Global relationships with Israel

Will the UN adopt more Israeli-developed technologies? | “Israeli companies offer top-tier technologies, services, and solutions that are in great demand by the UN,” Danon stated. https://worldisraelnews.com/will-un-adopt-israeli-developed-technologies/

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans’ data with Israel | Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis – The Guardian 2013 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data-israel-documents

DID YOU KNOW?: Two Secretive Israeli Companies Reportedly Bugged The US Telecommunications Grid For The NSA | [T]he NSA hired two secretive Israeli companies to wiretap the U.S. telecommunications network. – Business Insider 2013 http://www.businessinsider.com/israelis-bugged-the-us-for-the-nsa-2013-6

US accuses Israel of ‘alarming, even terrifying’ levels of spyingIsrael has been trying to steal secrets from the US, its principal protector and benefactor, but also occasional rival, ever since the inception of the Jewish state in 1948, and even before. But according to the latest issue of Newsweek, quoting Obama administration officials, these activities have “crossed red lines” rarely encountered in the past.

In the words of one Congressional aide, with access to classified briefings in January on the subject, Israel’s behaviour was “very sobering… alarming… even terrifying”. Israel, it would appear, is after everything it can lay its hands on: not just diplomatic and policy documents, but industrial and military technology. The means include Israeli trade missions to the US, joint ventures between Israeli and American companies and, presumably, spying by Israeli intelligence agencies.

“Everyone does it,” is a common reaction to such claims of ungentlemanly conduct. But by these accounts, in the case of America no one does it like Israel – not even allies with intelligence services as skilled as those of France, Germany, even the UK. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-accuses-israel-of-alarming-even-terrifying-levels-of-spying-9341264.html

The foundation of the Talpiot program can be found in a recent Congressional bill, ‘S.2497 – United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018

Medigus [Israel] wins NASA contract | Medigus will supply its miniature video cameras and video processing equipment for NASA’s Robotic Refueling Mission. https://www.globes.co.il/en/article.aspx?did=1000785406&from=iglobes

Israeli experts use AI to solve U.S. background checks backlog | Whether it be in reference to gun control or how the US government maintains a year-long backlog of more than 700,000 people it needs to review, the term has become something of a buzzword.

Coming to help with this American backlog is a group of Israeli and US former intelligence agents from Intelligo Group, an Israel-based risk-management start-up.

“The efficiency of the American government will be solved by an Israeli technology,” said Intelligo CEO and co-founder Shlomo Mirvis.

“At Intelligo, you’re combining the strength of the private sector, strength of Israeli intelligence and American intelligence,” said Mirvis. “Our advisory board includes powerhouses of the Intelligence community including the former head of intelligence unit 8200, Pinhas Buchris, and the ex-head of the US National Security Agency, Michael McConnell.” …

Intelligo proposes to upend the model, relying on AI and machine-learning to automate and provide a comprehensive check that looks at thousands of web sources. The reports not only include low-level aggregate and proprietary data but also scans blacklists, watch lists, politically-exposed persons, legal and corporate records, as well as social media. http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-experts-use-AI-to-solve-US-background-checks-backlog-547306

The Israel-Massachusetts Cybersecurity Ecosystem Is Thriving https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2018/04/12/the-israel-massachusetts-cybersecurity-ecosystem-is-thriving/#10774a223e36

Israel Covertly Contacted American Cyber Companies to Purchase Hacking Tools, Letter Reveals | The unusual letter, allegedly penned by the Israeli Defense Ministry in 2015 and published by Motherbaord, shows that Israel tried to get U.S. companies to sell advanced technologies it wanted

The letter, which according to Motherboard was sent in 2015 on behalf of the Israeli Defense Ministry to five companies in the United States, seeks to purchase information and hacking tools to for the use of Israeli government organization. Such tools, dubbed “zero-days,” operate in a manner that enables them to find and utilize holes in the defense systems operated by softwares. Zero-day flaws are unknown to security experts, and the systems they hack are not safe until the infilitration is finally detected. – Haaretz 2018 https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-revealed-israel-contacted-u-s-cyber-companies-to-buy-hacking-tools-1.5868368

Talpiot Talk #2: The Foundation Of The Talpiot Program Is In This Congressional Bill https://talpiottalk.com/2018/04/02/talpiot-talk-2-the-foundation-of-the-talpiot-program-is-in-this-congressional-bill/

S.2497 – United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018

TITLE II—ENHANCED UNITED STATES-ISRAEL COOPERATION

SEC. 201. UNITED STATES-ISRAEL SPACE COOPERATION. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Repeal+second+amendment%22%5D%7D

Israel Free Trade Agreement | The United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement was the first FTA entered into by the United States. It continues to serve as the foundation for expanding trade https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/israel-fta

Cambridge Analytica CEO says they subcontract Israelis in intelligence gathering at 17:04 mark. >> Cambridge Analytica Uncovered: Secret filming reveals election tricks | An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers. – Channel 4 News https://youtu.be/mpbeOCKZFfQ?t=17m4s [The creator of Cambridge Analytica is Robert Mercer, who is Jewish.]

