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The New Normal: UAE And Israel Publicize Their Intelligence Cooperation, Some Aspects At Least

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The New Normal: UAE And Israel Publicize Their Intelligence Cooperation, Some Aspects At Least

As the ‘normalization’ deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel takes effect, the two countries are busy promoting the benefits of their new relationship, with particular emphasis on commercial and security benefits. The ‘new normal’ is now permitting the disclosure of relations and areas of cooperation that have in fact existed for many years in some cases. Other areas of ongoing cooperation continue to receive much less attention in the official discourses.

The Jerusalem Post has highlighted the burgeoning UAE-Israeli intelligence cooperation relationship under the heading “UAE cyber head: Israeli intel. sharing helps deter hacking attempts”.

In a first for UAE and Israeli cyber intelligence and security agencies, their respective directors (Muhammad al-Kuwaiti and Chief Yigal Unna respectively) participated openly at the same event, in a Tel Aviv University virtual conference on Thursday. Both sides were effusive in their praise for their counterparts and the benefits of the normalization agreement.

Responding to questions about the impact of the normalization deal on Israeli-UAE cyber security cooperation, al-Kuwaiti said that “it has been really a positive and added value to many sectors and aspects” of defending the UAE from hacking.

“It’s a plus… that will help us on many collaborations and with digital transformation. Israel is very well known for technology… and cyber security… In less than a month, many of the emergency response teams are sharing information.”

Al-Kuwaiti said this sharing, “will help us in deterring [hackers] jointly and together and to allow all of these [new] business [ventures to] easily work together.”

In his opening remarks, Unna greeted al-Kuwaiti in Arabic, saying, “My brother, I am happy for this great opportunity and for the start of fruitful and successful cooperation between each of us, with god’s help…

We are threatened by the same threats, maybe even a little more than the rest of the world because of the nature of the region because of the new relationship and because of who we are – strong economically and technologically.”

Unna added, “If we are more threatened, we should join hands and work together. The UAE has a lot to offer to Israel and Israel has a lot to offer the UAE.”

He said cyber professionals in both countries were “just waiting to begin. The natural thing was finally our leaders paved the way to work [together]. As we see…from the first meeting in Abu Dhabi, things are [moving with] fast progress.”

The event was also attended by another heavyweight in Israel’s cyber-security efforts,  Major-General (ret.) Yitzhak Ben Israel, who currently directs the cyber program at Tel Aviv University and heads a task force dealing with quantum computing, who commented on the importance of that field in changing the future of encryption methods.

Aspects of UAE – Israeli cyber intelligence cooperation that remain in the ‘strictly covert, neither confirm nor deny’ category include programs that enable the UAE to track, intercept and disrupt the communications of dissidents and critics of the regime, and the establishment or expansion of Israeli intelligence facilities at UAE military and intelligence installations at its military outposts in other countries and occupied areas, such as Socotra Island in Yemen and other areas controlled by the Southern Transition Council, which receives substantial financial, military and technical support from the UAE and grants access to Yemeni territory and infrastructure in return.

In August Almasirah noted that the UAE and Israel already had extensive cooperative relations in cyber security.

Once again, media outlets reported on the Israeli enemy cooperation with Gulf countries in the field of espionage and the sale of special capabilities and expertise that will help Gulf governments track down dissidents. The Israeli NSO company is also mentioned in a very important and sensitive topic related to its advanced spyware, “Pegasus”, which enables penetration of mobile phones.

This time, the Hebrew newspaper, Haaretz, discussed the issue of Israeli-Gulf cooperation in terms of espionage, stating that the NSO company recently sold programs to opponents like the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries. According to what the newspaper on Sunday, deals, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were carried out through official mediation.

The article states of NSO, the electronic technology and intelligence company at the centre of the deal:

At the top of its services are to spy on and penetrate mobile phones, and to steal their data. It is founded in 2010 by Neve Carmi, Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio, and has about 500 employees at its headquarters in “Herzliya” near Tel Aviv. Its annual revenue reached about $ 40 million in 2013 and increased to $ 150 million by 2015. In June 2017, its owner, Francisco Partners Management, put it for sale for one billion dollars and the deal was completed in 2019.

Its services are all over the world and deals with many governments, but its name has been associated with countries accused of widespread human rights violations, such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain…

New York Times reported that UAE bought programs that helped it eavesdrop on the leaders of neighboring countries and the editor of an Arab newspaper in the British capital. The Israeli government treats its products like any arms exporting company. It requires it to obtain a permit from the Ministry of Defence (the Ministry of War) to export any of its products abroad.

