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Shabbat-friendly espionage, Israeli style

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military reportedly is incorporating keyboards that can be used by religious intelligence personnel on Shabbat.

The new keyboards transmit data without opening or closing electrical circuits and therefore do not violate Orthodox standards of Shabbat observance, Israel Hayom reported Sunday.

According to the newspaper, the keyboards were developed for the military’s Intelligence Branch, which has incorporated haredi Orthodox volunteers who might hesitate about serving over weekends or Jewish holidays.

The military declined comment, citing the secrecy around its intelligence units.

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