Mossad Infiltrated French Presidential Computer Systems | What specifically did Unit 8200 want to learn about French policy from such an intrusion? According to my own Israeli source, there was no specific mission. Spying was indiscriminate and opportunistic. He would not speaking directly to this particular incident because he did not want to expose a specific operation if there was one. But he would say this:

“Unit 8200 and Mossad hack everyone they technically can. You can never know what interesting intelligence will come from a phone call/email of any foreign leader or official – so they spy on anyone possible.”

In other words, Israeli intelligence has no restraints, unlike (we hope) spy agencies of other western nations. Where the NSA got into trouble (after Snowden’s revelations were published) was that it was operating as if it were Unit 8200, rather than an American agency restrained by American laws and constitutional practice. At least until recently, the NSA and Israeli cyber-intelligence could’ve been twins.

That is why the recently revealed agreement between the NSA and Unit 8200 to share intelligence (even about U.S. citizens) was no surprise at all. – Richard Silverstein 2013 https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2013/10/26/mossad-infiltrated-french-presidential-computer-systems/

NYPD Opens Branch in Israel | The New York Police Department opened its Israeli branch in the Sharon District Police headquarters in Kfar Saba. Charlie Ben-Naim,  a former Israeli and veteran NYPD detective, was sent on this mission. – Al-Monitor 2012 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/01/09/nypd-kfar-saba-branch-new-york-p.html

U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation: Joint Police & Law Enforcement Training – Jewish Virtual Library 2017 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/joint-us-israel-police-and-law-enforcement-training

Execs from Facebook, Google, and Microsoft explain why they use Israel for their R&D | Google developer partner advocate Don Dodge said: “My job at Google is to travel all over the world and talk to developers and startups and investors.I’ve been to every corner of the earth. China, Japan, Australia, all of Europe, the Nordics, everywhere. There is no other country on earth that thinks the same way that we [Google] do like Israel does.

Dodge said cheaper engineers in places like Russia, India, and China were often not as good: “It’s about innovation, creativity, taking tremendous risks, understanding how to get to market. That’s what Israel does. It’s not about the cost.”

“There’s a magic and it’s not easy to explain what it is, but Israel’s a playground where it feels like home for the multinational.” [Adi Soffer Teeni, CEO of Facebook Israel] – Business Insider 2016 http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-google-microsoft-israel-rd-2016-10

Google Chooses Tel Aviv, Israel For Its First Overseas Startup Accelerator | Israel-based new Google accelerators is working with a local startup, BrainQ Technologies.

Google is taking another bid in order to support the tech startups working on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science. The search giant has chosen Tel Aviv, Israel as the new location for its startup accelerator. The accelerator has already started working since March first week to support the startups in the country. https://www.mobileappdaily.com/2018/04/2/google-startup-accelerator

Meet Google Israel’s Yossi Matias, The Genius Behind Many Of Google’s Most Stunning Achievements | What you may not know is ‘Live Results’ (autocomplete in search), Google Trends, and a number of other features on Google were developed in Israel under the supervision of global Google VP of Search Yossi Matias. Tasked with establishing one of Google’s first research and development centers outside of the United States in 2006, Matias has been responsible for directing the Israeli R&D center towards stunning achievements and technological breakthroughs in the realms of search, and big data, as well as initiating impressive cultural entrepreneurship programs that too have “gone global”. In an exclusive interview with NoCamels, Matias paints a picture of just how important a member Google Israel has become in the company’s global family, and offers up his assessments on where the future of Israeli entrepreneurship is heading. http://nocamels.com/2015/03/google-vp-of-search-yossi-matias-future-of-search/

Yossi Matias https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yossi_Matias

Why The World’s Largest Tech Companies All Want A Piece Of The Israeli Pie | They all want a piece of the Israeli pie: Microsoft, Google, Apple – dozens of large, multinational companies have chosen to establish offices and R&D centers in the Startup Nation. Why did they all pick Israel and what exactly are they doing here?

It’s a little known fact that two thirds of all R&D employees in Israel are employed by foreign companies such as HP and Microsoft, according Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Currently, there are 250 R&D centers of foreign high-tech companies in Israel, according to IVC Research Center. The heavy presence of multinationals in Silicon Wadi clearly affects the local economy; consider this: Intel Israel is responsible for almost a tenth of Israel’s overall exports!

Some of the most active companies locally include international technology giants such as Intel and IBM, which set up shop in Israel in the early 70’s and have grown exponentially to employ thousands of local employees. Some of these companies’ latest technologies are being developed in Israel, for example: several components of IBM’s highly praised Watson (its artificially intelligent computer), or Intel’s super-fast Core 6 processors. – NoCamels.com 2015 http://nocamels.com/2015/09/multinational-high-tech-companies-presence-israel/

Israeli’s R&D the Key to Startup Success | The sector is going so well that some of the biggest names in the world have acquired Israeli startups: IBM, AT&T, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook – and dozens of others. – Times of Israel 2018 http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israelis-rd-the-key-to-startup-success/

JVP selects 10 Israeli startups for mentorship with Tesco, PepsiCo, Barclays | Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), a Jerusalem-based venture capital firm, said it has matched 10 early stage Israeli startups with leading multinationals, including Tesco, PepsiCo and Barclays, as part of a program to match new developments with real market needs. https://www.timesofisrael.com/jvp-selects-10-israeli-startups-for-mentorship-with-tesco-pepsico-barclays/

DENSO Israel satellite R&D team to focus on automated driving and cybersecurity | DENSO Corporation’s newest innovative satellite R&D team in Israel will concentrate on advanced technologies such as automated driving, cybersecurity, and AI. Starting in April, DENSO’s R&D satellite will begin collaborating with local startups to pioneer new technologies.