The company claims to provide technology support to the world’s governments in order to help them fight terrorism and crime. However, international human rights organizations accuse it of designing and developing programs used in hacking and espionage operations against human rights activists and journalists in many countries.

The Saudis have also been reported to be benefitting from Israeli ‘cyber-security’ expertise under their ‘alternative normalization’ strategy, maintaining cooperation at different levels of military, intelligence and commercial activities whilst categorically denying that this is happening. As early as 2018 Mintpress News cited numerous news reports that the Saudis had purchased a $250 million package of ‘cyber-security’ espionage software and equipment.

Saudi Arabia has inked a deal worth $250 million in advanced espionage technologies with Israel after a series of backroom meetings, according to a recent report from Emirati outlet Al-Khaleej.

This revelation highlights the Kingdom’s increasingly aggressive spy apparatus under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) — used to heighten attacks on journalists and dissidents living abroad, as evidenced by the recent killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The exclusive report, obtained by the Jerusalem Post, claims that Saudi and Israeli officials held a series of secret meetings in Washington and London with the assistance of a European mediator.

The tech package includes the “most sophisticated systems” Israel has ever sold to any Arab country. The purchase also includes Israeli-led training for Saudi technicians operating the new systems. Saudi Arabia has already put most of the new espionage technology into use.

The report states that the two countries also exchanged strategic military information and plan to expand their military cooperation in the future. The relationship between Riyadh and Tel Aviv has blossomed over the past year as the two countries have openly joined forces against a shared enemy, Iran.

It is unlikely that the Saudis or Israel will acknowledge much less actively publicize and promote such areas of cooperation, even if they should take the step of normalizing their relations with a formal deal.

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Jens Holm

NIce even a little strange too.

shylockracy

For an ignorant fucktard trollbot like yourself, yes.

Jens Holm

I am not alone. Millions are clapping in their little hands.

Free man

Why strange?
People want peace. People will always want to protect themselves from bullies who threaten them.
All thanks to the stupid mullahs regime.

occupybacon

Trump should recive Nobel prize for this.

Paul

Love israel but I would never trust the Arab assholes.

Fog of War

Too bad they despise you.

shylockracy

Their relationship isn’t “new” at all, both ISISrael and UEA are Ziocorporate terrorist abortions of the British globalist imperial overclass; the terrorist Ziojew filth was bombing Iraq from Saudi airspace 40 yrs ago and all Sunni ISlamist scum from GCC host US, British or French forces. They just went public like LGBT partners ditching any previous pretense that they weren’t. ISISrael´s “objections” to UAE getting the F35 most likely mean UAE is gonna get F35 to threaten Iran.

Potato Man

We all know…this BS was happening between Wahhabi States and Zion State.
I tell you one thing- Do you guys remember when they “Signed” that “Peace deal”/ “normalization agreement” in US. What the fuk was wrong with the Bahraini guy?

BTW “The Jerusalem Post ” I fuking trust Trump or Fox news more then fuking Nazi-Zion papers.
Al-Qaeda News sorry Al-Jazeera news is the same, when it come to KSA they fuking claim BS, just like how Zion Post does when it comes to Iran.

Remember when “Someone” reported Iran was going to assassinate US ambassador to south africa?
Look at the headlines:
US- Politico News
Officials: Iran weighing plot to kill US ambassador to South Africa
Zion- time of Israel news
Iran said plotting to assassinate US envoy to South Africa
The fuking Zion News are fuking funny. “Iran said” LMFAO They are Zion after all, they still can’t change their bad habits. LOL

Do you know why Zion claim and made up that BS?
Lana Marks:

Early life and education. Lana Bank was born in East London, South Africa. Her father, Alec Bank, had immigrated from Lithuania as a child; he was an affluent property developer and a leader in the Jewish community.

Ofc she got the job under Trump….Trump love Zion
BTW read the comment under this useless “report”. LMFAO
https://www.sajr.co.za/news-and-articles/2019/11/14/first-jewish-south-african-born-us-ambassador-designate-has-arrived

verner

once the jews start hopping around the uae in a spirit of cooperation, you can see the beginning of the jews taking over the uae landmass, step by step, like in palestine. it’s a fact of life that give a jew a hand he will soon possess your arm and the rest will follow. the arabs in uae are just to dumb to see the threat and egged on by serious criminal jared kushner’s stick and carrot negotiating tactics, will soon be serfs to the jews.

Fog of War

” the arabs in uae are just to dumb to see the threat ”

Even after living around them for hundreds of years. Arabs will never learn it seems.

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We are going to have a very good cooperation with the UAE and Bahrain, let SF guys here cry and rage :)

Free man

” let SF guys here cry and rage ” – LOL.
lone zionist ranger

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