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Computer fraud in the 2015 election in Israel? Shin-Bet Head Nadav Argaman is asked to clarify

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False and misleading FOIA response by the Central Election Committee states that the Shin-Bet examined and certified "Democracy" - the Committee's IT system. Successive State Ombudsman's reports documented critical security failures in "Democracy"" Shin-Bet Head Nadav Argaman is asked to confirm or refute the Committee's claims regarding Shin-Bet certification of "Democracy".

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Figure 1: Saturday, September 24, 2016, screen prints from the Central Election Committee's web site, as published by activists, who routinely monitor the site. The election returns shown here are from a single polling station. The results of the 2013 general election (right) were adulterated, and are patently false, showing an exact copy of the 2015 general election returns (left), including parties that did not even exist in 2013. The Committee's FOIA response failed to answer: Under whose authority information is published on the Committee's web site?


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Figure 2: Netanyahu, departing Shin-Bet Head Yoram Cohen and incoming Shin-Bet Head Nadav Argaman in May 2016.


Figure 3:The 2015 general election results, as published by the Central Election Committee. The alleged computer election fraud in 2015 added 4 or more mandates (out of 120) to Netanyahu's Likud party (Blue -- 30 mandate). The Zionist Alliance came in second (brown -- 24 mandates) and the Arab United Front came in third (grey -- 13 mandates). Netanyahu's election win defied all up to the last minute pollsters' predictions. Initial report alleging computer fraud was published by the Daily Kos a few days after the election.


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Figure 4: Attorney Orly Adas, CEO of the Central Election Committee, in a promotional photo towards the 2015 election in front of a room-full of computers. According to CEO Adas and the Committee's FOIA Officer Elad Naveh, the Committee's "Democracy" IT system was examined and certified by the Shin-Bet. In contrast, the State Ombudsman report on the 2015 election documents critical security failures in "Democracy", and further notes that the same critical failures had already been documented in his 2013 report, but had not been fixed...


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Figure 5: July 2016 ceremony, launching of the Technion's new, publicly-funded Cyber Security Research Center. From left: Prof Peretz Lavie -- Technion President, Eviatar Matania, PhD -- Head of the National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister office, and Prof Eli Biham -- Head of the new Center. Prof Biham refuses to comment on claims of computer fraud in the 2015 general election.

OccupyTLV, January 16 -- inquiry has been filed today with Shin-Bet Head Nadav Argaman, asking him to confirm or refute that "Democracy" - IT system of the Central Election Committee - was examined and certified by the Shin-Bet's Information Security Authority (Re'em).

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