The Israel team is the newest satellite in DENSO’s global R&D network located in key regions. DENSO distributes advanced R&D functions around the world and works with local universities, research institutions, startups, and various other partners to develop competitive products and technologies tailored to customers and regional characteristics. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180329-denso.html

The Israeli Who Links Silicon Valley Up With Silicon Wadi | Yasmin Lukatz, Sheldon Adelson’s stepdaughter, cut her teeth at the casino magnates newspaper but prefers to help Israelis network- Haaretz 2017 https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/the-israeli-who-links-silicon-valley-up-with-silicon-wadi-1.5455690

Adelson School of Entrepreneurship – IDC Herzliya | IDC Herzliya is a dream realized; an academic institution that changed the face of higher education in Israel and became a successful, pioneering model and a source of inspiration. https://www.idc.ac.il/en

EPA Signs Contract With Israeli Company Pushed By Sheldon Adelson | Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson got an Israeli company a meeting with the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. Now the EPA has a contract with the company to study its technology, POLITICO reported. https://forward.com/fast-forward/397729/epa-signs-contract-with-israeli-company-pushed-by-sheldon-adelson/

In nod to Startup Nation, ivory towers foster entrepreneurs | As Israel boasts the greatest number of startups per capita globally, academic institutions open their doors to offer hands-on help

IDC’s recently inaugurated Adelson School of Entrepreneurship (ASE) has become a hub for all of the private college’s entrepreneurial activities, both academic and extracurricular.

The school offers a variety of activities including courses, minor programs, different majors and special programs for outstanding students at the undergraduate and graduates’ levels. IDC’s flagship offering for undergraduates, the Zell entrepreneurship program, is one of the world’s most renowned venture creation programs within academia. In its 15 years of activity, 298 students have graduated and generated 85 ventures, according to Zell’s website. IDC also launched this year another honors entrepreneurship program, IDC Beyond, targeting graduates from Israel and abroad. https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-nod-to-startup-nation-ivory-towers-foster-entrepreneurs/

 

 

Jacob Cohen:French author reveals Sayanims (undercover agents) working for Mossad – Press TV https://youtu.be/9hB42Grcy1M

Team8, Airbus share spotlight at Paris Cybersecurity Forum | The 12th annual France-Israel Cybersecurity Forum in Paris brought together some 13 companies from Israel with more than 60 French groups looking for cyber technology. – Globes 2018 https://www.globes.co.il/en/article.aspx?did=1001228119&from=iglobes

Israel signs tenders agreement with NATO | Israeli companies can now bid for defense tenders worth an estimated $4.5 billion.

Ambassador of Israel to the European Union (EU) and NATO Aharon Leshno-Yaar this week signed a logistics agreement with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The agreement is a breakthrough for Israeli companies in the cyber, optics, defense, and software sectors; it enables Israeli companies to compete in NATO tenders and be part of NATO’s database of authorized exporters, thereby opening many doors to Israeli companies choosing to operate in this channel. – Globes 2018 http://services.globes.co.il/en/article-israel-signs-tenders-agreement-with-nato-1001223528

Israel and the unexpected new world order | Geographically, Israel is just off-center. Why then is it treated with such respect, especially by the likes of Russia and China?

Most importantly, Israel is positioned to guard the world’s Internet. Everything today is traded, controlled and administered online. And Israel is emerging as the world’s number one guardian of the worldwide web. That means, regardless of being a few miles offtrack from China’s Land and Maritime Roads, it is positioned to be the center of both belts.

Economists worry that China’s ambition could trigger a global economic collapse; a currency collapse, specifically. Maybe BRICS and One Belt One Road don’t care. A global currency collapse might be seen as a way to wipe the slate clean of nation-based currencies, especially the US dollar, and establish an international one: like Bitcoin, perhaps.

If Bitcoin is the model for a new Internet-based global currency, Israel is likely to be its guardian too, protecting that currency from hackers around the world.

As chief of security for the world’s information and currency, and with energy independence, Israel stands to gain substantial wealth. – Jerusalem Post 2017 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Israel-and-the-unexpected-new-world-order-499310

What The World’s Top 10 Tech Firms Have In Common | The world’s top ten tech companies –Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Alibaba, Intel, Oracle, Samsung and Baidu–increasingly have something in common: they’re doing mission-critical work in Israel that’s core to their businesses back at HQ. Let’s take a look at how this trend is playing out.

