Uri Levine is an Israeli “entrepreneur” focused on start-ups. He is most notably known for being a co-founder of Waze, a satellite navigation app developed in Israel. It was purchased by Google in 2013 for more than $1.1 billion.
Levine is a BA graduate in Tel Aviv University, where he currently works as a trustee. He also mentors Israeli entrepreneurs at the Zell Entrepreneurship program at IDC Herzliya, a hotbed for influential Zionist politicians and academics.
8200’s Backdoor into Global Start-up Community
Levine, alongside a long list of other Israeli “start-up entrepreneurs”, are part of a long-standing Israeli initiative to insert former Israeli intelligence personnel into emerging big-tech initiatives. It is worth noting that the vast majority of these “entrepreneurs”, including Levine, are previous members of the Israeli military’s Unit 8200, the Israeli equivalent to the notorious US National Security Agency (NSA).
Levine’s intelligence background signals his role as simultaneously being a potent asset for Israeli intelligence services while also extending the Zionist regime’s reach in strategic and emerging cyber-surveillance and “business intelligence” markets.
Israel’s ‘Start-up Soldiers’
The website of the Israeli occupation forces names Levin as one of its “start-up soldiers”, adding that “Levine started as a developer in the IDF”. The website stresses that Levin “even chose to go beyond his required length of service, serving for five years, instead of three. After his release from the military, he applied the ingenuity he developed in the IDF to become an entrepreneur”.1
Levine has most notably worked for Comverse 2, a US-based Israeli technology company which went bankrupt after its management was found guilty in a major US fraud case. Interestingly, Comverse (also operating under the label of Comverse Infosys) was reportedly suspected to have sold botched wiretapping devices to the US government, allowing a third party, such as Israel, to listen-in on US government wiretapping activities. Despite numerous reports of the case in 2002 & 2003, no further information was reported about the matter ever since.3 4
It is worth noting that, Verint Systems, a Comverse subsidiary focused on “business intelligence”, has also provided millions of dollars’ worth of surveillance equipment to various Western states5 . Most remarkably, Verint’s RELIANT surveillance software was legally required to be installed across all US telephone networks as part of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The software was apparently meant to enable US law enforcement to monitor and analyze voice, video and data on complex computer networks.6
Alongside Comverse, Levine has played an important role in the development of a string of Israeli start-ups which were sold to various non-Israeli big tech companies. Aside from Waze, Levine was also a board member of Moovit, an Israeli service provider and journey planner app owned by Intel. Levine was also a board member of Here Technologies, a mapping and locating system. Other startups which Levine has been associated with include: Mobixell, Perfecto, Pontera, FairFly, Refundit and Seetree.
India’s ‘Comverse Infosys’
Up until recently, Levine was also a director of Infosys, an Indian information technology company, interestingly named quite similarly to the now-defunct Israeli-American venture, Comverse Infosys. Levine’s role in the India-based Infosys can signal certain Israeli intelligence connections both within India and the UK, given that the daughter of Narayana Murthy – Infosys’ founder – is married to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.