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July 25, 2016




In a Rare Jerusalem Visit, Saudi Ex-General Meets Israeli Officials

By United with Israel & Israel Hayom


In what appears to be a new era in relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors, a former Saudi military general visited Israel and met with senior Israeli officials. Former Saudi general Anwar Eshki visited Jerusalem last week and met with Israeli officials, including Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold. The meeting marks a rare public engagement between countries that have no official relations. Eshki also reportedly met with members of Knesset from several political parties.


Eshki currently heads a Saudi think tank in Jeddah but is believed to have close ties with the kingdom’s rulers. Official government permission was likely necessary for him to make such an overt visit. He has met with Israelis in the past and has given interviews to the Israeli media.


Saudi Arabia has floated a plan for a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbors. It has unofficially grown closer to Israel in recent years over their shared concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program, its growing influence in the Middle East and the advent of Islamic terror. Over the past months there have been several reports of secret ties between Israel and several Sunni Muslim countries in the Gulf, and chiefly Saudi Arabia, which leads them.


In an interview with Army Radio on Sunday, Eshki remarked that Israel would be unable to foster relations with any of the Persian Gulf states before signing a permanent agreement with the Palestinians. "There will not be any kind of peace with Arab states first," he concluded. "First there must be peace with the Palestinian brothers. If the Arab peace initiative is implemented, the Saudi kingdom and other Arab nations would normalize relations with Israel."


Eshki further accused Iran of being a key source of strife in the region, saying, "The Iranian government has greedy aspirations." Iran, he remarked, "wants to dominate the Middle East all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. That is why [Iran] instigates terrorism, and it has to stop. We are not enemies of Iran, but of the Iranian regime, which seeks to intervene in the affairs of the peoples of the region."


Asked whether there was any secret diplomacy underway between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Eshki replied: "As far as I know there is no cooperation between the Saudi kingdom and Israel on the topic of combating terrorism. They share a common viewpoint, but differ on the solution. It is true that Israel is fighting terrorism, but we want it to put an end to the reasons that gave rise to this terrorism -- the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We have had enough of bloodshed and war."


He then clarified that "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the source of terrorism, but it generates fertile ground for such conflicts in the region. Nations, mainly Iran, use the Palestinian problem as currency. If the Palestinian problem is resolved, Iran will have nothing to trade on."


The Saudi official went on to say that the people of Saudi Arabia are interested in contact with Israel. "The Saudi people want peace. If certain rights are restored, I am sure that the Saudis and other Arab nations will be satisfied, and peace and normalization will become a reality."


Wikileaks: Saudi Students' Visit to Israeli Embassy Worries Riyadh

By Israel Hayom


Saudi Arabia is extremely concerned over the dozens of Saudi students who reportedly visited the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Wikileaks documents published this weekend claim.


In one leaked source dated August 14, 2008 and marked "urgent, classified," the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh notified the Saudi embassy in Washington that several dozen students from Gulf states were visiting Israeli embassies as part of an international leadership program. The document claimed that the students who had visited the Israeli Embassy had "heard a diplomatic briefing, asked questions and even had their picture taken." The Foreign Ministry asked its embassies to provide updates on the situation.


Beyond the concern over Saudi students coming into contact with Israeli officials, the 60,000 documents exposed on Saturday focus on Saudi concerns over Iran and its influence in the Middle East.


An undated memo apparently sent from the Saudi Embassy in Tehran made note of what it called the "frustration of the Iranian citizen and his strong desire for regime change" and suggested ways to publicly expose Iran's social grievances through "the Internet, social media, like Facebook and Twitter." It also suggests "hosting opposition figures overseas, coordinating with them and encouraging them to use galleries to show pictures of torture carried by the Iranian regime against people."


The Saudis also kept a watchful eye on Iran's friends, real or perceived. One 2012 memo warned that Iran was getting "flirting American messages," suggesting that the U.S. had no objections to a peaceful Iranian nuclear program so long as it had guarantees, "possibly Russian ones."


Another memo, dated to 2012, accuses the United Arab Emirates of helping Russia and Iran circumvent international sanctions. A third memo -- marked "top secret" -- alleges that Iranian fighter jets bombed South Sudanese forces during a 2012 standoff over the oil-rich area of Heglig.


The Iranian Embassy in London did not immediately answer a request for comment Saturday. There are many such hard-to-confirm stories in the Saudi documents.


One of the most inflammatory memos carries the claim that Gulf countries were prepared to pay $10 billion to secure the freedom of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The memo, written on a letterhead bearing only a single palm tree and crossed blades above the words "top secret," quotes an unnamed Egyptian official as saying that the Muslim Brotherhood would agree to release Mubarak in exchange for the cash, "since the Egyptian people will not benefit from his imprisonment."


Although the document is undated, the political situation it describes suggests it was drafted in 2012, when the Brotherhood appeared poised to take power. Senior Brotherhood official Mohammed Morsi served as Egypt's first freely elected president from June 2012 to July 2013 before being ousted by the military. It is not clear if the idea of paying the Brotherhood to secure Mubarak's release ever coalesced into a firm offer. A handwritten note at the top left of the document says the ransom "is not a good idea."


"Even if it is paid the Muslim Brotherhood will not be able to do anything regarding releasing Mubarak," the note's unknown author writes. "It seems there are no alternatives for the president but to enter prison."