Earlier this year, Microsoft hired a 34-year-old cyber-security prodigy —a hacker essentially–as its new head of R&D in Israel. The young man, a veteran of the country’s elite Unit 8200 (Israel’s version of the NSA), will be responsible for future-proofing Microsoft’s defense of its crown jewels in the cloud. Microsoft is a cloud-first company now, everything is there: Azure, Cortana, Office, even Minecraft. In other words, Microsoft’s cloud has to be an absolutely critical part of the company’s core business going forward, and the Redmond-based company is entrusting its security to a 34-year-old Israeli. – Forbes 2018 https://www.forbes.com/sites/startupnationcentral/2018/02/20/what-the-worlds-top-10-tech-firms-have-in-common/#1e815ce72b3a

Intel earmarks massive $5 billion for new investment in southern Israel plant | Investment plan comes on heels of $6 billion upgrade of the same facility announced by Intel in 2014 for production of Intel’s next generation computer chips – Times of Israel 2018 https://www.timesofisrael.com/intel-earmarks-massive-5-billion-for-new-investment-in-southern-israel-plant/

Intel [Jewish] CEO: We think of ourselves as an Israeli company as much as a US company | “I just want to say that it will be centered here in Jerusalem.” – Jerusalem Post 2017 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Intel-CEO-We-think-of-ourselves-as-an-Israeli-company-as-much-as-a-US-company-484209

[Former] Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer [Jewish] – “Our company is almost as Israeli as it is American” https://www.haaretz.com/1.4983087

Meet HP’s new Jewish chief | Computer giant’s new CEO Léo Apotheker studied in Jerusalem, loves hummus, speaks fluent Hebrew – Ynet 2010 https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3965498,00.html

Yandex Partners With Tel Aviv University to Launch AI Study Program, Scholarships | The Russian technology company will launch the Yandex Machine Learning Initiative, offering courses in artificial intelligence and financial support to students and faculty – Calcalist 2018 https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3730256,00.html

The Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group [Chabad] That Connects Trump and Putin | Where Trump’s real estate world meets a top religious ally of the Kremlin.

Starting in 1999, Putin enlisted two of his closest confidants, the oligarchs Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich, who would go on to become Chabad’s biggest patrons worldwide, to create the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia under the leadership of Chabad rabbi Berel Lazar, who would come to be known as “Putin’s rabbi.”

A few years later, Trump would seek out Russian projects and capital by joining forces with a partnership called Bayrock-Sapir, led by Soviet emigres Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater and Tamir Sapir—who maintain close ties to Chabad. The company’s ventures would lead to multiple lawsuits alleging fraud and a criminal investigation of a condo project in Manhattan. – Politico 2017 https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/the-happy-go-lucky-jewish-group-that-connects-trump-and-putin-215007

Felix Sater: Donald Trump’s Chabad Bayrock Group Connectionhttps://youtu.be/c0EgihMjqzE

Joseph Lieberman even openly ‘joked’ about Chabad being a more extensive intelligence network than the CIA [7:45] http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/2376576/jewish/Jewish-Pride-in-the-Limelight.htm

In Beijing, Netanyahu looks to ‘marry Israel’s technology with China’s capacity’ | On second day of state visit, prime minister, Chinese leaders agree on upgrading economic, tech cooperation – Times of Israel 2017 https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-beijing-netanyahu-looks-to-marry-israels-technology-with-chinas-capacity/

Israel and China’s Silk Road | China-Israel bilateral trade currently hovers around $12 billion, and bilateral cooperation spans a wide gamut of fields, leveraging heavily on China’s markets, financial capital and manufacturing capacity on the one hand, and Israel’s technological edge in areas including water treatment, agriculture, cyberspace technologies and medical equipment on the other. While extensive and promising, bilateral cooperation, already in the making for years, did not require BRI as a necessary precondition. With BRI now at play, three implications and opportunities arise that transcend bilateral economic cooperation: infrastructural and trade interconnectivity, a closely-related “information Silk Road”, and Israel’s potential as mediator between the world’s two leading powers. …

Closely connected to Israel’s geographical land bridge is its position as key node along any future information Silk Road. In March 2015, Premier Li Keqiang announced the ten-year “Internet Plus” initiative integrating cyberspace with industry, commerce and banking networks.19 However farfetched the notion sounds, if China were to extend this to undergird the emerging steel-and-asphalt Silk Road, Israel could play a significant role. At present, submarine fiber optics and several communications satellites connect Israel to Europe and the US. From there, Israelis can place calls to virtually any other country, including Iran, via satellite link. Communications connectivity does not technically require a geographically contiguous IT infrastructure linking, say, Jordan and Egypt via Israel. However, were China to decide on paving an information Silk Road linking the physical, hardware layer of national IT infrastructures in the Middle East with standardized protocols, this could improve the quality of communications among these countries, as much in the technical sense as in the political.20 Israel’s leading edge in cyber technology, backed by keen interest and investments from some of China’s largest hi-tech companies, might in this manner transcend bilateral cooperation to BRI’s broader benefit. – SIGNAL, Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership 2017 http://en.sino-israel.org/publications/signal-perspectives/israel-and-chinas-silk-road/

One Belt, One Road | Israel’s role in China’s flagship policy.

