Why the US censure of Israeli spyware is a toothless tiger

My recent feature story in the UK magazine, New Internationalist.

Here’s an extract:

For Israel, spyware is not just a highly lucrative industry, but a strategic weapon to curry diplomatic favour. Aside from revolutionizing the world of espionage, the huge demand for these tools is reshaping geopolitics, with Palestinian lives at the sharp end of the sinister global spyware games. According to a New York Timesinvestigation, NSO deals have played a central role in securing support from Arab countries, including in the negotiations of the Abraham Accords, the 2020 diplomatic agreements that normalized ties between Israel and Arab states such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. As a result, companies like NSO Group can be viewed as unofficial arms of the Israeli state, furthering the country’s military and diplomatic ties.

Read the whole thing: How Palestine became Israel’s spyware test-bed | New Internationalist

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