Israel currently ranks 3rd strongest AI ecosystem in the world. Image from the Cybertech startup pavilion (Credit: Gilad Kavalerchik)

A.I. Superpower in the Making

Eight years after the launching of the cybernetic project that established the State of Israel as a global cyber superpower, a new national plan is currently under development. Its objective is to position Israel within the world's top five artificial intelligence leaders. The path to achieving this goal, at least for now, looks promising

Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen (PR photo: Tamir Bargig)

IsraelDefense’s Best of the Year: The Mossad

As the Jewish year comes to a close, the IsraelDefense staff picks the most influential or noteworthy people or entities in the defense realm this year. Amir Rapaport chose the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. Special project

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman with IDF Chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot (Photo: AP)

The Race is On: Who will be the Next IDF Chief?

The race for the IDF Chief of Staff's position seems to be progressing "by the book": The Minister of Defense has already interviewed the four candidates, and the Prime Minister will interview them very soon. But contrary to prevailing impressions, the race is not really wide open. Amir Rapaport’s weekly column

The riots along the Gaza border fence opposite the celebrations of the Syrian army reentering Quneitra (Photo: AP)

On the Other Side of the Fence

Between the tension opposite Hamas in the south and the situation along the border with Syria, Amir Rapaport attempts to examine Israel's policy through the perspective of Hamas in Gaza and Iran in Syria

Arson kite flyers in Gaza (Photo: IDF)

Fire Weaver vs. Arson Terror

The events of the last week in the south indicate that Israel and the Palestinians have embarked on a path of no return leading to a full head-on collision. Also, Israel seeks to position itself as a global power in the field of 'intelligent systems,' and the US faces a dilemma regarding the sale of F-35 stealth fighters to Turkey. Amir Rapaport's weekly column

Photo: Israel Defense

Record Number of Israeli Exhibitors at Eurosatory 2018

Seventy-three Israeli industries exhibited their products and services in one of the most important defense exhibitions in the world. Fifty-two of those companies presented their technologies at the Israeli National Pavilion. The Head of IMOD’s SIBAT, Brig. Gen. (res.) Michel Ben-Baruch: “Our advantage opposite the superpowers is in our quality and cutting-edge technology.” Special coverage from Paris

President Trump at the Singapore summit (Photo: AP)

The US-North Korea Summit: Implications for Israel

As far as the Israeli intelligence agencies are concerned, the historic summit between Trump and Kim is interesting primarily because of the impact on the Iranian nuclear program. Meanwhile, the European market has reawakened and now shows a lot of interest in the Israeli industries. Amir Rapaport's weekly column

Israeli armored vehicles take up positions along the border with the Gaza Strip (Photo: AP)

Seven Remarks Regarding the Latest Round of Fighting in Gaza

The current cycle in the southern sector is the outcome of the failure of the attempts by Hamas and Islamic Jihad to achieve a significant effect through their "March of Return" and penetration attempts; one more accomplishment for the Iron Dome interception system, and all eyes are once again on the northern sector. Amir Rapaport with a few insights as another tense week ends