[T]his policy is based on the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an initiative that has not been well received in the US, to the extent that Japan refrained from joining so as not to upset Washington. Israel, however, did join the AIIB, and must be careful not to conduct its business with China at the expense of the US or its relationship with Washington. – Jerusalem Post 2017 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/One-Belt-One-Road-504129

China to overtake US as biggest investor in Israel | Driving this are Chinese companies eager to invest in high-technology and Internet startups, of which Israel is one of the world centers. Historically, it has been American and European capital that invested in them and took them public. In Europe, 101 Israeli firms have launched IPOs and, in the United States, 272.

Last September, Sisram Medical did an IPO in Hong Kong, becoming the first Israeli hi-tech firm to go public on a Chinese stock exchange. Fosun Pharmaceutical owns a controlling stake in the firm; Fosun is owned by mainland tycoon Guo Guangchang.

More Israeli firms will follow the example of Sisram Medical and list in China. An estimated 120 hi-tech Israeli firms have Chinese investment. …

A milestone in Sino-Israel high-technology cooperation came last December 19, with the official inauguration in Shantou of the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a joint venture between Shantou University and Technion. Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing attended the event.

Technion Institute of Technology is the MIT of Israel. It is the oldest university in Israel, set up in 1912, 36 years before the Jewish was re-established. The Guangdong site is only its second branch outside Israel.

In 2013, Li donated US$130 million to Technion. A large part of the money came from the profits he made from the IPO of Waze, a GPS-based map software company, in which he held a 11 percent stake. His was the largest donation ever made to Technion and one of the biggest to any Israeli academic institution. Li has been the pioneer of Chinese investment in Israel. – EJ Insight 2018 http://www.ejinsight.com/20180201-china-to-overtake-us-as-biggest-investor-in-israel/

China And Israel: A Perfect Match, Growing Steady | “In Kuang-Chi’s case, we believe that China represents a natural market for Israeli technology in the areas of smart cities, computer vision, connected homes, artificial intelligence, and robotics. We see great potential in Israeli start-ups. –  Forbes 2018 https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2018/02/26/china-and-israel-a-perfect-match-growing-steady/#7b590dce5ec9

It’s A Love Affair For Now Between China And Israeli Venture Deal Makers | Capital is pouring into Israeli venture funds from China while their portfolio companies are raising strategic finance from Chinese multinationals and expanding into the Mainland for accelerated growth. It’s a source of capital and growth that is very hard to turn down. More and more Israelis are making those trips to Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and elsewhere not to be left behind.

This connection is set to grow as more and more deals are blocked between the U.S. and China — from both sides, said the panelists. This blockage will lead the Chinese to look for other places besides Silicon Valley to park money, and importantly, to gain an edge in technology innovation, which is, of course. one of their main missions. – Forbes 2018 https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccafannin/2018/01/31/its-a-love-affair-for-now-between-china-and-israeli-venture-deal-makers/#44ec941d4410

China cultural center opens in Israel to boost exchange, mutual understanding | The first China Cultural Center in West Asia opened in Israel’s central city of Tel Aviv on Sunday, aiming to spread the Chinese culture and facilitate exchange and cooperation between the two countries.

The center, also the 35th of its kind worldwide, sits in Tel Aviv’s business district and covers a total area of about 1,000 square meters, with facilities such as a multi-purpose hall, training rooms, a library and an audio-visual area. – Xinhua 2017 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/27/c_136782814.htm

10 Israel startups chosen for Beijing accelerator | The new Israel-China accelerator program in Beijing is led by Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry in cooperation with China’s Shengjing Group and DayDayUp. – Globes 2017 http://www.globes.co.il/en/article.aspx?did=1001213615&from=iglobes

Leumi, Bank of China sign deal to grant credit to Israeli firms | Bank Leumi, Israel’s second-largest bank, said it signed a deal with Bank of China to make it easier for Israeli companies to receive financing for their operations in China. – Reuters 2017 https://www.reuters.com/article/bank-leumi-bank-of-china-credit/leumi-bank-of-china-sign-deal-to-grant-credit-to-israeli-firms-idUSL8N1O44L5

Chinese millionaire to set up artificial intelligence lab in Haifa | Zong Qinghou, the CEO of one of China’s largest companies, will provide the AI center with at least $10 million over five years. – Jerusalem Post 2017 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Chinese-millionaire-to-set-up-artificial-intelligence-lab-in-Haifa-505742

Alibaba is buying Israeli startup Visualead’s tech to establish a Tel Aviv R&D center – TechCrunch 2017 https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/01/alibaba-visualead-tel-aviv-rd-center/

Alibaba to Buy Israel-based QR Startup Visualead | In October, the company announced it plans to open a lab in Tel Aviv, as part of a $15 billion global research and development push – Calcalist 2017 https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3726283,00.html

Israel and Japan Sign Historic Industrial R&D Agreement| Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry arrived in Israel on Sunday to sign an Industrial R&D (Research and Development) Collaboration Agreement with Israel, making the Jewish state the first country Japan has signed such an agreement with.

