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The ceremony for the signing of the Abraham Accords with the UAE and Bahrain in Washington in September 2020. Photo:  REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Opposition in Senate to progress in sale of F-35 to UAE

The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and another senator submitted legislation aimed at authorizing congressional oversight of the sale, and actually trying to stop it. A senator said Congress has an obligation to "ensure that weapons sales to foreign governments don’t undermine Israel’s military edge"

The blocking of a road in Tehran during the protests in November 2019. Photo: Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

European sanctions imposed on head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards

The European Union imposed sanctions over violation of human rights in the brutal suppression of protests against the regime that took place in the country at the end of 2019. According to various reports, between 300 and 1,500 people were killed 

The supercomputer in Wuxi is presented for the first time in 2017. Photo: Reuters

The tech front: America against China's supercomputers 

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the addition of seven supercomputer entities to its economic blacklist.  Secretary Raimondo: supercomputing capabilities are vital for developing weapons and national security systems, and that the department will prevent China from leveraging U.S. technologies for those efforts  

American Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Defense

U.S. Secretary of Defense arrives in Israel 

Amid tensions over the indirect nuclear talks with Iran, Austin will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Gantz. The Secretary will then travel to Germany, Belgium and Britain "to discuss the importance of international defense relationships, and reinforce the United States’ commitment"

The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, together with Cybertech Founder Amir Rapaport during the conference in Dubai this week, Photo: Cybertech 

"The spirit of cyber came to Dubai"

That was how the Founder of Cybertech, Amir Rapaport, summed up the Cybertech Global conference held this week in Dubai. The historic conference, in which Israeli and Emirati experts in the cyber field shared the stage for the first time, received extensive media coverage and was crowned a great success 

Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, in Khartoum, in January 2021. Photo from Eli Cohen's Twitter page

After 63 years, Sudan ends boycott against Israel

The government cabinet decided to repeal the boycott law as an additional step for the expansion of ties between the countries. Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen called it "an important and necessary step toward the signing of a peace accord". There is also progress in Sudan's relations with the United States 

General (Ret.) Wesley Clark at Cybertech Global - UAE Dubai, screenshot

“We’re on the brink of an enormous cyber catastrophe”

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General (Ret.) Wesley Clark, speaks at the Cybertech Global conference in Dubai about cyberattacks as a new warfare that could shut down entire countries. “This is a wakeup call,” he says.