Top U.S. tech business have been filling executive positions with previous members of Israeli military intelligence, in addition to operatives from Israeli companies understood to have spied on American people, companies, and the federal government. According to leaked United States federal government documents, Israel is a leading espionage hazard.
Nonetheless, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Intel likewise have actually sent tactical and critical operations, billions in investments, and thousands of tasks to Israel. They then purchase Israeli start-ups, and have a vested interest in Israel’s regional economy, eventually making it boycott-proof.
Billionaire American Paul Singer and his nonprofit Start-Up Nation Central (SUNC) are behind the Netanyahu-inspired motion, which has seen tens of thousands of layoffs in the US as brand-new tasks are developed in Israel.
by Whitney Webb, reposted from WRMEA, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
With nearly 6 million Americans unemployed, and regular bouts of layoffs in the U.S. tech market, significant American tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Intel Corporation are nonetheless moving key operations, billions in investments, and countless jobs to Israel– a pattern that has actually mainly left media attention or issue from even “America initially” politicians.
The truth that this enormous transfer of financial investment and tasks has been so ignored is particularly striking considered that it is mainly the work of a single leading neoconservative Republican donor who has actually given millions of dollars to President Donald Trump.
Many of the leading tech business continue to move investment and tasks to Israel at record rates even as they collect substantial U.S. government aids for their operations while they move important aspects of their service abroad. The pattern is especially troubling in light of the importance of the tech sector to the overall U.S. economy, as it accounts for 7.1 percent of total GDP and 11.6 percent of total private-sector payroll.
Numerous of these companies are hiring, as top managers and executives, the members of questionable Israeli companies understood to have spied on American people, U.S. business, and U.S. federal companies, as well as numerous members of Israeli military intelligence.
[Editor’s note: Company Insider reported in 2016
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Intel are among more than 300 multinationals that have actually opened research-and-development centers in [Israel], which is house to simply 9 million people … Google now employs more than 600 [Israeli] engineers. Intel [is] among the biggest companies in Israel, with 11,000 workers across the country … Microsoft had grown its R&D group in Israel to about 1,000 individuals; [Apple has] 800 employees [in Israel]]
This huge transfer of the American tech industry has mainly been the work of one leading Republican donor– billionaire hedge fund supervisor Paul Singer– who likewise moneys the neoconservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Islamophobic and hawkish think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), the Republican Jewish Union (RJC), and also funded the now-defunct Diplomacy Initiative (FPI).
Vocalist’s project to bolster Israel’s tech economy at American expense is known as “Start-Up Nation Central,” which he established in response to the worldwide Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that looks for to utilize nonviolent ways to press Israel to adhere to global law in its treatment of Palestinians.
This task is directly connected to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who in current years has actually publicly pointed out that it has actually been his “purposeful policy” to have former members of Israel’s “military and intelligence units … merge into business with local partners and foreign partners” in order to make it all however impossible for significant corporations and foreign governments to boycott Israel.
Vocalist’s nonprofit organization has actually functioned as the car through which Netanyahu’s policy has been understood, by means of the group’s close connections to the Israeli PM and Vocalist’s long-time support for Netanyahu and the Likud Celebration. With deep ties to Netanyahu, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and controversial tech business– like Amdocs– that spied on the American federal government, this Singer-funded organization has formed a nexus of connections between the public and personal sectors of both the American and Israeli economies with the single objective of making Israel the new innovation superpower, mainly at the expense of the American economy and the U.S. federal government, which currently offers $3.8 billion in annual help to Israel.
LOOKED INTO AND DEVELOPED IN ISRAEL
In current years, the top U.S. tech companies have actually been shifting a number of their most crucial operations, particularly research study and development, to one country: Israel. A 2016 report in Company Expert noted that Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple had all opened research and development (R&D) centers in current years, with some of them having as many as three such centers in Israel, a country roughly the size of New Jersey. Other major tech companies that have actually likewise opened crucial operation and proving ground in Israel include SanDisk, Nvidia, PayPal, Palantir and Dell. Forbeskept in mind last year that the world’s top 10 tech companies were now “doing mission-critical work in Israel that’s core to their companies back at HQ.”
Some of these tech giants, particularly those based in the United States, are greatly investing in their Israeli branches. Intel Corporation, which is the world’s second biggest producer of semiconductor computer chips and is headquartered in California, has actually long been a significant company in Israel, with over 10,000 workers in the Zionist state. Previously this year, Intel revealed that it would be investing $11 billion in a new factory in Israel and would receive around $1 billion in an Israeli federal government grant for that investment. Simply a matter of months after Intel revealed its major new investment in Israel, it announced a brand-new round of layoffs in the United States.
