Israeli — not Chinese — firm caught exporting its “authoritarian model”

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Ethan Paul

“Politicians and pundits in Washington have long warned that China is seeking to erode global democracy and ‘export its authoritarian model,’ but the culprit behind explosive spy revelations this week appears to be America’s closest military ally in the Middle East. A private Israeli surveillance firm has been selling spyware to several governments for use in terrorism and criminal investigations, but some have turned it on journalists, activists, business executives, and politicians …. What ideology is one of America’s closest military and political partners exporting when it sells Pegasus to rights-abusing regimes with limited oversight? Was the U.S. government aware of this practice, and if so, for how long? What will the U.S. and its coalition of democracies do to hold Israel accountable for eroding global democratic norms?” (07/20/21)