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Israel freezes spyware exports

Israel's Defense Ministry has taken multiple steps to control the exportation of spyware, but the Pegasus affair continues to grow in Israel and abroad. 
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Pegasus developer NSO has warned the Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist today that it will take legal action if the outlet does not back away from reports published earlier this morning. Calcalist claims that Pegasus clients were able to erase records of some of their usage of the spyware. Two days earlier, Calcalist revealed a long list of politicians, activists and journalists the police allegedly spied upon by eavesdropping on their phones. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett vowed to get to the bottom of the issue while Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev said he would seek a government commission of inquiry.

Israel's domestic Pegasus affair will not die down anytime soon and will continue to wreck havoc in Israeli politics and democracy while the country is still also grappling with the international Pegasus scandal at great diplomatic cost.

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