ISRAEL - Personal Info of Israeli Security Officials Leaked

Arno Froese

Anti-Israel activists claimed that they had published the personal information of high-ranking Israeli officials on a Persian-language Telegram channel.

The group, known as Justice for Palestine, began publishing the information of a number of officials from the Mossad, IDF and Shin Bet, in mid-October, including phone numbers, addresses, ID numbers and photos.

The charter of the group stated that it is an “international popular network of freedmen, gentlemen and supporters of justice and the oppressed and homeless in the world.” The group added that it is focused on “fighting oppression and oppressors,” and would do so by identifying and revealing the identities of officials they see as oppressors.

On October 17, the Justice for Palestine group referred to the leak of Shin Bet head Ronen Bar’s identity and personal information before his name was revealed by Israeli authorities, saying that it would leak even more info.

It is unclear how the information was obtained and if all the information released by the group is accurate. A search on a reverse phone number lookup app showed that some of the phone numbers released matched the names they allegedly belonged to.

It is also unclear if the group is entirely Iranian, although messages in the group are published in Persian. A report on the group was published by the Fars News Agency.

[Recently,] a hacker group called Moses Staff claimed that it had successfully conducted a cyberattack on the Israeli Defense Ministry, releasing files and photos it claims it obtained from the ministry’s servers.

-www.jpost.com, 8 November 2021

Arno's Commentary

Today’s information explosion has revealed something unknown heretofore. Computer hackers have, in many cases, been successful in exfiltrating sealed and secured documents and data files, all without travel to the target countries or using weapons of destruction; it’s all online. It was found that a number of “phone numbers released matched the names they allegedly belonged to.” That is serious. 

Relying on the past, we know that Israel had always been one or two steps ahead of such developments. In some cases, information apparently harmful to the state was released on purpose to test the reaction of potential enemies. 

One thing is clear: their target is exclusively Israel. The group states they are an “international popular network of freedmen, gentlemen, and supporters of justice and the oppressed and homeless in the world.” If that were true, then they have their work cut out in quite a number of countries such as Myanmar, Venezuela, Nigeria, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and many more.

Regarding Israel, it is the only functioning, civilized democracy in all the Middle East. The most effective advice to these and other groups who claim to be “fighting oppression and oppressors”: go to those places and do the work you claim to do. 

For Israel, we quote the words of Joel 2:21: “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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