Israeli spyware firm seeks Bennett’s help after being blacklisted by the US

Israeli spy firm NSO has asked Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to support it in the face of a US decision to blacklist it for its alleged involvement in malicious activities around the world.

NSO Group CEO Shalev Hulio wrote a letter to Bennett and also sent to Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman, claiming that “the company was targeted for political reasons in a campaign by anti-Israel organizations.”

Hulio warned that “putting the company on the blacklist will greatly harm the company financially and damage its reputation, and this may lead to the dismissal of hundreds of workers,” considering that the intervention of the Israeli government “will be a prerequisite” to stop the US decision.

In this context, the Israeli Walla website reported that “senior Israeli officials met last week to discuss the matter and decided not to assist the NSO at the present time.”

However, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials reached out to their counterparts in the US State Department to express their disappointment with the way the decision to blacklist the NSO was implemented. According to Walla, Israel was not notified of the decision until an hour before the scheduled date.

The Israeli company NSO is the manufacturer of “Pegasus” devices that can spy on phones.

Source: “The Times of Israel”

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