Russia and Israel are in conflict

The script is taken seriously. At the behest of Prime Minister Yair Lapid, the Shin Bet, the internal security service, quietly informed Moscow that Israel would not tolerate any Russian interference in the election process, Israeli media reported. A more clear warning was already issued in January 2019 on the eve of the previous election when the head of the Shin Bet, Nadav Argaman, claimed himself “100% sure a foreign country will interfere in the next election and I know what I’m talking about”. Wanting to be reassured, he pointed to Israel and its intelligence services at that time “Having tools and capabilities to detect, control and prevent” This interferes.

Israel is effectively considered one of the five world superpowers on the cyber security front thanks in particular to its expertise in “firewall” or shield technology, in other words hardware and software designed to filter data entering or leaving computer networks. However, nothing says that government services and Russian hackers, more or less connected to the authorities, have not increased their effectiveness. They can cause computer failures when counting votes, falsify results, create fake profiles on social networks fake news And thus tries to influence voters. Objective: To destabilize institutions as much as possible.

credible threat

These threats are all the more credible as relations between the two countries have suddenly cooled. In the run-up to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Israel engaged in a difficult balancing act by refusing to outright condemn Moscow so as not to anger Vladimir Putin. The Jewish state has refused to supply weapons to the Ukrainians, particularly the “Iron Dome” type anti-missile batteries, which proved their worth again on the ground in the Gaza Strip in August during clashes with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. But under American pressure, and after a rapprochement between Russia and Iran, the Jewish state’s number one enemy, the reports began to turn sour.

Russian authorities thus seek to ban the activities of the Jewish Agency, a government agency responsible for promoting and facilitating immigration to Israel among the 150,000 Russian Jews. Israeli officials have condemned the plan and indicated they may take countermeasures. These include the possible closure and a postponement of the Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv Indefinitely Transfer of ownership to Russia of the Alexander Nevsky Church, located in the vicinity of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City. Benjamin Netanyahu promised to hand over the keys to Moscow two years ago. But Yar Lapid doesn’t seem to be in a rush to make such a “gift” to Vladimir Putin.

Fever on the Syrian front

The fever is also rising on the Syrian front. Israel did not hesitate to attack a base controlled by pro-Iranian militias near Tartus on Sunday. A risky operation. It happened in the area of ​​the main Russian naval base in the Mediterranean. Until now, the Russians have turned a blind eye to hundreds of Israeli operations in Syria against Iran and its allies, such as the Lebanese Hezbollah. But Moscow may one day decide to use its S-400 type air defense system deployed especially around Tartus to prevent the freedom of maneuver that Israel has claimed for itself in airspace over Syria and Lebanon.

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Relations between Moscow and Tehran, which last week resulted in the Russian launch of an Iranian satellite equipped with a very high-resolution camera, have raised some alarm in Israel. This machine and three other Iranian satellites, which must be put into orbit later, will be used for intelligence operations so that the Revolutionary Guard can keep an eye on Israel more effectively.

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