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European Union Drone Spies on Jewish Towns, IDF Bases in Judea, Samaria [video]

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

A drone fitted with a video camera sailing through the skies over Mount Hebron crashed in a forest on Mount Hebron this week, prompting the residents of Moshav Ma’on to pick it up and take it to the Regavim organization, an NGO known in English as the Movement for Preservation of State Lands.

Regavim posted some of the video footage online.

According to a report broadcast by Israel’s Channel 2 television news, footage retrieved from the drone revealed an extensive operation by the European Union, acting in concert with residents of local Arab communities to gather intelligence on Jewish communities.

Numerous videos revealed footage of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria, some of which also contain IDF bases. One of the videos showed the drone flying low over the residents of Ma’on before it crashed next to a car.

The last video contained film of its eventual crash.

“What started as illegal construction continues and now is harmful to security,” said Regavim Land Division director Oved Arad. He warned the reconnaissance mission was logical, given the government’s weak response to European Union support for, and construction of illegal Arab houses and other structures in Area C.

“For years the European Union has been involved in illegal construction in Judea and Samaria. Now it’s clear that EU officials, with the Palestinians, are even documenting Israeli settlements and sensitive locations in Judea and Samaria,” he said.

“The Foreign Ministry must respond strongly and unequivocally against this activity, which crosses a red line and is very dangerous.”

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Confirm Assassinated Drone Expert Was One of Them

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The Hamas’ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades on Saturday confirmed that engineer and “Shahid” Mohammed Zawahri who was “eliminated by the Zionists in Tunisia” was one of their commanders who was in charge of the Iranian-made UAV Ghods Ababil project.

The Ababil is 9.5 ft long and powered by a simple two-bladed pusher propeller with a rear mounted wing and a front canard for good stall, stability and maneuverability. It can be launched from a rail mounted on the back of a truck which provides power for the pneumatic launcher.

Zawahri, 45, was a Tunisian citizen and a supporter of the Hamas and the Hezbollah causes. The Hamas affiliated terror group’s statement said Zawahri joined the organization ten years ago, and called his killing a challenge to the “Palestinian resistance and the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.” The statement warned that “the enemy must know that the blood of commander al-Zawahri was not spilled in vain.”

Aviation engineer Mohammed Zawahri was assassinated in Sfax, Tunisia, Thursday, according to local media, and at least one source claimed Mossad was responsible for the assassination, most likely because of his work on Iranian drones. Zawahri was shot six times at close range in his car, three of the bullets hitting his head. Reports described the assassin as highly skilled. Apparently, he or she did not leave any evidence at the scene.

According to local media reports, al-Zawari returned from a short trip to Lebanon, where he was approached by a female journalist who asked him for an interview about drone-related technological innovations, and left for Hungary on Wednesday, one the day before the assassination.

JNi.Media

Neve Tzuf (Halamish) Aerial View After the Fires

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

An aerial view of Neve Tzuf (Halamish) after it was hit by pyroterrorism on November 24, 2016.

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US Demanding Clarification, Gift Drone to Russia May Carry Secret Camera

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Obama Administration has asked for clarification regarding the $52,000 drone Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) last week handed over to Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev during a tour of the Volcani Center (Research Staff ‘Down’ $52 K Gift Drone from Israeli Minister to Russian PM).

A senior official in Jerusalem has told Ha’aretz the Americans wanted to know if US made technology was onboard the gifted drone. Apparently, US embassy diplomats have already contacted Israel’s defense, foreign, and agriculture ministries, as well as the prime minister’s deputy national security advisor, after having read about the Agriculture Minister’s generosity in his rare bout with diplomacy.

The Americans believe a sophisticated, US made camera is installed on the Volcani drone, the kind that require a special application for US government permission should said camera be sold to a third-party. Needless to say, in the current political frost between US Democrats and Russian officials, and considering the economic sanctions against Russia, such an application would have ended up in a DC shredder.

So far, according to Ha’aretz, Jerusalem has told Washington the camera was removed from the drone (which was made in Spain). But now the Israeli defense ministry has been wondering just how many local security regulations the generous minister violated. Needless to say, he did not consult the defense apparatus before making his $52,000 gesture of friendship.

It should be noted in Minister Ariel’s defense that his ministry is in the midst of negotiating an $11 billion agricultural cooperation deal, so that from his point of view the drone was a small price to pay considering such enormous stakes.

As we mentioned yesterday, when the representatives from the Russian embassy showed up at the Rishon Lezion Volcani institute, they were handed the drone but not its operating system or remote control. The Volcani scientists insist they’d let go of those when they see the $52,000 increase in their operating budget, thank you very much.

