21 Feb, 2021

Mutual Interests: Apple & the Zionist Entity

The Israeli media, through the drama screened on its televisions, is quick to exploit scenes that prove the merit of Apple on the one hand, and to benefit from achieving material gains and other goals through its ally, Apple Inc.

Israeli propaganda for the company:

In the Israeli series "Fauda" which offends the Palestinians and their uprising, the director of the series, who is linked to Apple Inc, presents information that is misinformed and dangerous at the same time.

The series revolves around the work of special Israeli units against the Palestinian resistance, and among their tasks is to arrest or kill them. During one of the operations, one of the phones is easily spied on and the camera and microphone open, but when they need to crack the iPhone, the Israeli technicians claim that this is impossible unless the device is paired. In which the program for cracking the device is penetrated by direct connection end to end, and here a woman from the Israeli special forces disguises herself to enter a Palestinian swimming pool and infiltrates the dressing room to make the two iPhones pair in order to crack the device.

Away from the drama and "action", there is no evidence to prove the authenticity of this scene, which is clearly propaganda for the company to advertise the Iphone as "the most secure." The scene also serves as a hidden invitation for Palestinians, especially wanted persons, to carry Apple devices. It is true that this case was quickly passed on in one of the episodes, but it is intended and studied with scrutiny.

How Apple Serves Israel:

In the TV series "Tehran," "Israel" for the first time opened a window on Iranian society. However, a series that is narrated from the perspective of a Mossad agent can only give a distorted picture of the country. What's more is that it completely neglects the Iranian Jewish community and its ancient history. Moshe Zonder's TV series "Tehran" - himself the director of "Fawda" - has broken many taboos in "Israel." This is the first time that a number of Persian-speaking personalities have appeared in an Israeli production aimed at a wide audience and whose events are set outside the occupied territories.

Huge resources were mobilized in this production: transformation of the streets of Athens to resemble Tehran, actors who learnt to speak excellent Persian, costumes and decorations which looked realistic.

The series aired in Israel on June 22, 2020, and then on September 25 on Apple TV+. The story of this platform goes back to 2019 when Apple announced during its annual conference at an event held at the Steve Jobs Theater in its California Headquarters the launch of Apple TV+. The company spends billions of dollars to produce "original content" for subscribers of this service in order to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon TV and other companies that provide the on-demand service, but it will require more than just spending from Apple.

Just a few weeks ago, the Hebrew newspaper "Haaretz" reported that Apple is cooperating with Israeli TV in producing the second season of "Tehran," with filming for the season to begin in the coming months and to be broadcast at the end of 2021.

Kan TV Vice President Tal Freefeld said, "Kan 11 is pleased to announce the start of production of the second season of the thriller series Tehran [...] Therefore, the Public Broadcasting Corporation continues to consolidate its position as the home of Israeli art," adding, "It allows continuous cooperation with the massive content Apple produces for the Israeli audience, which is a starting point for local creators in the international market. Production of this size gives an additional boost to members of the local industry in such a difficult period and strengthens international recognition of the strength and uniqueness of "Israeli culture" and television.

"We are proud and excited to continue the Tehran series for a second season with the Public Broadcasting Corporation alongside the broadcast giant Apple TV +," said Dana Eden and Shula Spiegel, both of them on the production team.

With support and alliance in the background, it appears that the operations of the Israeli Mossad Foreign Intelligence Agency are no longer of a secretive character, but are exploiting the most prominent modern technology platforms such as Apple TV +, Netflix and Hulu to serve their interests, according to a report by the American newspaper "Washington Post."

The newspaper says that the details of the operations attributed to Israel are being revealed to the public. On the screen, “series whose main star was Mossad were broadcasted as if the Mossad was a cold, cruel and effective machine, and that had great success (according to the newspaper’s description), such as Tehran on Apple TV Plus, The Spy on Netflix, False Flag, which was screened first on Israeli Channel Two, then on Hulu.

According to former spies, the Israeli agency welcomed this step, and is now recruiting agents to specifically fill marketing and advertising positions on popular technology platforms and social media. The report also states that with the rapid development of military technology, the Mossad faces a major challenge.

To fill this void in cyber battlefields around the world, the Israeli intelligence agency is competing with the booming technology sector in Israel, as military veterans who previously dedicated their lives to national service are now working for profitable startups, or to establish their own companies such as Waze, Wix and Viber.

In this regard, Yossi Cohen, director of the Mossad since 2016, and a close ally of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, began a massive employment campaign, doubled electronic operations, and increased the budget allocated to it by billions of shekels, according to a report published by the Haaretz newspaper.

The recruitment campaign is witnessing an increasing presence on social media, as former spies say that the "Mossad" is quietly hosting a large group of television programs and films that would show a good side to the agency.

In this context, the Israeli director Eitan Fox pointed out that the writers and producers in Israel are "part of a cohesive society in terms of knowledge, which facilitates the creation of films that convey the image of the Mossad in a realistic manner," stressing that he consulted friends in the agency about his upcoming series, which talks about an American immigrant spy in Israel.

The on-screen image of the Mossad is part of a broader type of war drama that helped make Israel a major source for films and TV shows. It culminated in 2010, when Hulu aired the Israeli series "Hatufim" which refers to the return of three Israelis who were detained in Lebanon. In addition, in 2016, Netflix aired the series "Fauda", which shows Israeli operations in the occupied West Bank. In 2019, actor Sacha Baron Cohen starred in the thriller "Spy" that was shown on Netflix about a legendary "Mossad" agent who helped gather intelligence that led to Israel's victory in the 1967 war and then was exposed, tortured and hanged in a public square in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Later, actress Uma Thurman announced that she would participate in the new American version of the Israeli thriller series "False Flag," which narrates the events of the assassination of the military leader of Hamas "Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh" in 2010. As for the most "objective" of them all, according to the "Washington Post," is "Tehran" which was broadcasted on Apple TV +.

Perhaps what has been presented above, especially with the scarcity of information, is not sufficient by itself to highlight the depth of the relationship between Apple and Israel, but it clarifies the motives of the latter. While the company has many reasons not to disclose it, but the bottom line describes them to be "two sides of the same coin."