Be'er Sheva: Israel’s New Cybersecurity Hub

By Yoni Shohet (Commentary)


Jerusalem and Tel Aviv may be the most well known Israeli cities, but a new one is quickly gaining international acclaim. An ancient-made-modern city in southern Israel, Be’er Sheva, has become the center of Start-Up Nation’s quickly growing cybersecurity arm.


A major push by the government and private sector has transformed the desert town into a high-tech center with a special emphasis on cybersecurity. Dozens of startups have joined multinationals such as EMC/RSA, Lockheed-Martin (LM), and others in opening R&D labs there, and they have drawn in impressive talent. The result, to date, is a budding ecosystem of bright minds, dedicated to a common goal of developing world-class cybersecurity technology.


Dubbed the “Capital of the Negev Desert,” Be’er Sheva had been locally known as a dusty pit stop between Tel Aviv and tourist destinations in the south of Israel. However, that’s no longer the case. Low real estate prices and new transportation options, including advancements to railway and highway systems, are facilitating a southbound migration.


Making the move are ordinary Israelis and tech gurus, as well as some government offices and parts of the Israeli Army (IDF). And then there is Ben Gurion University (BGU), which offers Israel’s top graduate program in cybersecurity. Housing its own cybersecurity research institute, BGU has emerged as a top Israeli center for engineering, sciences, computers, and technology. With this mix of people, energy, facilities, and resources in place, sooner or later, something was going to spark a cyber-tech revolution.


That spark was lit in 2013, with the opening of the Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park, a billion dollar facility, funded mostly by the Israeli government and Ben Gurion University. Almost immediately, companies large and small – many of them in the cybersecurity space – established themselves in the new innovation center, even when it was still in the planning stages. Among the first to head south was EMC/RSA. In 2014, the company signed a deal with US defense firm Lockheed Martin and BGU to seek out promising Israeli cybersecurity startups and help them develop their technologies into commercial products.


Other multinationals that have opened R&D labs and facilities in Be’er Sheva include Deutsche Telekom (which established its Israeli T-Labs branch in Be’er Sheva to collaborate with BGU), Mellanox, and IBM. Several incubators have sprung up at the site as well, including one run by Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), Israel’s largest and best performing venture capital firm, which is also the most active investor in early stage Israeli cybersecurity startups. For these reasons, there are dozens of startups, which now call Be’er Sheva home, including many cybersecurity firms. This swarm of startups also led coworking-space operator WeWork to choose Be’er Sheva as its third location in Israel.


When my cofounder and I created our own startup, SCADAfence, we were drawn to Be’er Sheva’s community. Together we have succeeded in creating a sense of synergy in our blooming cybersecurity hub. Worth noting in the mix are MorphiSec and Secret Double Octopus, which were founded based on BGU research, and also Coronet and SecBI. Be’er Sheva’s best known and most successful startup so far, CyActive, is no longer a startup.


In 2015, PayPal acquired the barely 18-month-old company for an estimated price of more than $60 million. The company now serves as PayPal’s global cybersecurity R&D center, making PayPal the latest multinational to call Be’er Sheva its Israeli cybersecurity home.


There is much to be impressed by in Be’er Sheva: the facilities, the people, and the companies. However, what has made Be’er Sheva special for us is the ecosystem of camaraderie and altruism. Unlike almost any other community I have seen, the people and companies in Be’er Sheva seek to actively make each other successful. We introduce each other to investors, share time with visiting delegations, collaborate on go-to-market opportunities, and offer constructive critiques of each other’s ideas.


The government has continued to invest here — the prime minister regularly visits and has made clear that the technology sector has the government’s backing. Additionally, plans have been set for many of the IDF’s technology units, including the famous Unit 8200 intelligence corps and its cybersecurity arm, to relocate to Be’er Sheva in the coming years. When people are here for their army service, they will find themselves surrounded by army intelligence alumni and a world of opportunity to leverage their skills from the army into a professional career. They will also easily transition from teamwork in the army to the strong culture of collaboration we have developed in Be’er Sheva.


(Yoni Shohet is CEO of SCADAfence)


Pollard Appeals Terms of Release



Jonathan Pollard is appealing a New York Federal Court to remove the limitations that were imposed on him upon his release from prison. In a hearing Friday, Pollard's attorney Elliot Lauer told the court that his client is prevented from finding work with an investment firm because the terms of his release include the requirement that his computer be monitored by US intelligence agencies.


Pollard is also required to wear a tracking bracelet so as to prevent him from divulging state secrets he may have been exposed to in his work for the US Navy three decades ago. His lawyer claimed that this stipulation is preposterous as no one can remember details for that long and any information Pollard might have would be completely irrelevant after all this time anyway.


The Attorney for the prosecution read a statement by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to the effect that much of the documents Pollard was exposed to are still classified as "Secret" or "Top Secret." The judge announced that she intends to make a ruling within four weeks, as reported by Kol Israel.



Police Detain Girl, 16, for Online Wish to Become a 'Shahid'

By Reuters


A 16-year-old girl was arrested near Nazareth last week, after publishing a post on Facebook that read: "I want to be a shahid [martyr] and for my mother to cry over me."


The girl was brought before a judge on Friday, when police motioned the court to remand her pending the investigation's conclusion. The police unit investigating the case issued a statement saying, "We discovered a young girl's post, which could be interpreted as intent to carry out hostile terrorist activity, and we immediately located her. Luckily, it ended without any injuries, and no harm came to the girl, herself."





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 Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost

By Don Canaan (Commentary)

This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.

Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.

Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.

Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.

Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.

The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.

Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."

April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.

That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.

Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."

The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.



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