ISRAEL - The Race to Become Quantum Superpower

Arno Froese

Israel is aiming to ensure its military superiority with an investment in quantum technology.

The Defense Ministry announced a NIS 100 million investment in an innovative research fund focused on quantum computing. 

The money is being provided equally from the ministry and the Council for Higher Education.

First announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the project is a collaboration between the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT), the Higher Education Committee and the Israel Science Foundation, and will help enhance Israel’s intelligence gathering capacity.

A quantum computer works with particles that can be in superposition—two or more quantum states added together to become another one. Rather than representing bits, such particles would represent qubits, which can take on the value 0, or 1, or both simultaneously. This allows these computers to solve problems that current computers cannot, and could have important defense applications, such as allowing the military to break complex encryption and cryptographic codes used to protect military secrets.

“If you have a quantum computer, you could decipher encrypted messages,” Dr. Liat Maoz, a strategic consultant working with Israel’s Council for Higher Education, told The Jerusalem Post. “Most encryptions are very, very hard to decipher, but quantum computers would be able to decipher them much quicker.”

She said quantum communications would also allow for a completely secure communications line.

“Anyone who tries to eavesdrop on a call that is on a quantum communication line would be immediately discovered,” Maoz said.

“The global race is already underway and various countries are investing huge sums in developing the field—and if we do not run forward, the State of Israel will be left behind,” said Prof. Yaffa Zilbershatz, chairwoman of the Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee.

[In 2017], China announced that it would be building the world’s largest quantum research facility in the Hefei province. Costing over $10 billion, the 370,000 sq.m. laboratory is expected to be completed by 2020 and will see Chinese scientists work toward major advances in quantum technology in areas including computers, sensors and cryptography.

In the United States, the National Quantum Initiative Act proposes spending some $1.275 billion over five years to support research and development in the field, a substantial increase from the $200 million that the US has been spending on the topic until now.

MAFAT head Brig.-Gen. (res.) Dr. Danny Gold said that “Israel knows how to provide creative solutions to the complex challenges facing the defense establishment.

“Israel, which has become a superpower in cyberspace, is looking at quantum as a strategic goal to become a major player in the global market,” he said.

Arno's commentary

One would think that only the superpowers of China, the USA, Russia, or the EU would be able to develop such amazing, previously unknown technology. But as the introductory statement of the article we quoted from shows, defense is a necessity: “Israel is aiming to ensure its military superiority with an investment in quantum technology.”

There is little doubt in our minds that Israel will become the world’s primary source of such technology; particularly when you consider that this small nation, geographically located in the heart of hostile nations and groups, will use its brain power effectively to ensure its survival in the first place, and its superiority in the second place.

From a Biblical perspective, it’s already done and over, and that long before the modern State of Israel in 1948. Moses, at the end of his life, made a unilateral declaration in Deuteronomy 33:29: “Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.”

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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