Toshimitsu Motegi, the Japanese minister, met with Economics Minister Naftali Bennett while accompanied by a delegation of Japanese industrialists, as well senior representatives of Japan’s Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry, the body responsible for Japanese industry, industrial R&D and cyber technology. – Israel National News 2014 https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182606

Israel & Japan Unite to Expand their Bilateral R&D Relationship http://www.matimop.org.il/blog_Japan.html

Japanese auto-parts co Denso opens Israel R&D center | The world’s largest car parts manufacturer says it will build on Israel’s innovative technologies in cybersecurity, telecommunications, AI, sensing, and software.http://iglob.es/?en1229704

Taiwan invests in Israeli hi-tech, rides the startup wave | Taiwan firms have invested about US$200-300 million in Israel. Two companies have set up research and development centers there. They are Hiwin, based in Taichong, one of the island’s biggest makers of robots; and Winbond Electronics, which produces semiconductors and several types of integrated circuits, including personal computer ICs. …

In September 2017, Kuomintang legislator Hsu Yu-jen launched the Taiwan Israel Innovation Platform, aiming to boost high-tech exchanges between the two sides.

“The platform can help promote exchanges between the two nations’ private, public and academic sectors on several fronts, including information security, water-related infrastructure, agricultural technologies, augmented and virtual reality applications, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence. It can also help Israeli companies find Taiwanese firms for merger or acquisition (M&A) opportunities,” Hsu said. – EJ Insight 2018 http://www.ejinsight.com/20180222-taiwan-invests-in-israeli-hi-tech-rides-the-startup-wave/

Israel’s online security czars: an inside view | CyberGym, a sophisticated and cutting-edge operation in Israel, hopes to make inroads into India soon

Hason claimed CyberGym had “trained 3,000 people already from across the world”. Over the last five years, Hason has expanded CyberGym’s reach, with units in Portugal, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Australia. He plans to expand in the near future to North America and Asia. “We hope we will make inroads in India sometime in 2019,” he added.

Other than CyberGym, Israel is well known for having spawned a number of cybersecurity firms over the years. Notable among these is the Nasdaq-listed Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Its co-founder , Gil Shwed, is considered the inventor of the modern firewall.

Team8, another Israeli company, was founded by veterans from Unit 8200. Nadav Zafrir, the co-founder and CEO of Team 8, was, in fact, the commander of Unit 8200, as well as the founder of the IDF cyber command. Udi Mokady, the founder, chairman and CEO of CyberArk, too, was a member of Unit 8200. – Livemint 2018 http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/YWqU7FvzV5xu6vFFHUyeAO/Israels-online-security-czars-an-inside-view.html

WATCH: CyberGym is coming to Ireland – training organisations against cyber attacks through real-life warfare | An Israeli startup that trains organisations in how to deal with cyber attacks through real-life warfare experiences plans to open a unit in Ireland. – Independent.ie 2018 https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/watch-cybergym-is-coming-to-ireland-training-organisations-against-cyber-attacks-through-reallife-warfare-36541359.html

Indian Americans launch tech triangle connecting India, Israel and US | Indian American venture capitalist and entrepreneur Desh Deshpande, is working with the MassChallenge incubator to fund several Indian startups to receive in-house guidance from MassChallenge mentors in Israel.

Pennsylvania-based Dennis Mehta has announced the launch of a trilateral investment fund worth USD 50 million to bring innovative Israeli technologies to the Indian market. – Times of India 2018 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canada-news/indian-americans-launch-tech-triangle-connecting-india-israel-and-us/articleshow/62986844.cms

First Israeli research nanosatellite launches from India | Foot-long, 11-pound BGUSAT orbiter successfully reaches space, will study weather, desertification, airglow and other phenomena

Israel successfully launched into space Wednesday a new nanosatellite, the first for Israeli academia, that will conduct scientific missions for Ben Gurion University of the Negev. – Times of Israel 2017 https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-israeli-research-nanosatellite-launches-from-india/

Intel Aims to Democratise AI, Set Up Stage for 5G in India | Intel is best known as a chip maker for PCs, but its work in areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and with telcos towards setting the stage for 5G rollout in India is less known. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/features/5g-india-intel-artificial-intelligence-prakash-mallya-1829099

North England health services seek ventures with Israeli health tech firms | Partnership is ‘latest sign of the deepening innovation links between our two countries,’ says UK Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey after signing accord https://www.timesofisrael.com/north-england-health-services-seek-ventures-with-israeli-health-tech-firms/

British banks target Israeli security technologyIsraeli cyber security companies are providing security expertise to at least three of the top four UK banks, according to the report by the British Israel Communications and Research Centre (Bicom), which conducts research into Israel and the Middle East.

The introduction of European Union (EU) regulations requiring authentication of digital financial transactions – known as the European Revised Payment Service Directive – has led to closer cooperation between companies in the UK and Israeli firms that specialise in biometric and other forms of authentication, Bicom claims.

HSBC opened a cyber hub in Tel Aviv last year. Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland have also set up research and development (R&D) centres in the country to tap into Israeli technology, including cyber security, biometric authentication, data analytics and payment technology.

