Israel signs $3.1billion defense deal with U.S. for purchase of helicopters, planes

Israel has signed a deal with the United States to buy 12 Lockheed Martin Corp CH-53K helicopters and two Boeing Co KC-46 refuelling planes, the Israeli Defence Ministry said on Friday, estimating the total price at around $3.1 billion. The deal, signed on Thursday, is part of an upgrade of Israel’s air force capabilities and… Read More Israel signs $3.1billion defense deal with U.S. for purchase of helicopters, planes

Apple files lawsuit against Israeli cyber firm NSO Group over spying allegations

Apple Inc said on Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against Israeli cyber firm NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies for alleged surveillance and targeting of U.S. Apple users with its Pegasus spyware. The iPhone maker said it is also seeking to ban NSO Group from using any Apple software, services or devices… Read More Apple files lawsuit against Israeli cyber firm NSO Group over spying allegations

U.S., Israel launch joint task force to tackle ransomware attacks

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Sunday it will partner with Israel to combat ransomware, with the two countries launching a joint task force to address cybersecurity. The task force will develop a memorandum of understanding supporting information sharing related to the financial sector, including cybersecurity regulations and threat intelligence, the Treasury Department said. The… Read More U.S., Israel launch joint task force to tackle ransomware attacks

U.S. blacklists Israeli cyber firm NSO Group, three others

The U.S. Commerce Department added Israel’s NSO Group and Candiru to its trade blacklist on Wednesday, saying they sold spyware to foreign governments that used the equipment to target government officials, journalists and others. Positive Technologies of Russia, and Computer Security Initiative Consultancy PTE. LTD, from Singapore, were also listed. The Department said they trafficked… Read More U.S. blacklists Israeli cyber firm NSO Group, three others

Israeli rightist lawmaker Nir Barkat seeks to outlaw reinauguration of U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem

An Israeli right-wing opposition legislator is seeking to outlaw the planned reopening of a U.S. mission in Jerusalem that has traditionally been a base for diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians. Israel’s new cross-partisan government led by nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also opposes the reinauguration of the consulate, potentially buoying Likud lawmaker Nir Barkat’s effort… Read More Israeli rightist lawmaker Nir Barkat seeks to outlaw reinauguration of U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem

Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid visits Bahrain

Bahrain hosted the Israeli foreign minister on Thursday for the highest-level visit since the countries established ties last year andwhich included a tour of a U.S. naval headquarters to signal common cause against Iran. Landing in Manama on a plane daubed with an olive branch painting, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met King Hamad bin Isa… Read More Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid visits Bahrain

U.S. approves sale of heavy lift helicopters to Israel

The U.S. State Department said on Friday it has approved the potential sale of 18 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters to Israel in a deal valued at up to $3.4 billion. The package would include engines, navigation systems, weaponry, support equipment, spares and technical support. Lockheed Martin Corp and General Electric Co are the prime contractors… Read More U.S. approves sale of heavy lift helicopters to Israel

U.S. sends envoy to mediate in Israel, Palestine crisis

The United States dispatched a senior diplomat on Wednesday to urge Israelis and Palestinians to calm the worst flare-up in violence between them in years, which has appeared to catch the Biden administration off guard as it pursued other priorities. In remarks welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended Israel’s… Read More U.S. sends envoy to mediate in Israel, Palestine crisis