“Gentlemen! Our economic structure on the virtual network platform has collapsed. Where is our cybernetic defense? “asks an Israeli daily newspaper.
The Israeli business daily The Marker has published a detailed analytical report on the flaws in Israel’s cyber defense.
“We have a cyber defense structure that is directly linked to the Prime Minister’s office, which has a large budget and luxurious offices. But Israel’s economic structures still don’t know why their electronic platforms have been regularly disrupted by cyber attacks and why their Internet networks are threatened by so many ransom demands,” said The Marker.
The author of the article also acknowledges that cyber attacks against Israel have so far claimed dozens of victims and caused countless damages.
“Millions of dollars have so far been secretly paid to hackers while the damage to Israel’s cyber structure is irreparable,” adds The Marker.
“While we signed a contract for the sale of sensitive chips with Intel, a little further away from this factory, the Shirbit insurance company lost large sums of its capital due to a cyber attack. What is clear is that our official cyber defense system has serious problems and cannot stand up to hackers. Our cyber defense system is in such disarray that it is desperately looking for a cure instead of a precautionary method. The recent wave of cyber attacks highlights the ineffectiveness of our cyber defense system,” says the economic journal.
In the wake, Israeli TV Channel 12 reported on the depth and intensity of the cyber attacks Israel has suffered over the past two months. It reported that the number of cyber attacks against Israel had increased by 30% in 2020 compared to the previous year.
According to Channel 12, “at least 5,000 cases of hacking and information theft have been reported and 1,400 sites have been completely destroyed in 2020”.
In addition, Gadi Eizenkot, former Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, said in an article published Thursday by Yediot Aharonot, that Israel was experiencing a critical situation.
“Alongside foreign threats, we are also facing a very dangerous political crisis. No one has more confidence in our political system and the division is tipping Israeli society towards collapse,” said the retired general.
He went on to acknowledge that the coronavirus crisis had inflicted irreparable damage on the Israeli economy.
“The coronavirus crisis quickly turned into a deep economic crisis from which it will take years to emerge,” wrote Gadi Eizenkot, adding that Israel was suffering from many security challenges. “Political groups remain divided and we are not able to form a stable cabinet. This is the danger that most threatens Israel,” he concluded.
Three days ago the Sudanese Minister of Information said: “Peace with Israel is an illusion. “This word seems to have struck the spirit of the court in Morocco, which less than a month after Trump’s tweet began to realize the trap set for the Kingdom by a U.S./Israel axis that seeks above all not peace but eternal war in the Maghreb.
The newspaper Haaretz reported that Moroccan officials have decided to postpone the normalization of relations with Israel until the position of the next U.S. president on certain issues becomes clearer.
Diplomatic sources in Tel Aviv revealed that Morocco was moving rather slowly in its relations with Israel, waiting to hear the position of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the commitments of outgoing President Donald Trump to Morocco, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper wrote.
According to statements reported by Haaretz yesterday, Thursday, Rabat does not intend to announce full diplomatic relations, for the time being, and is content to open liaison offices in both capitals. “Morocco is not interested in signing an agreement to open two liaison offices in a festive ceremony, as happened in the agreements between Israel and other Arab countries,” Haaretz wrote.
The reason is that he is waiting for President Biden’s inauguration to give his opinion on Trump’s commitments, particularly the recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, which is disputed with the Popular Front for Liberation (Polisario). He also wishes to know Biden’s position towards the Palestinian cause, which King Mohammed VI considers an indispensable national and moral commitment.
A Moroccan technical delegation visited Israel this week and inspected the former headquarters of the liaison office in Tel Aviv, which Morocco acquired in 1995 and closed in 2000, and decided to recommend to the government in Rabat to use it again. Next month, an official delegation from Morocco will arrive to sign an agreement between the two parties to open two liaison offices and operate direct flights between them.
According to Israeli sources, the signing will take place in a modest ceremony. There is a Moroccan objection to the use of the word “normalization,” given that normalization relations have existed in recent years. This level of relations will suffice until President Biden’s positions are clear.
Other sources in Tel Aviv said that Biden’s team would not be in a hurry to announce its position on Moroccan expectations, which would be most disturbing at the Rabat point. The Israeli position is no less disturbing, denying the Palestinian question and focusing on plans for the Judaization of occupied East Qods and settlement in the West Bank.
It is expected that next month, direct flights between Israel and Morocco will begin. It should be noted that Morocco, Israel and the United States signed a joint tripartite declaration in the capital, Rabat, earlier in December regarding the normalization of relations between Rabat and Tel Aviv.
Morocco became the fourth country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan last year.
by Basit Abbasi – YN