Last year, Aviva Insurance, BT, Goldman Sachs, RBS, Visa and others hosted Israeli cyber security startups for a series of events in London. https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252440000/British-banks-target-Israeli-security-technology

Lord Mayor of London visits Israel to boost bilateral ties | Business leaders, regulators and trade representatives based in London are increasingly working with peers in Israel, developing links in financial and professional services industries such as banking, law and finance-technology.

Bowman, who is the 690th Lord Mayor, discussed the scope a potential free trade deal between the UK and Israel with senior Israeli politicians, including the Minister of Economy and Industry, Eli Cohen.

He also visited an accelerator, which give a leg-up to small businesses, before meeting the Governor of the Bank of Israel, Karnit Flug, to discuss how financial and professional links between the UK and Israel can be strengthened. …

He said: “For the British there are many excellent opportunities for companies to do business in Israel, not least in capital markets, infrastructure finance, cyber and fin-tech. Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, it is more important than ever that we build our links with vibrant and growing markets across the world, and I know the UK’s relationship with Israel will go from strength-to-strength. – Times of Israel Jewish News 2018 http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/lord-mayor-london-visits-israel-to-boost-bilateral-ties/

U.K., IBM, Launch Israel-Based Healthcare Technology Accelerator | Dubbed U.K. Israel Dangoor Health Initiative, the program aims to encourage digital health startups to plug their technologies into the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) – Calcalist 2018 https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3731887,00.html

British energy giant scouring Israeli energy tech with £100 million fund | In a bid to stay competitive, executives from the energy giant toured the country last week, meeting with and looking at investments in several Israeli start-ups. http://www.jpost.com/Jpost-Tech/Environment/British-energy-giant-scouring-Israeli-energy-tech-with-100-million-fund-547084

Mossad spy ring ‘unearthed because of Christchurch earthquake’ | The Israeli secret service Mossad has been accused of conducting an intelligence-gathering operation in New Zealand which was unearthed because of February’s Christchurch earthquake.

The operation was interrupted when a van used by a spy cell was crushed by masonry falling from a damaged building, killing one man, it is claimed.

Benyamin Mizrahi, 23, the Israeli man who died in the damaged van, was found to have five passports on his person, the Southland Times newspaper reported. …

The Southland Times also said the police national computer was being audited because of concerns it had been hacked into.

There were fears that other Israeli operatives, in the city after the February 22 quake which killed 181 people, could have embedded malicious software to access intelligence information. – The Telegraph 2011 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/8649223/Mossad-spy-ring-unearthed-because-of-Christchurch-earthquake.html

18 soldiers commissioned in Korea’s ‘Talpiot’ program | Eighteen South Korean soldiers were commissioned Friday as second lieutenants under the local military’s program modeled after Israel’s Talpiot training program, the defense ministry said.

They will serve at the Agency for Defense Development, the country’s state agency for research and development in defense technology, for three years. They are 14 army officers, two naval and two air force ones. – Korea Herald 2017 http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170526000624

Samsung invests $4.6m in Israeli AI startup Audioburst | The Audioburst audio search platform will be incorporated into millions of Samsung products around the world, beginning with Smart TVs, Globes reported.https://en.trend.az/world/israel/2878640.html

Polish electric company looks to Israel as ‘partner in fighting cyber-crime’ | Despite strained ties over Holocaust bill, 2 countries sign agreement; visiting Polish delegation to tour 10 cybersecurity firms and the National Cyber Institute – Times of Israel 2018 https://www.timesofisrael.com/polish-electric-company-looks-to-israel-as-partner-in-fighting-cyber-crime/

Israel joins USAID’s Power Africa energy development program | Netanyahu praises ‘growing partnership’ with continent as Jerusalem enters initiative to connect 60 million African households to electricity grid – Times of Israel 201 https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-joins-usaids-power-africa-energy-development-program/

Israel assess cooperation ties with Cameroon | The Israeli Ambassador to Cameroon H.E Ron Gidar also underscored the importance of Cameroon as a strategic partner in Africa reason why his country has undertaken several actions to strengthen bilateral relations.

One of such actions was geared in the technological sector where Israel as a leading country in the domain is trying to boost Cameroon’s development through technology.

Technology, Cameroon benefitted from Israel in 2017 through a wide range of programs and activities ranging from Hi-Tech entrepreneurship seminars to promotion of entrepreneurship incubators as well as improve on computer-based knowledge in schools and higher institutions of learning in Cameroon.

