Il drone di Hezbollah ha trasmesso immagini di basi israeliane segrete
Sabato 6 ottobre le forze aeree dell’esercito israeliano hanno abbattuto un drone di Hezbollah. Il quotidiano britannico “The Sunday Times” ha indicato che il drone è riuscito a trasmettere in diretta immagini di basi militari israeliane segrete.
Il drone, che è stato lanciato dal Libano, è entrato nello spazio aereo della Palestina occupata, volando per tre ore prima di essere intercettato. Il velivolo senza pilota ha coperto una distanza di 300 km, e trasmesso a terra, in diretta, immagini dei preparativi di un’esercitazione congiunta dell’entità sionista con gli Stati Uniti. Secondo il quotidiano britannico, che cita fonti anonime, il drone avrebbe inoltre ripreso missili balistici, aeroporti e probabilmente il reattore nucleare di Dimona.
L’articolo, inoltre, definisce l’operazione di intercettazione del drone come “fallita”, giacché soltanto il secondo missile lanciato contro il velivolo supersonico ha raggiunto l’obiettivo. Nonostante tutto, dopo l’abbattimento, Tel Aviv ha elogiato le Forze aeree israeliane per la loro rapida risposta di fronte a quella che è stata definita una “violazione della propria sicurezza”.
Secondo il “The Sunday Times” il drone abbattuto era un modello moderno del tipo “Shahed-129”, e sarebbe stato diretto durante tutto il corso dell’operazione da tecnici dei Guardiani della Rivoluzione Islamica (Pasdaran) con l’aiuto di Hezbollah.
La scorsa settimana il Segretario Generale di Hezbollah, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, ha rivendicato la paternità dell’operazione, dicendo che il drone è stato designato dalla Repubblica Islamica dell’Iran e montato da specialisti di Hezbollah in Libano.
Nasrallah ha dichiarato che il velivolo senza pilota, denominato “Ayub”, è stato lanciato come risposta alle “ripetute violazioni” israeliane dello spazio aereo libanese.
“Questa operazione non è stata la prima né sarà l’ultima, e riaffermiamo che possiamo raggiungere qualsiasi punto vogliamo (della Palestina occupata, n.d.t.)”, ha dichiarato il Segretario Generale del movimento di resistenza libanese.
Hezbollah drone showed Iran upper hand over Israel.
A senior Iranian military commander says Hezbollah’s recent success in flying an Iranian-made drone over Israel has given Tehran the upper hand against Tel Aviv.
Israel had been engaged in a campaign of psychological warfare and a game of political bluff against the Islamic Revolution, Deputy Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said Thursday.
“Following the infiltration of Hezbollah’s drone into the [airspace of the] occupied lands, the Zionist regime came to the understanding that such psychological warfare has not yielded any result but instead led to the strengthening of the determination of its enemies and now the Islamic Revolution has the upper hand over the Zionist regime,” he added.
He said the Tel Aviv regime was feeble at the depth of its defense strategy and stressed “the regime’s defense mechanisms are highly vulnerable to all-out strikes by Iran.”
The top commander said that Iran was more prepared than any time in terms of military equipment and infrastructures and stressed that a strike against the Islamic Republic would speed up the Israeli regime’s annihilation.
Hezbollah recently sent a radar-evading drone deep into the Israeli airspace.
The operation code-named Hussein Ayub saw Hezbollah’s drone fly hundreds of kilometers into the Israeli airspace and getting very close to Dimona nuclear plant without being detected by advanced Israeli and US radars, Hezbollah Secretary General Nasrallah said during a televised speech late on Thursday.
On Sunday, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi confirmed that the radar-evading drone had been developed by Iran.
“Given the Zionist regime’s frequent incursions into the Lebanese airspace, we see it as the natural right of Lebanon’s Hezbollah to fly its drone above the Occupied Territories,” he added.
A Middle East expert says having an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) enter Israeli airspace has opened a new chapter by showing the vulnerability of the Israeli regime’s defense system.
The comment comes shortly before Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah confirmed that the Lebanese resistance movement had sent a drone deep into the Israeli airspace evading radar systems.
