Antony Loewenstein, author of "The Palestine Laboratory," has brought to light a concerning aspect of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. According to Loewenstein, Israel is using the region as a testing ground for new weapons and technologies, including drones and AI-driven warfare tools.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, he highlighted the deployment of new technology, particularly drones or quadcopters, in Palestinian areas, including civilian zones. This development raises critical questions about the nature of modern warfare and the ethical implications of using conflict zones as testing grounds for advanced military technology.
Loewenstein pointed out that Israel's engagement in AI warfare began as far back as the 2014 war but has significantly accelerated in recent times. He suggested that the use of such technology serves dual purposes: demonstrating military prowess to both domestic and international audiences, and attracting foreign buyers interested in these advanced systems.
Jake Sullivan's Critical Mission in Israel
Against this backdrop of technological advancement in warfare, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's visit to Israel takes on added significance. Sullivan, who began his regional tour in Saudi Arabia with a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has a packed agenda in Israel.
He plans to meet with key figures including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, members of Netanyahu’s war cabinet, and President Isaac Herzog. One of his primary objectives is to address the White House's concerns about Israel's tactics in Gaza, particularly the "indiscriminate" bombing that has been a point of contention.
Sullivan's visit also focuses on immediate humanitarian needs, such as facilitating aid into Gaza and opening the Karem Abu Salem crossing. This effort aims to provide a more direct route for aid, bypassing the need for trucks to go through Egypt.
This could be a significant step towards addressing the immediate crisis in the region. Furthermore, Sullivan is expected to discuss the aftermath of the Gaza war, emphasizing the need for the Palestinian Authority's involvement in the post-conflict scenario.
However, this stance faces opposition from Israeli leadership, with communications from Netanyahu’s office indicating a reluctance to entertain the idea of a Palestinian state.