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NSO Blacklisting Shows Israel’s Cyber Diplomacy Is a Double-edged Sword

Omer Benjakob
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Omer Benjakob

The news that Israeli cyberfirms NSO Group and Candiru have been blacklisted by the United States for selling advanced, if not “military-grade,” spyware tools and services shows that Israel’s cyber diplomacy is a double-edged sword.

It has long been suggested that the Abraham Accords were made possible not only thanks to the political acumen of then-U.S. President Donald Trump, the diplomatic charms of his son-in-law Jared Kushner and the keen sense of shifts in the global balance of power by then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rather, Israel providing Gulf and Arab states with access to the services provided by the likes of NSO and Candiru may have helped pave the way for the normalization of ties.

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