Former IDF intel chief: ‘State of Facebook’ most dangerous Middle-Eastern threat to Israel

Facebook-connectIt 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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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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