21 January 2020

Israel

Snowden warns Israelis of dangers of state surveillance

KONFRONTASI - US whistle-blower Edward Snowden urged Israelis to be on guard against heavy-handed government and private surveillance in a speech on Tuesday.

Snowden, a former government contractor, blew the lid off the United States' vast surveillance programme in 2013, triggering an international debate on the mass spying by governments.

The US whistleblower highlighted Israel's hi-tech capabilities but warned that accepting too much government surveillance and too easily acceding to the argument that it is needed for security reasons posed serious risks.

"If we can allow ourselves to be terrorised by someone with nothing but a knife, to reorder our societies for the convenience of state power ... we've stopped being citizens and we've started being subjects," said Snowden, who spoke via video link from an undisclosed location in Moscow.

The 35-year-old also spoke of the NSO Group, the Israel-based company known for its Pegasus spyware.

Israeli army wounds 'iconic' Palestinian protester

KONFRONTASI-Israeli soldiers have wounded a young Palestinian man whose photo has become recognised worldwide as a symbol of Palestinian resistance.

With a Palestinian flag in one hand and a slingshot poised in the other, the photo of 22-year-old A'ed Abu Amro has drawn comparisons with the iconic French Revolution painting, Liberty Leading the People.

Israeli air raid kills three Palestinian boys in Gaza

KONFRONTASI-Three Palestinian boys aged between 13 and 14 have been killed in an Israeli air strike in the southeastern Gaza Strip near the fence with Israel, according to health officials.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the health ministry in the besieged enclave, identified the children as Khaled Bassam Mahmoud Abu Saeed, 14; Abdul Hameed Mohammed Abdul Aziz Abu Zaher, 13; and Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullah al-Sutari, 13.

He said ambulances brought their bodies to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Israel Dilaporkan Jual Senjata Mata-mata Canggih ke Saudi

KONFRONTASI -  Israel dilaporkan menjual senjata mata-mata canggih kepada Arab Saudi dengan nilai kesepakatan USD250 juta atau lebih dari Rp3,8 triliun. Kesepakatan itu tercapai dalam pertemuan rahasia kedua pihak.

Laporan transfer teknologi spionase tersebut dirilis media Uni Emirat Arab, Al-Khaleejpada hari Minggu.

Negara Ilegal Israel Dihujani 16 Roket Gaza, 10 Dihalau Iron Dome

KONFRONTASI -  Sebanyak 16 roket yang ditembakkan dari Jalur Gaza menghujani wilayah Israel selatan, semalam. Dari belasan roket itu, sepuluh di antaranya berhasil dihalau sistem pertahanan rudal Iron Dome.

Jet F-35 AS dan Israel Mengudara Lagi usai Dikandangkan Massal

KONFRONTASI -  Pesawat-pesawat jet tempur siluman F-35 Amerika Serikat (AS) dan Israel dioperasikan lagi setelah pekan lalu dikandangkan secara keseluruhan karena ada temuan kerusakan pada tabung bahan bakar.

Kerusakan pada tabung bahan bakar itulah yang jadi penyebab jatuhnya satu pesawat F-35 Amerika di South Carolina, 28 September lalu.
 

Iran dismisses Netanyahu's 'secret atomic warehouse' claim

KONFRONTASI-Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed Israeli claims that Tehran 'has a secret atomic warehouse'.

In a tweet on Friday, Zarif derided as an "arts and crafts show" the allegation made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Displaying maps and a photo of an outwardly "innocent looking compound", Netanyahu said Iran has been keeping 300 tonnes of nuclear equipment and material in a property near its capital.

Rusia Transfer Rudal S-300, Israel Pikir Dua Kali Serang Suriah

KONFRONTASI-Transfer sistem rudal pertahanan S-300 yang sedang disiapkan Rusia kepada Suriah akan membuat Israel berpikir dua kali sebelum menyerang wilayah Suriah. Komentar ini disampaikan Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri Suriah Faisal Mekdad.

Menurutnya, Damaskus hanya akan menggunakan sistem rudal canggih itu jika terjadi serangan di wilayahnya.

"Israel, yang telah terbiasa melakukan serangan dengan berbagai dalih, sekarang harus menimbang dan memikirkan kembali sebelum menyerang lagi," kata Mekdad kepada kantor berita Xinhua.

Israel Tolak Hentikan Operasi Militer di Suriah

KONFRONTASI-Menteri Luar Negeri Israel, Avigdor Lieberman menegaskan, Israel tidak akan menghentikan operasi militer di Suriah, meskipun adanya insiden yang mengakibatkan jatuhnya pesawat pengintai Rusia di negara itu.

Kementerian Luar Negeri Rusia menyalahkan Israel atas insiden ditembak jatuhnya pesawat pesawat Il-20. Moskow menyebut, Israel menyesatkan pihak Rusia dengan memberikan informasi yang salah tentang area serangan udara yang direncanakan di Suriah pada 17 September, sehingga pesawat Il-20 Rusia tidak bisa berpindah ke tempat yang aman.

Rusia-Israel Memanas, Tel Aviv Menolak Disalahkan atas Tragedi Il-20

KONFRONTASI -   Perseteruan antara Israel dan Rusia memanas setelah Tel Aviv menolak disalahkan Moskow atas tragedi jatuhnya pesawat mata-mata Il-20 di Suriah yang menewaskan 15 tentara Moskow. Moskow tetap anggap Tel Aviv bersalah dengan menjadikan pesawat mata-mata itu sebagai tameng jet-jet tempur F-16 Israel dari tembakan sistem rudal S-200 Suriah di Latakia.

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