Yet this is simply one current example of what has actually become a trend for Intel. In 2018, Intel made public its plan to invest $5 billion in one of its Israeli factories and had actually invested an additional $15 billion in Israeli-created self-governing driving technology a year prior, producing thousands of Intel jobs in Israel. Especially, over a similar time frame, Intel has cut nearly 12,000 jobs in the United States. While this fantastic transfer of investment and jobs was undermining the U.S. economy and hurting American workers, especially in the tech sector, Intel got over $25 million dollars in aids from the U.S. government.
A comparable phenomenon has been happening at another U.S.-based tech giant, Microsoft. Beginning in 2014 and continuing into 2018, Microsoft laid off well over 20,000 employees, the majority of them Americans, in a number of various rounds of personnel cuts. Over that exact same period, Microsoft has actually been on a hiring spree in Israel, developing new campuses and investing billions of dollars annually in its Israel-based research study and development center and in other Israeli start-up business, creating thousands of tasks abroad. In addition, Microsoft has actually been pumping millions of dollars into technology programs at Israeli universities and institutes, such as the Technion Institute. Over this same time frame, Microsoft has received almost $197 million in subsidies from the state governments of Washington, Iowa and Virginia.
Israeli political leaders and tech company executives have actually associated this remarkable shift to Israel’s tech prowess and growing credibility as a technological innovation hub, obscuring Singer’s effort in concert with Netanyahu to counter a worldwide motion targeted at boycotting Israel and to make Israel an international “cyber power.”
START-UP COUNTRY CENTRAL AND THE NEOCONS
In 2009, a book entitled Launch Country: The Story of Israel’s Economic Wonder, written by American neoconservative Dan Senor and Jerusalem Postjournalist Saul Singer (unrelated to Paul), rapidly increased to the New York Timesbestseller list for its depiction of Israel as the tech start-up capital of the world. The book– released by the Council on Foreign Relations, where Senor was then serving as adjunct senior fellow– asserts that Israel’s success in producing so numerous start-up companies arised from the mix of its liberal migration laws and its “leverage of business skills of young individuals with military experience.”
In a post-publication interview with the blog site Freakonomics, Senor asserted that service in the Israeli military was important to Israel’s tech sector success. “Certain units have become innovation bootcamp, where 18- to 22-year-olds get thrown projects and missions that would make the heads spin of their counterparts in universities or the personal sector anywhere else worldwide,” wrote Senor and Vocalist. “The Israelis come out of the military not simply with hands-on exposure to next-gen innovation, however with training in teamwork, mission orientation, management, and a desire to continue serving their country by adding to its tech sector– a source of pride for simply about every Israeli.”
The book, in addition to the numerous honors it received from the traditional press, left an enduring effect on leading Republican donor Paul Singer, understood for moneying the most prominent neoconservative think tanks in America, as noted above. Paul Vocalist was so motivated by Senor and Vocalist’s book that he decided to invest $20 million to fund and create a company with a comparable name. He developed Start-Up Nation Central (SUNC) a number of years after the book’s release in 2009.
To accomplish his vision, Singer– who is likewise a top donor to the Republican Party and Trump– tapped Israeli financial expert Eugene Kandel, who served as Netanyahu’s national economic consultant and chaired the Israeli National Economic Council from 2009 to 2015.
Senor was likely directly associated with the development of SUNC, as he was then utilized by Paul Vocalist and, with neoconservatives Expense Kristol and Robert Kagan, co-founded the FPI. In addition, Dan Senor’s sister, Wendy Vocalist (unassociated to either Paul or Saul), long-time director of Israel’s AIPAC office, became the company’s executive director.
SUNC’s management team, in addition to Eugene Kandel and Wendy Vocalist, consists of Person Hilton as the company’s general manager. Hilton is a veteran marketing executive at Israeli telecoms business Amdocs and is credited with having actually “changed” the company’s marketing organization. Amdocs was as soon as highly controversial in the United States after it was revealed by a 2001 Fox News examination that various federal companies had investigated the business, which then had agreements with the 25 biggest telephone business in the nation, for its alleged function in an aggressive espionage operation that targeted the U.S. federal government. Hilton operated at Microsoft prior to signing up with Amdocs.
