It seems that Israel not only has to worry about threats from groups like Hamas and Hezbollah and the many countries that would like to see it destroyed. According to Amos Yadlin, the former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, Facebook is the Jewish state’s greatest threat.
“The most dangerous nation in the Middle East acting against Israel is the state of Facebook,” he said, addressing the CyberTech Conference in Tel Aviv last Friday. “It has a lot more power than anybody who’s operating an armed force.”
“Unlike before, there’s no longer an existential military threat facing Israel,” he added. “Rather, it’s a strategic threat.”
According to Yadlin, not enough is being invested to combat anti-Semitism and incitement to violence on social media sites like Facebook. This despite reports that the government has set aside some 100 million New Israeli Shekels (over $25.6 million) to the effort.
Algemeiner.com, citing the Hebrew news website NRG, said the conference “actually coincided with a cyber attack against Israel’s electric grid that Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz called ‘severe.'”
It’s quite interesting, though, that Yadlin referred to Facebook as a “state,” given that the company often seems to act like a government unto itself run by people who think pictures of lilac trees are pornographic…
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