A highlight of Israel’s flagship program is the the Hi-Tech centre at the Polytechnic in Yaounde which trains students from all over Africa on industrial electricity systems, robotics and mechanics and mechatronomics. The centre is set to be transformed into the first 3-D training centre in Africa, an official of the embassy, Harry Acha said. – Journal du Cameroun 2018 https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/israel-assess-cooperation-ties-cameroon/

Israeli firm to deliver broadband Internet in Latin America | Gilat Satellite Networks wins a contract with an unnamed Latin American country to connect rural regions by satellite. – ISRAEL21c 2017 https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-firm-to-deliver-broadband-internet-in-latin-america/

Israeli Spyware Firm Embroiled in Mexico Mobile Hacking Scandal. Flynn Was Its Adviser | According to the NYTimes, NSO Group sold its highly-advanced Pegasus software to infiltrate mobile devices held by human rights lawyers, journalists and activists fighting government corruption – Haaretz 2017 https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-spyware-firm-embroiled-in-mexico-mobile-hacking-scandal-flynn-was-its-adviser-1.5486198

Investigation Into Mexican Government Surveillance With Israeli SoftwareHits Roadblock | An investigation into the use of software manufactured and sold to the Mexican government by the Israeli company NSO Group, has stalled following alleged interference by corrupt officials and a refusal to cooperate by the US. – MintPress News 2018 https://www.mintpressnews.com/investigation-into-mexicos-surveillance-with-israeli-software-stalls/238883/

Mexican billionaire Slim: We want to invest more in Israel | Slim said that he was touched to receive such an invitation and will be happy to visit Israel. He added, “Technology is the engine of the present era and the Slim Group will be happy to take part in additional investments in Israel. We like to have our finger on the pulse of everything regarding new technologies and I know that in this Israel is a world leader, so we are interested in Israeli developments. I’m glad that through our connection and friendship the opportunity was created for this unique visit here by the Israeli delegation to Grupo Carso.”

Earlier this month Slim’s América Móvil SAB de CV made a strategic investment in mobile social networks photo and video-sharing platform Mobli Ltd. as part of the Israeli start-up’s $60 million financing round. – Jerusalem Post 2013 http://www.jpost.com/Business/Business-News/Mexican-billionaire-Slim-We-want-to-invest-more-in-Israel-333340

Mexican billionaire: Israel challenges US leadership in high tech | Israel poses a challenge to the United States in the leadership of the global high technology industry, according to Carlos Slim, a Mexican telecommunications magnate.

“You are the leaders in technology, but there are other countries moving there – China, Israel – and everyone wants to improve,” Slim, 76, said in a TV interview with Bloomberg on Thursday.

Also in 2013, Slim invested $60 million in the Israeli startup Mobli as part of a partnership with the biggest cellular company in Latin America, American Mobile, which he owned. – Times of Israel 2013 https://www.timesofisrael.com/mexican-billionaire-israel-challenges-us-leadership-in-high-tech-2/

Romania’s Banca Transilvania works with Israeli startup on AI-based services | Banca Transilvania, the second-biggest lender in Romania, has signed a partnership with an Israeli software company to integrate Artificial Intelligence solutions in services provided to customers via digital channels.

Personetics, an Israeli startup founded in 2010, offers AI-powered cognitive banking solutions that enable financial institutions to deliver personalized customer experiences across all digital channels. – RomaniaInsider.com 2018 https://www.romania-insider.com/banca-transilvania-ai-based-services/

Bulgaria, Israel mull cybersecurity cooperation | Rumen Radev becomes first foreign head of state to visit Israel’s computer emergency response team in Beersheba https://www.timesofisrael.com/bulgaria-israel-mull-cybersecurity-cooperation/

NSW Government [Government of New South Wales] offering $250k innovation grants to businesses under Israel partnership | NSW businesses can now apply for matched grants of up to $250,000 under the NSW-Israel Research and Development (R&D) Tech Innovation Program.

The program which is jointly run by the NSW Government and State of Israel was established to support innovation and strengthen ties between NSW and Israel. http://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/news/nsw-government-offering-250k-innovation-grants-to-businesses-under-israel-partnership.html

Joint Georgia-Israel IT Ventures to Be Established | “We offered the Israel companies to establish the ventures in Georgia and benefit from the advantages that the signed Free Trade Agreements provided for the companies producing in our country,” – Dimitry Kumsishvili. https://www.finchannel.com/world/georgia/72468-joint-georgia-israel-it-ventures-to-be-established

Israel Launches Tech Internship Program for Eastern European Students and Entrepreneurs | The program, set to launch in 2018, will see students and tech entrepreneurs from Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland intern in Israeli tech companies and startupshttps://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3734957,00.html

Croatia to purchase upgraded Israeli fighter jets | Squadron of 12 used jets set to replace old Russian-made MiG-21 fighters as Zagreb seeks to bolster defenses against Kremlin-backed Serbia. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5205284,00.html

Ghana-Israel toast to greater cooperation and benefits | Ghana and Israel have reaffirmed their commitments to boost relations, with Israel facilitating Ghana’s socio-economic development with its expertise in agriculture, communication, cyber security, health and other key areas in a win win situation. http://www.gbcghana.com/1.12050340

Israeli and Czech aerospace giants cooperate on new attack aircraft https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Czech-Aero-Vodochody-Israel-Aerospace-cooperate-on-light-attack-aircraft-552603

Turkey: When Ataturk Recited Shema Yisrael | “It’s My Secret Prayer, Too,” He Confessed https://www.scribd.com/document/73090487/When-Ataturk-Recited-Shema-Yisrael-It-s-My-Secret-Prayer-Too-He-Confessed
List of multinational companies with research and development centres in Israel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multinational_companies_with_research_and_development_centres_in_Israel