Israel losing edge in technology ‘war’ with Iran, IDF intel head warns

The country’s top army intelligence officer has reportedly said Israel and Iran are engaged in a technological “war,” with the Jewish state slowly losing its qualitative edge over the Islamic Republic.

Speaking during a private lecture at a Tel Aviv conference, Halevi said Iran’s higher education system was leapfrogging Israel’s, churning out more new scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Right now, Israel has the upper hand, he said. But “Iran is closing in on it,” he said. “Since the 1979 revolution, the number of universities and university students in Iran has increased twenty-fold, compared with three and a half times for Israel.”

“If you ask me whether we’ll have a war with Iran over the next 10 years, I’ll give you a surprising answer: We are already at war with Iran,” Halevi said. “We’re having a technological war with Iran. Our engineers are fighting Iranian engineers, today, and it will become increasingly significant.”

Iran has in recent years unveiled a number of homemade armaments, including new missiles that can reach Israel and beyond with large payloads.

Halevi cautioned that Israel’s next war will likely exact more civilian casualties than past conflicts.

“The next war will be much worse for the home front,” Halevi said. “In the Yom Kippur War there was one home-front casualty; a FROG missile struck the pilots’ quarters of the Ramat David air base. It was the only casualty on the home front. All the rest were military.”

“All of us, including me and each of you, have for the past month been brainwashing ourselves when we watch those stabbing videos over and over, creating a level of anxiety that, had everyone in the War of Independence been watching the videos of Latrun, San Simon or Nitzanim, it’s not certain that we would have been able to keep going.”

He said victories in modern warfare are measured by psychological, rather than territorial, gains.

“Twenty years ago, if you had an intelligence accomplishment you were set for the next five to seven years. Today you might have worked really hard, risking people’s lives, making all sorts of moves. You got something, but with the speed at which our world operates and the speed at which technology changes,” the information more quickly becomes irrelevant, he said.

Full article: Israel losing edge in technology ‘war’ with Iran, IDF intel head warns (The Times of Israel)

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