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ISRAEL SHOOTS DOWN DRONE DEEP INSIDE COUNTRY THAT MAY HAVE COME FROM LEBANON OF ALL PLACES
October 6 2012
Jerusalem, Israel – It’s become fairly clear over the last few years that drones are the wave of the future of war. With major advances in the technology and proven battlefield capabilities all across the world, drones are clearly here to stay.
Drones have even started to become commonplace in non-combat arenas. Police agencies in the United States have started to employ them and even shark watchers on Australian beaches have begun using specially modified versions of the technology. Drones, simply put, have become a pretty big deal and so too has our ability to combat them.
Well, at least in theory. That latter point may not be the case in Israel which allowed a drone to penetrate deep inside their territory, though to be fair they don’t have much territory, before shooting it down. Initially no one was quite sure where the drone originated from but now IDF officials believe it may have originated in Lebanon of all places, a country that really doesn’t have much money and has basically been ripped in half by conflict, showing that anyone can get drones and Israel has a lot of work to do combating them.
“We had monitoring contact from the ground and from the air. We alerted jet planes that escorted the unmanned aerial vehicle and due to some operational considerations we decided to intercept the unmanned aerial vehicle in the northern Negev area, which has no population,” said IDF Spokesperson Yoav Mordechai.
It’s not clear what type of drone it actually was but it’s in pieces now.
Some have speculated that the drone may have been just an intelligence gathering vessel, not one carrying weapons or missiles.
“This is perhaps the clearest evidence yet that drone technology is really becoming a standard. When a country like Lebanon which really doesn’t have much of anything is able to launch a drone against a foreign nation you know things have changed. Also, clearly, Israel has a lot of work to do towards preventing drones since they obviously allowed crappy Lebanese drone this far into their land,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “That’s pretty sad really for such an advanced military. They really should have been able to get it sooner. True, it doesn’t take much to penetrate deep into Israel because it is so small but that also means there isn’t much to defend.”
No one in Lebanon has claimed responsibility for the drone and it’s likely no one ever will.
“Clearly if everyone is going to have drones, and it does look that way, everyone is going to have to step up their monitoring of drones in a pretty significant way. Without better controls eventually drones will be everywhere and they may not be crummy Lebanese drones with spy cameras, they may carry nuclear bombs from Iran the next time. Keep that in mind Israel,” continued Gershwin. “If you can’t control you skies you can’t control anything at all and Israel has to step it up because before long every single enemy Israel, which of course is everyone who doesn’t agree with them, is going to have drones soon and that is going to be a very dangerous time for the nation if they don’t get better at shooting these things down.”
It is believed that Israel has no plans to return the drone to its owners even if they can determine who that is.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent