Why Israeli Soldiers?

A couple of months ago, I was doing some research for my novel (which is almost done, by the way) and came across an interesting piece of information. Since I won’t incorporate this information into my storyline, then I guess it’s time to blog about it. Gotta get it out of my head somehow, right? And maybe some of you out there can help shed some light on the topic.

But here’s the issue: the Israeli military is going to get chipped. Or chip Israeli citizens. Either way, it’s curious. By “chipped” I mean that Israel has placed an order for an implantable RFID chip marketed as Verichip. Verichip is the only FDA-approved implantable microchip for patient identification.

Verichip uses RFID technology – the same thing in your tollway speedpass or in the new U.S. driver’s licenses – to conduct information to RFID readers using radio waves.  RFID isn’t a new concept, but one that privacy advocates have previously held at bay. Like in the late 1990s/early 2000, when an implantable microchip called “Digital Angel” hit the headlines. Privacy experts and watchdog groups were all over it. An implanted form of ID? No way.

So Digital Angel went undercover for a while. Here in the states, the company merged several times and changed names – and by 2002 it went by the public name Verichip Corporation (now called PositiveID Corp).  Our post-9/11 culture wasn’t nearly as concerned about privacy, and Verichip gained FDA approval in 2004 and is now being used in multiple medical applications here in the United States and elsewhere (implantable glucochip sensors for diabetics, vascular catheter tracking, and electronic health record applications).

Which brings me to our topic: why is the Israeli military purchasing implantable ID chips from an American biotech company? Your comments and thoughts are welcome.

PositiveID receives VeriChip Order for Israeli Military

October 2011. PositiveID announced that it has received an order for its VeriChip microchip to be used for disaster preparedness and emergency management by the Israeli Military.

The VeriChip microchip was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for patient identification. The company’s integration partner intends to provide the microchips to the Israel Defense Forces, the State of Israel’s military force.

VeriChip will assist emergency situations and disaster recovery in conjunction with modified cameras capable of wirelessly receiving both RFID scanned data and GPS data. A Web-enabled database will also support the gathering and storing of information and images captured during emergency response operations.

“Our partner is looking to help healthcare organizations, militaries including the IDF, and governments with their disaster preparedness and emergency response needs,” said Marc Poulshock, PositiveID’s vice president of business development.

8 thoughts on “Why Israeli Soldiers?

  1. I was going to guess that Verichip had come up with a chip that has GPS capabilities, but supposedly, the company has not as yet.

    So, my guess is that the Israeli military wants to prevent its enemies from infiltrating them.

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    1. Right now, implantable RFID chips are “passive tags” meaning that they can only be read short-range. But biotech companies are currently working on ways to create smaller “active tag” RFID chips, that could be read from several hundred feet away. Imagine if the wrong people could “read” your identity from that distance!

      I doubt that the US military would be able to get away with that kind of privacy violation. At least not yet. But who’s watching out for the Israelis?

      Thanks for the comment, Larry.

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  2. http://www.friendasoldier.com/en/?p=4830

    An recent opinion on this matter was expressed by a former IDF soldier in the provided link. According to him, the system is not currently in use, as he nor other soldiers he knows have heard anything about it over there. In any case, this possibility sounds like a chilling idea, but currently, I think it’s just that – an idea.

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    1. Hi Garret, thanks for the very interesting link. It’s frightening that the IDF (or at least this soldier) has no information on this development. When I first saw the news story about PositiveID and Israel, I spent hours scouring the web to confirm the story with credible sources. For a while it was listed as a press release on the PositiveIDcorp.com website but the press release disappeared from the site. Here is another interesting release, though — http://investors.positiveidcorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=607109 about when PositiveID Corporation appointed Yuval Rabin to its advisory board.

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  3. Since learning the beast mentioned in revelation is the nation of Israel I’ve been watching his moves.Benjamin Netanyahu wants a cashless society and it will probably lead to the entire country being chipped.Look forward to Israel being chipped during the next US administration.

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    1. There was a time when I analyzed our current governments for such signs, but it was taking up too much of my energy and I had to redirect. Though I do feel that we are very close to mandatory chipping in parts of the world, if we don’t get serious about global privacy rights. Thanks for the comment!

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  4. This verichip which is part of the microchip RFID implant is an evil plan the Jews in Israel should not be doing this as Judaism under Orthodox reform and conservative said it is called piercing of the body and alter our body is forbidden because we made in God’s image and also Christians have now said they believe it the events prophecies related to the Bible unfolding as the mark of the beast 666 in Revelation 13:16-18 he caused all small great and poor and rich bond and free to receive a mark in his right hand or forehead he cannot buy or sell unless he hath the mark,so this much should tell others here to prepare because every baby child kid will disappear off the earth very soon called the rapture Christ will take these little ones out of here so they cannot microchip them and believers will be gone too right before they go country wide spread so it’s time to prepare. Prime minister in Israel should not allow microchips in israeli people in Israel but should know the evil leader soon will sign a 7 year peace covenant with Israel beginning the 7 year tribulation on the earth that is anti-christ, if I were any soldier I would refuse the chip not take it.because if anyone does take it they will be under the wrath of God and they will have grievous sores on them and worse and they will be tormented in front of angels and other forever day and night no rest and will burn in hell for that too I think and know by heart the chip is a no no I won’t take it nobody should it’s evil

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