THE BIG ISRAELI ‘EYE IN THE SKY’ ~ Whitney Webb: “U.S. Media Ignores Israel’s Involvement In Latest Push For ‘Smart Cities'”

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“While the current coronavirus crisis and Eric Schmidt’s increasingly public role in ushering in AI-driven technological ‘solutions’ throughout New York have given a boost to the smart city agenda, the plan to create these cities in New York was in the works well before coronavirus. However, those pre-pandemic smart city plans intimately involve one key actor that has, thus far, gone unnamed in recent media reports — the state of Israel. The selection of the projects will be overseen by Eric Gertler, who was nominated to the position of President and CEO of the Empire State Development (ESD) shortly after Cuomo announced the NY-Israel Smart City partnership and returned to a trip from Israel. Notably, Gertler is also currently chairman of the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) and is on the Board of Governors for Tel Aviv University and Israel’s Technion. He also has long-standing close ties to Mort Zuckerman, a…

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