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Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) director Nadav Argaman

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) intelligence service issued a clarification Tuesday night following a report broadcast by Hadashot TV news on an impending cyber attack by a foreign nation that intends to interfere with Israel’s upcoming national elections this April 9.

That report quoted ISA chief Nadav Argaman as saying he wasn’t able to name the attacker nor say who the hacker intended to support in the upcoming election — only that the cyber threat was indeed certain.
“In continuation of this evening’s announcements, the Israel Security Agency wishes to clarify that the State of Israel and the intelligence community have the tools and capabilities to locate, monitor and thwart attempts to influence foreign influence, if any,” the Shin Bet said in its statement following that report.

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“The Israeli defense establishment has the ability to allow for democratic and free elections in the State of Israel.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.