We’ve written before about the delights Europeans miss when they boycott Israeli products. From wine and olive oil to Gal Gadot and Itzak Perlman, they know very well what they’re missing.
Shortly after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, and nearly a year before terrorists killed 130 in coordinated strikes that rocked the City of Light, French security officials rejected an Israeli company’s offer of terrorist-tracking software that could have helped them flag the deadly terror cell, a security expert said.
The offer of data-mining technology that would allow French authorities to “connect all the dots” in the Islamist extremist community was made to the Directorate-General for Internal Security, France’s main intelligence agency. It is used to analyze and match up fragmented intelligence reports from several national and international databases, giving counter-terrorism agents the most up-to-date information on potential terrorists available.
The overture was rejected.
“French authorities liked it, but the official came back and said there was a higher-level instruction not to buy Israeli technology,” a well-placed Israeli counter-terror specialist familiar with the technology and the company behind it told FoxNews.com. “The discussion just stopped.”
Jews have become accustomed to that, over the millennia. They don’t take it personally.
“Government agencies struggling to foil terror attacks need access to technologies that allow them to connect their data fragments, making it possible to handle daily data challenges,” the source said. “With this system, all data can then be easily navigated, processed and represented by employing a set of powerful analytic tools and unique algorithms.”
The offer followed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to work closely with Europe on enhancing security in the wake of the Brussels attacks, taken in Israel as a call for intelligence and technology sharing.
“In Paris or Brussels or San Bernardino or Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, terror must be condemned equally and it must be fought equally,” Netanyahu said. “Israel stands ready to cooperate with all the nations in this great struggle.”
Alas, not all nations agree.
“The European Union has blamed Israel for everything that is happening in the Middle East and stopped cooperation in regards to military, law enforcement and intelligence training and banning university cooperation which [generates] much of the technology to fight terrorism,” said Itamar Gelbman, a former IDF Special Forces and who is now a counter-terrorism consultant.
What Europeans (and a good many Americans, especially in the Left) willfully ignore is that the Arab-Israeli conflict is not just political or territorial, but religious—at least among the Muslims. Read or listen to Arab media at Palestinian Media Watch or MEMRI: they’re not shy. Indeed, what could drive such hatred or incitement to annihilation but religious fervor?
But when are politics and territory absent from the religion of Islam? Shariah is the application of Islamic law to the everyday world. There is no separation of mosque and state: the mosque is the state; the state is an extension of the mosque. When the irresistible force of Islam meets the immovable object of European statism, no wonder the explosions have been so big.
The recent spate of terror attacks on European soil could bring about a resurgence in investment with Israeli tech and intelligence companies, given its undisputed status as a global leader in the field.
“Israel has been facing terror threats since its inception in 1948,” said Gilles Perez, manager of HLS & Aerospace Unit at the Israel Export Institute. “In the 1970s, it was Israel’s national airline that pioneered the concept of an undercover security officer on every commercial flight long before it was adopted by other countries after September 11, almost 40 years later.”
Less than a week after the attacks in Brussels, Belgian law enforcement bought advanced surveillance and rapid view technology from Israeli company BriefCam. The technology is already in use at the Statue of Liberty and various U.S. airports, said President and CEO Dror Irani.
Israel’s tech and security sector has long been an incubator for anti-terror solutions, say experts. The more France and Europe in general are threatened, the more willing they may be to work with companies based in the Jewish state.
“Israel is leading the field in counter-terrorism technology, but it’s not a popular country,” said Ari Zoldan, CEO of technology and e-commerce firm Quantum Network. “It is unlikely that Israel will suddenly become popular, but the need for better national security will force people to work with Israeli solutions.”
No country has been more infected by Leftism than France. No country has more Muslims than France. Both groups are overtly hostile to Israel and Jews (to which the aliyah numbers from France attest). Nothing against my Leftist and Muslim friends, but the consequences of those facts have left France in merde profonde.
PS: Who is Gal Gadot? So glad you asked: