The Israeli government has vowed to launch an “electronic war » against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, including monitoring, tracking and thwarting their activities in cyber space, as well as attacking it with « special sophisticated tools ».
Israel Hayom newspaper reported:
« Israel is facing a campaign to de-legitimise it. It penetrates into a certain extent; up to the secretary-general of the United Nations, » noting that it is a new battle in its « own stadium: the cyber space ».
It quoted the Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan, as saying that the statements of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, during which he called for ending the occupation of the Palestinian territory, contributes to « distorting Israeli image globally ».
During the Cyber Tech Conference 2016, held in Tel Aviv, Erdan added: “BDS should be forced to defend themselves and not to attack Israel, » noting that his government has allocated more than 100 million shekels ($25 million) for its « electronic war ».
The head of the Institute for National Security Studies, General Amos Yadlin, said: « The most dangerous country in the Middle East is the state of Facebook. »
« Those who will lead the United States in 20 years’ time are learning today in universities where anti-Israel propaganda exists.”