07 Jan 2022

Israel rolls out Pfizer covid pill, using digital health records to identify those most at risk

Israel has begun rolling out a newly approved Pfizer drug, Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral pill. Israel is using digital health records kept on almost every citizen to identify those who are at high risk from COVID-19 and are most likely to benefit from the treatment before they become seriously ill. Israel

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30 Dec 2021

Thousands of cranes killed by bird flu in ‘worst blow to wildlife’ in Israel’s history

An outbreak of avian flu has resulted in the death of more than 5,000 migratory cranes in Israel. The bird flu outbreak has prompted authorities to declare a popular nature reserve off-limits to visitors to encourage the cranes to seek refuge undisturbed. Officials also warned of a possible egg shortage

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29 Dec 2021

Syria Accuses Israel of Striking Its Main Commercial Port

The Syrian Defense Ministry has reported that Israeli missiles struck Syria’s port of Latakia on Tuesday, resulting in major damage and large fires. This marks the second such attack on the facility in December alone. The missiles were reportedly fired from the Mediterranean and targeted the commercial port’s container yard.

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29 Dec 2021

Israel announces plan to double Golan Heights population, drawing condemnation from Syria

Last Sunday, Israel announced plans to double the population of the Golan Heights area over the next several years. The area is highly contested and the decision drew criticism from the Syrian government. The announcement was made at a special Cabinet meeting held in Golan Heights. Prime Minister Naftali Bannett

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02 Dec 2021

Iran-Israel Cyber Conflict Shows Leadership Needed to Curb Critical and Civilian Infrastructure Targeting

Over the course of several months, Israel is suspected of perpetrating several attacks that have disrupted key services in Iran. Not one to play victim, Iran has been retaliating in its own way, targeting Israeli targets as well. While the two countries have engaged one another covertly in most domains (air, land, sea, and cyberspace), for the past year both have appeared to move away from traditional symbols of state power such as military sites, individuals of interest, or government facilities, to civilian infrastructure. The intent of these attacks is quite clear: to inflict pain on the civilian communities in their respective countries in a show that neither government can protect them.

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29 Nov 2021

Hamas gunman kills one Israeli, injures four others, in Jerusalem attack; police shoot dead assailant

26-year-old assailant has been shot dead after conducting a shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Old City. The attack left one dead, a recent immigrant from South Africa who worked as a guide at the Western Wall. Four other people were injured during the incident and remain in serious condition. The shooting

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29 Nov 2021

Israel Blamed for Crippling Attack on Iranian Gas Stations

Last month, Iran suffered from a cyberattack that heavily impacted its gas stations. It has since been determined that Israeli operatives were responsible for the attack, increasing the already-heavy tension between the Middle East rivals. Two US defense officials attributed the attacks to Israeli forces, according to media reports. The

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11 Nov 2021

Phones of Palestinian NGO workers infected with Pegasus spyware, rights groups say

Phones belonging to six activists working for Palestinian NGOs were hacked with the controversial Pegasus spyware, according to human rights groups. The spyware is produced by Israeli technology firm NSO Group. The organization, Dublin-based rights group Front Line Defenders (FLD), claims that it investigated devices last month after it was

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09 Nov 2021

U.S. Tests Israel’s Iron Dome in Guam as Defense Against Chinese Cruise Missiles

Israel has used advanced technology called the Iron Dome missile defense system to intercept thousands of Palestinian rockets and mortars. The dome defense system is now being tested by the US in Guam, aiming to increase defenses against Chinese ballistic missiles. The dome can only protect against limited types of

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05 Nov 2021

US Blacklists Pegasus Spyware Maker

The US has blacklisted NSO Group, the company behind the harmful and invasive Pegasus spyware. Pegasus has been linked to cyberattacks against dissents, activists, and NGOs. The notorious, military-grade software has been banned in the US and NSO Group has been added to the US Commerce Department’s “Entity List” on

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