The Israeli Defense Minister is in Paris to follow up on the “Pegasus” scandal |


Jerusalem – Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s office announced Tuesday that he will meet with his French counterpart Florence Parly in Paris this week for “follow-up” talks on the Pegasus spying scandal.

The minister’s office said in a statement that Gantz will leave on Wednesday to hold talks with Barley that include the Lebanese crisis, nuclear negotiations with Iran and the “Pegasus” program developed by the Israeli company “NSO”.

Gantz’s visit to Paris comes after the Israeli government opened an investigation, last Wednesday, to examine the fact that the aforementioned spyware was used to track state leaders and opponents around the world.

The Defense Ministry said Israel had set up a committee to review allegations of misuse of the Pegasus software, including the export licensing mechanism.

NSO’s exports require Department of Defense approvals due to the sensitive nature of the sector.

And there were reports that the Pegasus program targeted French President Emmanuel Macron, who was forced to change his phone number.

Israeli media reported that Macron had asked Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for clarifications about the Israeli spying programme.

She added that Macron expressed his dissatisfaction with the matter and asked to make sure that Israel takes the issue of “Pegasus” seriously.

According to the same sources, Bennett promised Macron to investigate the matter and draw the required results soon, stressing that the espionage occurred before he took office.

For its part, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said that France wanted to know if Tel Aviv had already opened an investigation against the company that was involved in the espionage program.

Pegasus is at the center of a global espionage scandal that is suspected of involving journalists, human rights defenders and 14 heads of state.

The Amnesty International report indicates that the “Pegasus” system has penetrated thousands of phones of modern types

The organization called for a temporary moratorium on the sale and use of spying techniques, saying that allegations that governments used software supplied by an Israeli company to spy on journalists, activists and heads of state “exposed a global human rights crisis.”

The NGO warned of the “devastating impact of the unregulated spyware industry on human rights in the world”.

The Paris-based Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International obtained a list of 50,000 phone numbers believed to be for people chosen by the Israeli company’s agents to monitor them since 2016. It was shared on Sunday by a group of 17 international media outlets, including the French newspapers Le Monde and The Guardian. Britain and the Washington Post.

Once downloaded to the target’s phone, Pegasus allows you to view messages, photos, and contacts, and activate the microphone and camera remotely.

Pegasus’ supposed targets include 180 journalists, 600 politicians, 85 human rights activists and at least 65 businessmen.

The CEO of the Israeli private company Shalev Julio confirmed that his company exports its technologies intended for use in combating terrorism and other crimes to 45 countries with the approval of the government.


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