Channel 2. The proposal leans heavily on establishing Palestinian Authority (PA) control over the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, including requirements that stipulate that "Israeli authorities will coordinate with the PA all issues of funds related to Gaza and its reconstruction," that PA forces will be deployed into areas currently maintained by the Israelis as buffer zones by January 1, 2015, and that the PA will coordinate the passage of goods into Gaza. The Israelis are reportedly insisting that "any understandings reached must clearly serve Israel’s security interests," among which have been the insistence that any PA presence in the Gaza Strip be coupled with robust measures designed to remove Hamas's arsenal of Iranian-funded and -provided rockets and weapons. The alternative involves scenarios that would allow the latter organization to establish a "Hezbollah model" in the Gaza Strip, in which formal PA control over civil infrastructure would provide a cover for ongoing military dominance by Hamas. Egyptian sources suggested Friday that Hamas was willing to accept terms that would prohibit the group from reconstructing its offensive tunnel infrastructure, which leaders of the terror organization had counted among several 'surprises' that were to be deployed against Israeli civilian infrastructure (analysts, citing Hamas statements, have tended to count drone deployments and advanced rockets as the other two). The Israelis are widely thought to be demanding demilitarization in exchange for any significant redevolpment of Gaza, including any airports or seaports that would allow Palestinian groups to circumvent Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on importing materials that can be used for military purposes.
When former Apple executive Eric Sirkin sailed from Silicon Valley to Silicon Wadi – figuratively speaking, though he does have a skipper’s license – he harbored a dream of building a multinational company in Israel. Four years later that dream has yet to be realized, but Sirkin has made smaller waves in Israeli business waters through the and Tel Aviv Angel Group and the new Maverick Group early-stage venture fund. He retains a hand on the rudder of the Angel Group’s remaining portfolio startups. Some were bought out, including LabPixies, Google’s first Israeli acquisition. Among the handful of others are the Tomigo social recruiting platform and the Neomatix tire-pressure monitor, featured previously on ISRAEL21c. As chief technology officer for Maverick Group, the 61-year-old St. Louis native nurtures software companies and works with three partners to choose additional startups in which to invest some $20 million from partners in several countries. He dismisses the notion that Israelis are too impatient and too limited by the small local market to grow sizable corporations. “In Israel people are always talking about exits, and I cringe when I hear that,” Sirkin tells ISRAEL21c. “I don’t fault companies that have exits, but if you look at small startups that sell out to a US company, who gains from that exit financially? Mostly foreign investors. It’s not servicing the Israeli economy and not creating many Israeli jobs.” He points to Israeli success stories Mellanox Technologies, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Check Point Software Technologies, Israel Aircraft Industries and Elbit as examples of what is possible. “We’re capable of building large companies, but it requires a shift of mentality,” Sirkin maintains. “I came here thinking that with my experience I could help build such companies. I have the experience and I’ve been there and done it. Lo and behold, I find that this is part of my dream that is probably not going to happen. I’ve tried no less than three times working with young entrepreneurs sitting on a huge idea and a huge opportunity, but it wasn’t in the cards for a combination of reasons.” (via Israel21c)
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