Beyond the management group, SUNC’s board of directors consists of Paul Vocalist, Dan Senor and Terry Kassel– who work for Vocalist at his hedge fund, Elliott Management– and Raphael Ouzan. An officer in the elite foreign military intelligence unit of Israel, Unit 8200, Ouzan co-founded BillGuard the day after he left that system, which is often compared to the U.S. National Security Firm (NSA). Within five months of its founding, BillGuard was backed by funding from PayPal creator Peter Thiel and previous CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt. Ouzan is also linked to U.S. tech companies that have greatly expanded their Israeli branches because SUNC’s starting– such as Microsoft, Google, PayPal and Intel, all of which support Ouzan’s non-profit Israel Tech Obstacle.
According to reports from the time published in Haaretz and Bloomberg, SUNC was clearly founded to act as “a foreign ministry for Israel’s tech market” and “to strength Israel’s economy” while likewise intending to counter the BDS movement, in addition to the development of prohibited Jewish-only settlements in occupied Palestinian area.
Given that its founding, SUNC has looked for to transfer tech tasks from foreign companies to Israel by developing connections and influence with foreign governments and companies so that they “deepen their relationship with Israel’s tech market.” Although SUNC has actually since broadened to consist of other sectors of the Israeli “start-up” economy, its focus has long remained on Israel’s tech, specifically its cybersecurity industry. Foreign investment in this single Israeli industry has grown from $227 million in 2014 to $815 million in 2017.
In addition to its own activities, SUNC seems closely connected to a similar organization, sponsored by Coca-Cola and Daimler Mercedes-Benz, called The Bridge, which likewise looks for to connect Israeli start-up companies with large international corporations. SUNC, according to its site, was really responsible for Daimler Mercedes Benz’s choice to join The Bridge, thanks to a delegation from the business that SUNC hosted in Israel and the connections made throughout that see.
PARTNERING WITH ISRAEL’S SYSTEM 8200
Significantly, SUNC has deep ties to Israel’s military intelligence Unit 8200 and, true to Start-Up Country’s appreciation of IDF service as key to Israel’s success, has actually contributed in connecting Unit 8200 alumni with essential roles in foreign business, especially American tech business. Maty Zwaig, a former lieutenant colonel in System 8200, is SUNC’s current director of human capital programs, and SUNC’s present supervisor of strategic programs, Tamar Weiss, is likewise a previous member of the unit.
One particularly glaring connection in between SUNC and System 8200 is Inbal Arieli, who served as SUNC’s vice president of tactical partnerships from 2014 to 2017 and continues to function as a senior consultant to the company. A former lieutenant in Unit 8200, Arieli is the founder and head of the 8200 Entrepreneurship and Development Assistance Program (EISP), which was the very first start-up accelerator in Israel targeted at harnessing “the huge network and entrepreneurial DNA of [Unit] 8200 alumni” and is presently among the top company accelerators in Israel. Arieli was the magnate at 8200 EISP while working at SUNC.
Another crucial connection in between SUNC and Unit 8200 is SUNC’s promo of Team8, a company-creation platform whose CEO and co-founder is Nadav Zafrir, previous leader of Unit 8200. In addition to plainly including Team8 and Zafrir on the cybersecurity area of its website, SUNC also sponsored a talk by Zafrir and an Israeli federal government economist at the World Economic Forum, often referred to as “Davos,” that was gone to personally by Paul Vocalist.
Team8’s financiers include Google’s Eric Schmidt, Microsoft, and Walmart– and it just recently worked with former head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, retired Admiral Mike Rogers. Team8 described the decision to employ Rogers as being “crucial in assisting plan” Team8’s expansion in the United States. Nevertheless, Jake Williams, a veteran of NSA’s Tailored Access Operations hacking unit, told CyberScoop:
“Rogers is not being brought into this role since of his technical experience … It’s purely because of his understanding of categorized operations and his ability to influence lots of in the U.S. federal government and private-sector professionals.”
In addition to connections to Unit 8200-linked groups like Team8 and 8200 EISP, SUNC also straight works together with the IDF in an effort focused on preparing young Israeli women to serve in System 8200. That initiative, called the CyberGirlz Club, is jointly funded by Israel’s Defense Ministry, SUNC and the Rashi Foundation, the philanthropic company established by the Leven family of Perrier-brand water, which has close ties to the Israeli government and IDF.
“Our aim is to bring the women to this process currently proficient, with the understanding needed to pass the exams for System 8200 and serve in the military as developers,” Zwaig told Israel National News.
