In Spyware Case, Defense Minister Says Israel Complies with International Law

(Times of Israel) Amy Spiro - Responding to reports that Israel's NSO Group has been selling spyware that was used by foreign governments to target journalists and activists, Defense Minister Benny Gantz asserted Tuesday that Israel operates fully within international law. "We are aware of recent publications regarding the use of systems developed in certain Israeli cyber companies," said Gantz. "Israel, as a liberal Western democracy, controls exports of cyber products in accordance with its defense export control law, complying with international export control regimes." "As a matter of policy, the State of Israel authorizes the export of cyber products solely to governments, only for lawful use, and exclusively for the purposes of preventing and investigating crime and terrorism. The countries acquiring these systems must abide by their commitments to these requirements. We are currently studying the information that is published on the subject."

2021-07-22 00:00:00

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