U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel thwarted nearly 50 ISIS terror attacks. Netanyahu attributed this success to intelligence coordination efforts between the U.S. and Israel in the cyber realm, while addressing a crowd at Tel Aviv University’s Cyber Week conference.

Although he did not disclose specific details, Netanyahu gave one example.


“The plane from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was not going to be hijacked but exploded in midair,” he said. “We used our cyber tools to discover that ISIS was going to do this, and so we alerted the Australian police and they stopped it before it could happen.”

“If you multiply that 50 times, that will give you an idea of the contribution that Israel has made to prevent major terrorist operations, especially from ISIS, in dozens of countries and most of those cases were foiled because of our activities in cybersecurity,” he added.

Netanyahu attributed the success to Israel’s military intelligence apparatus’s, the Mossad and Shin Bet. Further, cooperation between Israel and the U.S. added to the success and played a major role in preventing such attacks from happening. He said the attacks had the potential to harm the world, not just the U.S. and Israel.


Earlier this week, Senior Advisor to President Trump Jared Kushner publicly announced his Middle East peace plan in Bahrain. Kushner’s plan includes the peace and security of both the Israeli and Palestinian people. It’s a critical time for both Israel and the U.S. who are also facing continued threats from a common foreign adversary Iran.