SEEDING AMERICAN TECH
The connections in between SUNC and Unit 8200 are bothering for more than a few reasons, one being that Unit 8200, frequently compared to the NSA, carefully coordinates with Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, and is accountable for 90 percent of the intelligence material obtained by the Israeli federal government, according to its previous commander Yair Cohen. “There isn’t a major operation, from the Mossad or any intelligence security agency, that 8200 is not associated with,” Cohen told Forbesin 2016. A company established by an American billionaire is thus actively promoting the existence of previous military intelligence officers in foreign companies, particularly American business, while likewise promoting the transfer of jobs and investment to that very same country.
Particularly troubling is the reality that because SUNC’s founding, the number of former Unit 8200 members in leading positions in American tech companies has actually increased. Based upon a non-exhaustive analysis conducted by MintPressof over 200 LinkedIn accounts of former Israeli military intelligence and intelligence officers in three significant tech business, various previous Unit 8200 alumni were found to currently hold top supervisory or executive positions in Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
The influence of Unit 8200 on these business highly likely goes much deeper than this non-exhaustive analysis revealed, considered that a number of these business obtained numerous Israeli start-ups staffed by Unit 8200 alumni who subsequently went on to found new companies and start-ups soon after acquisition. Due to the restrictions of LinkedIn’s set-up, MintPress was unable to access the complete list of System 8200 alumni at these 3 tech companies, suggesting that the mind-blowing numbers found were produced by a relatively small sample.
This dive in Unit 8200 members in top positions at tech business of worldwide significance is actually a policy long promoted by Netanyahu, whose veteran economic consultant is the chief executive at SUNC. Throughout an interview with Fox News in 2015, Netanyahu was asked by Fox News host Mark Levin if the large development seen in the last few years in Israel’s technology sector became part of Netanyahu’s strategy. “That’s quite my strategy,” Netanyahu responded. “It’s a very deliberate policy.” He later on included that “Israel had innovation because the military, especially military intelligence, produced a great deal of abilities. These extremely gifted boys and ladies who come out of the military or the Mossad, they want to begin their start-ups.”
Netanyahu even more detailed this policy at the 2019 Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv, where he specified that Israel’s emergence as one of the leading five “cyber powers” had actually “required enabling this combination of military intelligence, academia and market to converge in one place” and that this further needed allowing “our graduates of our military and intelligence units to merge into business with regional partners and foreign partners.” The direct tie-ins of SUNC to Netanyahu and the fact that Paul Vocalist has also been a long-time political donor and backer of Netanyahu recommend that SUNC is a crucial part of Netanyahu’s policy of putting previous military intelligence and intelligence operatives in strategic positions in significant technology companies.
Significantly, just as SUNC was established to counter the BDS motion, Netanyahu has actually asserted that this policy of guaranteeing Israel’s role as a “cyber power” is focused on increasing its diplomatic power and particularly weakening BDS along with the United Nations, which has actually consistently condemned Israel’s federal government for war crimes and infractions of worldwide law in relation to the Palestinians.
BUILDING THE BI-NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE STATE
To summarize, a powerful American billionaire has constructed a prominent company with deep connections to AIPAC, with an Israeli company that has actually been consistently examined for spying on the U.S. federal government (Amdocs), and with the elite Israeli military intelligence Unit 8200 that has actually utilized its prominent connections to the U.S. government and the personal sector to dramatically shift the operations and make-up of major companies in a critical sector of the American economy.
Further think about that U.S. government documents dripped by Edward Snowden have flagged Israel as a “leading hazard” to the infrastructure of U.S. monetary and banking organizations, which use much of the software produced by these top tech companies, and have likewise flagged Israel as a leading espionage threat. One U.S. government file mentioned Israel as the 3rd most aggressive intelligence service against the U.S. behind Russia and China. Hence, Paul Singer’s family pet project in Start-Up Nation Central has weakened not only the U.S. economy but perhaps national security too.
This concern is additional intensified by the deep ties linking top tech companies like Microsoft and Google to the U.S. armed force. Microsoft and Google are both key military specialists. Microsoft is set to win a lucrative contract for the Pentagon’s cloud management and has actually partnered with the Department of Defense to produce a “protected” election system referred to as ElectionGuard that is set to be implemented in some U.S. states for the 2020 general election.
Top U.S. tech business have filled executive positions with former members of Israeli military intelligence and moved strategic and vital operations to Israel, enhancing Israel’s economy at the expenditure of America’s. SUNC’s function in this marked shift merits the inmost scrutiny.
Whitney Webb is a MintPress Newsjournalist based in Chile. She has contributed to numerous independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch,the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire,to name a few. She has made a number of radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism. MintPress Newsis certified under an Imaginative Commons Attribution.
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