David Israel

Research Staff ‘Down’ $52 K Gift Drone from Israeli Minister to Russian PM

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) last week handed over to Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev a drone worth $52 thousand belonging to Volcani Center researchers.

Ariel hosted Medvedev on his tour at Israel’s world renowned agricultural research and development institute, introducing his VIP guest to several innovations Israel is hoping to get the Russians interested in, including a robot designed for spraying agricultural fields and crops in hothouses, a new tool for testing the sugar level in apples, new sensors to monitor milk quality and output in cows, and new wheat storage solutions that protect against pests.

According to Calcalist, one of the presentations was of a drone used for irrigation research, and when Ariel noticed how very interested Medvedev had been in this drone, he told his staff to deliver it to the Russian PM as a gift. Institute staff were shocked and then irate at this grab-from-above, but in agricultural institutions the Minister of Agriculture is second only to God.

Volcani senior staff member Moshe Reuveni told Calcalist that “transferring the device that was used by the Volcani Center for agricultural research projects currently in development disregards all administrative procedures and all rules and laws regarding high level visits.” Reuveni was furious that “aside from the damage caused by giving a device costing hundreds of thousands of shekels, and the damage to our image, there is also the obvious damage caused by freezing agricultural research.”

After the drone had been delivered and the Russian delegation flew with it back home, a Medvedev representative called the Agriculture ministry to inquire about the remote control device that had not been packed with the drone. According to Ma’ariv reported Ben Kaspit’s Twitt, Volcani staff told the ministry they’d hold on to the remote until they receive the budget for a new drone.

Meanwhile, as soon as he landed in Moscow, PM Medvedev was confronted with the arrest of Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev on suspicion of taking a $2 million bribe, so maybe it’s better his gift drone stays grounded.

David Israel

Israel Will Not Sign On to US Regulation of Israeli Drone Exports

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Israel is refusing to sign a document on drone usage which is being circulated by the US State Department, with guidelines on the use and export of armed drones, Haaretz reported Sunday. The one-page document covers international legal standards, oversight of exports, and transparency.

So far, the documents has been signed by more than 40 governments, including Austria, Germany and Italy, but Israel appears to be a stubborn holdout.

The State Department unveiled back in March of 2015 its policy permitting US companies to export military and commercial drones, including armed systems like the Predator and Reaper to US allies. According to a Defense News report last August, the State Department is now asking countries to sign onto a set of international norms for the sale and use of armed unmanned systems, adding that top agency officials held meetings with delegates from several countries at the Arms Trade Treaty conference in Geneva on the subject.

According to DN, the document offers five key principles of international norms, including applying International law and human rights when using the armed drones; following existing arms control laws in selling armed drone systems; considering the buyer country’s history on “adherence to international obligations and commitments”; following “appropriate transparency measures”; and ensuring that the sold unmanned system’s capabilities “are transferred and used responsibly by all States.”

Sources in Israel’s defense industry have told Ha’aretz they think the American document could limit their export business, and, in fact, constitutes yet another American attempt to damage Israeli exports. They cite another US move in admitting India to the multilateral Missile Technology Control Regime, this removing barriers to the sale of American drones to India. Shortly thereafter, India went shopping for the US made Predador drone over its Israeli competitors. Ha’aretz reported earlier about a lawsuit by an American company, General Atomics, trying to block Israel from leasing the Heron TP drone to Germany. Slowly but surely, these and other American companies have been encroaching on a field where in the past Israeli products ruled.

A senior Israeli Air Force official told Ha’aretz that the one advantage the Israeli drones still possess is the promise to potential buyers to train with Israel’s drone squadron, because the Israel Air Force is considered the world’s expert in the use of drones.

JNi.Media

Primitive ‘Kite’ Drone Infiltrates Israel From Gaza

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

A kite fitted with a camera was spotted flying into Israel from northern Gaza on Sabbath morning, according to Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

IDF soldiers who spotted the primitive homemade unmanned aerial vehicle opened fire, prompting its unidentified operators to pull it back over the border and back into Gaza.

“During the morning hours, a kite with a camera was spotted as it crossed the border from Gaza into Israel,” said an IDF spokesperson. “IDF forces fired into the air, and the kite and its owners left the area.”

It is not yet known who was operating the primitive spy device, but the kite was pulled back into a vehicle just inside the border in Gaza, which then traveled in the direction of Beit Hanoun, military sources said.

Last week Gaza terrorists fired two rocket attacks at southern Israel, one exploding on a road in a residential area in the town of Sderot, and the second in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

Israeli Defense Forces retaliated in response to both attacks with air strikes and artillery fire aimed at terrorist targets in Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

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