A few days after the launch of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, the Israeli authorities announced the recall of 360,000 reservists, most of whom, according to Israeli reports, turned out to be employed by technology companies in Israel and the United States.
What actually happened was that the recruitment took off with divisions and warnings of its possible repercussions on a vibrant sector that Tel Aviv brands as the pride of its economy as it has the second largest technology ecosystem in the world after California's famous Silicon Valley.
Testimonies and reports received at the beginning of the controversial recruitment two weeks ago in the Jewish state point to two issues: the first is the repercussions of this recruitment on companies, large and small alike, in light of the disruption of their activities, which may eventually lead to their departure from Israeli territory or collapse.
The second issue is the extent of contributions of technological recruits on the battlefield, such as their role in "drying up" Hamas's cryptocurrency funding.
A Reuters report quoting officials at giant Israeli technology companies revealed that the sector has been at war since the beginning of the military confrontation with Hamas on 7 October.
Israel-based investors in the sector said Tel Aviv would have to boost the security of its tech companies, given the potential for disruption if the Israeli army moved on with a large-scale invasion of the Gaza Strip.
From screens to tanks
In addition, the reorientation of staff of most technology companies to the ranks of reservists has begun. The figure announced by the Israeli authorities is unprecedented and is likely to exceed even 360,000 reservists, most of whom were called up from US-based technology companies, according to Reuters.
In response to fears of possible repercussions of a long-term war scenario, Israel says the technology sector will have to deal with "horror" scenarios for its economy, especially if most prominent companies operating in its territory leave due to the ongoing developments.