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Russian hackers are not the problem in the Israeli elections | Ynet News |

Opinion: The real danger of misleading the public lies in entirely home-made, Israeli campaigns, concocted in the wild imaginations of a multitude of PR advisors.

Earlier this week, Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman warned against the meddling of a foreign country in the April elections, by spreading false information on social media or by breaching the computers that process the voting information. His statement made headlines, but it seems this should be last on our list of concerns regarding possible intervention in the upcoming elections.

How can Russian elements really intervene in the Israeli elections?

American intelligence agencies describe the Russian hackers methods -- through which Moscow sought to influence the 2016 US elections--as having three stages. The first was disguising themselves as Americans and spreading false information on social media. It was a primitive operation, they used poor English and the so-called informative pieces they posted were exaggerated, and actually had zero influence on the American public.

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The real danger of misleading the public lies in entirely home-made, Israeli campaigns, concocted in the wild imaginations of a multitude of PR advisors. Was it the Russians who in 2015 released a video of Benjamin Netanyahu saying that "Arab voters are going to the polls in droves"? Did Russian bots flood the voting stations with notes saying "A Mizrachi votes for a Mizrachi"? And let's not forget late president Shimon Peres' "Arab mother," invented a long time before the internet overran campaigns.

Too bad US Democrats are not as level-headed as the Israeli columnist ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 11:49:26 AM EST

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