ISRAEL - Spy Agency Must Stop Wireless Phone Tracking

Arno Froese

Israel’s government must stop using its domestic security agency to tackle the novel coronavirus by tracking mobile phone data, the head of a parliamentary committee said.

The government had controversially approved Shin Bet’s use of surveillance as an emergency measure in mid-March as mounting numbers of Israelis tested positive for the Covid-19 illness.

The specifics were kept secret, but security officials said the agency tracked the movements of virus carriers through their phones.

“As of midnight today, it will not be legal to use the Shin Bet to locate phones as part of the battle against the coronavirus,” said Zvi Hauser, chairman of the parliamentary foreign and defense committee.

Israel, which has a population of around nine million, announced its first coronavirus patient on February 21.

Since then it has confirmed more than 18,180 cases, including 299 deaths.

Earlier, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman told members of a ministerial committee he was against his agency being involved in coronavirus tracking, a security official said.

The spy agency’s surveillance program had raised concerns about patient privacy and Israel’s adherence to democratic norms., 10 June 2020

Arno's commentary

This result is considered to be a plus point for Israel’s working democracy. Individual privacy must be protected. To what extent Shin-Bet’s surveillance was helpful has not been determined. But, at this point in time, they have been ordered to cease the practice.

Nevertheless, privacy concerns will in the end be superseded by total control. Everyone on planet earth will be registered, with all the pertinent information available to whoever has the final control of such data. Bible prophecy will and must be fulfilled; the whole world will lie in total darkness after the light of the world and the salt of earth has been removed—that is, with the departure of the Church at the Rapture.

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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