Unit 8200

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Formation2004
Parent organizationIsrael/Defense Forces
HeadquartersCamp Glilot, Israel
LeaderUnit 8200/Commander
SubpageUnit 8200/Commander

Unit 8200 is the signal intelligence and code deciphering arm of the Israel Defence Forces. It is the largest unit in the IDF and is headquartered at at Camp Glilot, north of Tel Aviv.[1]

In 2004 a Knesset committee recommended turning the unit into an autonomous entity separate from the Defense Ministry, along the lines of its US equivalent, the National Security Agency.[1]

Most important SIGINT base

Arguably the the unit's most important and powerful SIGINT base is located near the village of Urim in the Negev desert Map. This from Nicky Hager:

Israel’s most important intelligence-gathering installation is only a 30km drive into the Negev desert from Beersheba prison – where those taking part in the Gaza aid flotilla were briefly detained this June. The base has rows of satellite dishes that covertly intercept phone calls, emails and other communications from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. Its antennas monitor shipping and would have spied on the aid ships in the days before they were seized. [2]

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Unit 8200 SIGINT base near Urim

The unit also has listening posts on the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights, but they are focused almost exclusively on Syrian, Lebanese and Iranian signals interception.

Tech sector alumni

A Forbes article by Former Unit 8200 member Gil Kerbs, stated that "Israel's high-tech world is "flooded" with Unit alumni, as entrepreneurs and company founders or junior and senior executives.":


People

Commanders


References

  1. a b Amos Harel, Mystery surrounds suicide of officer from elite intel unit, Haaretz, 5 June 2009.
  2. Israel's omnicient ears- An article by Nicky Hager published in Le Monde Diplomatique 4 September 2010