Nir Boms

The Internet Hate Paradox




The advent of the internet was groundbreaking, allowing half the planet—from students to scientists—access to an unparalleled amount of information and resources acquired throughout the history of time. It has become an integral part of our lives, revolutionizing trade, finance, shopping, and banking, while changing the structure of communication and furthering globalization. Today, it is estimated that over4billion people have access to the internet. There are reportedly 6,000 tweets posted every second on Twitter, totaling a whopping 500 million tweets per day. YouTube claims that 400 hours of video are added to its site per minute.  Every hour, Facebook’s roughly 2.07 billion users world wide post around 30 million messages.

The internet has given a voice to those who previously had no means of expressing themselves to a wider audience. This phenomenon was first observed in 2009, when a Moldovan student protest was organized after cell phone coverage was halted by the government. This was considered the first “Twitter revolution.”3 After the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential elections, civilians took to the streets and were able to freely post hundreds of accounts, videos, and photos of clashes that were taking place. In 2011, Egyptians were able to organize, and garner public support, via Twitter in order to bring down the government. However, despite all of these positive uses, there are inherent dangers in the flow of information. This powerful engine of communication has also become a weapon of choice for extremist groups, crime networks, and terrorists, who use it to preach hate, spread dangerous ideologies and propaganda, and incite violence.

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לישראל אסור לבגוד במורדים הסורים


התמונות האחרונות מדרום סוריה — כפרים מופצצים, פליטים בורחים ומחנות המוקמים בחופזה בסמוך לגדר הגבול עם ישראל — הביאו את רשמי המלחמה הזאת קרוב יותר אלינו. הן הזכירו תמונות אחרות, ממלחמות ישנות, שגם הן התקרבו אל גדר הגבול. המתקפה הסורית־רוסית על מחוזות דרעה וקונייטרה הפרה את סדרת ההסכמות וההבנות ששמרו על האיזון העדין באזור. הבנות אלה, שעלו שוב לדיון בפגישה האחרונה של ראש הממשלה עם הנשיא ולדימיר פוטין — פגישה שהתקיימה בעוד מזל”ט סורי חוצה את גבולה של ישראל — הפנו זרקור נוסף אל סוגיית ה”הסדרה”, המתייחסת להוצאת הכוחות הזרים, איראניים ואחרים, מסוריה, בדגש על דרום סוריה והשטחים שבסמיכות לישראל.כ

לצד השיקולים הביטחוניים והאסטרטגיים המנחים את ישראל לקראת ההסדרה הצפויה, שאגב אינה בהכרח עולה בקנה אחד עם האינטרס הישראלי — חשוב לתת את הדעת גם לממד הערכי, ולאינטרס ארוך הטווח של ישראל, שלא להצטייר כמי שהפנתה עורף למי שנשענו על עזרתה בשנים האחרונות. השלכותיה עשויות לקבוע עד כמה ישראל נתפשת — כאן, בסביבתה האסטרטגית המיידית, ובזירה הבינלאומית — כמדינה שניתן לסמוך עליה.כ

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Israel and the Southern De-escalation Zone: A Closer Look at the Israeli-Syrian Border

In mid-June, Syrian and pro-regime forces began what they see as a decisive (and long overdue) campaign in southern Syria aimed at eliminating the rebel resistance within the southern “de-escalation” zone along the Israeli and Jordanian borders. The military campaign involved substantial Syria government forces advised and assisted by Russian military and air force personnel.

The regime and its allies have demonstrated superior military power, which has already “convinced” over 30 towns to return to regime control. Some rebel-controlled cities – Busra al-Sham, the surrounding villages to its south, and al-Jieza – agreed to comply with “reconciliation agreements,” requiring the surrender of arms and removal of key rebel leaders. In contrast to previous agreements, large scale evacuations of the area are to be avoided. However, rebels who contest the deal will be evacuated to the rebel stronghold around Idlib in northeastern Syria, which remains under Turkish supervision. Following the regime and its allies’ conquest of the majority of the northeastern part of the former “reconciliation zone” in Derʿa Province, talks will focus on the remaining rebel territory in Derʿa’s western countryside and the southern half of the city. In the meantime, according to UN estimates, the battles have pushed more than 320,000 people out of their homes, mainly towards the Israeli and Jordanian borders.[1] View full post…

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Will Israel Once Again Turn its Back on Those Who Have Been on its Side?

The Dilemma of Sponsorship, from Southern Lebanon to Daraa and Quneitra

Israel may soon face a dilemma. The “arrangement” with Russia as to the future of Syria may stave-off an Iranian presence but will pose an existential danger to the groups of rebels near the border – groups which have worked closely with the IDF to prevent direct friction with hostile elements on the line of contact. It is vital that the solutions to this challenge demonstrate to future partners that Israel does not turn its back on those who have assisted it facing a common threat.

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman and Dr. Nir Boms

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