The operation code-named Hussein Ayub saw Hezbollah’s drone fly hundreds of kilometers into the Israeli airspace, and get close to Dimona nuclear plant undetected by advanced Israeli and US radars, Nasrallah said during a televised speech late on Thursday.
“This is only part of our capabilities,” he stressed, adding that Israelis have admitted to their security failure despite being provided with the latest technologies by Western powers.
Press TV has conducted an interview with retired Lebanese general and Head of the Middle East Center for studies, Hisham Jaber, to further talk over the issue.
Press TV: What do you think of this incident? What does it show to you? Who do you think is behind it? Let’s start it out with the question who do you think is behind this issue?
Jaber:Two days, three days ago when it happened my comment was if the Israelis would remain silent about this incident that means this drone may have came from a friendly side and I said maybe from any American aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean but and I said that at the same time that if the Israelis have another opinion or accusation or alternative they have to prove it.
And now the Israelis came and they said probably, they don’t have any proof, it may come from Hezbollah or Iran and even many Israeli experts said that Hezbollah doesn’t have that sophisticated system to launch such a drone especially at this time.
Also we have to remember that all information about it is confusing because the Israelis also said that in 2006 the Israelis did shot down the same drone on the Mediterranean Sea but at that time…
Press TV: Are you saying during the summer war of 2006 between Hezbollah and Israel?
Jaber: Yeah, in July 2006 and if you go back, they said in 2005 especially April 12, 2005 another aircraft without pilot was flying over the North of Palestine; Galilee in northern Palestine …
Press TV: General Jaber, do you think that there is some kind of a message as a result of this? I mean let’s say Hezbollah did fly it over, you’re saying you can’t confirm and they haven’t confirmed either but if they did and it seems that some analysts believe that they can, they have the capability to do so, what are their messages to Israel?
The message [is] that Israel is not protected; doesn’t have any immunity and the whole defense system of Israel could be broken through. If such a drone can fly 20 or 25 minutes over Israel it’s very dangerous and it’s very important; it’s not me who says that, Ehud Barak said that it’s a very dangerous action…
Press TV: What are the repercussions, possible repercussions for Israel since it flew so close, about some 20 kilometers away from the Dimona nuclear site?
Jaber: It’s a very dangerous, Mr. Ehud Barak said that it’s a very dangerous action and I do believe that if Hezbollah is capable to send such a drone and to fly over Israel and will not be detected before 20 or 25 minutes it’s very dangerous and it was flying very close to Dimona.
If this aircraft was not for reconnaissance or to spy or to get information, if it was offensive for example and had explosives what do you think it can do? That’s the question and the Israelis are very worried about this and also if you go to the Israeli defense website they pretend that Hezbollah has many of those drones and some of them are made in Iran, others in Russia. So now a new file has been opened.
And we are taking about aircrafts and Hezbollah especially and many observers let me be a little bit objective you know as we said at the beginning we cannot deny we cannot confirm; it’s up to Hezbollah to say yes or no [confirm entering Israeli skies] but we have many kind of this kind of drone your guest was talking about.
Technically some drone needs airport and long run way, like the drone which was captured by Iran, the American one, and some drones are very small we can launch it without any need for a long run way for example but both of them they need sophisticated communication system by GPS, by satellite.
The question is how Israel– and the Americans-who are in the Mediterranean Sea did not open their eyes or did not capture such electronic content before the Israelis discovered this drone over their territory.
Press TV: General Jaber do you think that this issue fits in with Hezbollah’s style of fighting specially as continuous Israeli violations of UN resolution 1701 and its reconnaissance planes flying over Lebanon daily?
Jaber: I don’t think Israel will stop violation of the Lebanese airspace in any case but this incident is very important that what happened in my opinion is very dangerous, it showed everyone that Israel doesn’t have any complete protection and doesn’t have any umbrella to protect it; first against any missiles like they are preparing themselves in the next five years to protect; to put the iron umbrella or whatever; second this means like even Mr. Ehud Barak said that airspace of Israel is not safe and needs more protection.
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