Hezbollah has emerged as the prime suspect in Saturday’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight over Israel that was cut short by one of the country’s F-16s.Ron Ben-Yishai at YNet reports the drone was likely made in Iran, and launched with Tehran’s approval by Hezbollah in Lebanon.
If correct, this flight would upend long held beliefs about Hezbollah’s military capabilities and signify a sophistication they’d not been thought by Israel to posses.
The drone would have had to fly more than a hundred miles and been controlled either by GPS or piloted remotely.
Speculation about the drone’s destination continues, but Israel says if left unchecked its path would have taken it directly over the nuclear reactor in Dimona, and that Iran is clearly testing Israel’s capabilities.
In response Israel flew warplanes over south Lebanese villages in a show of force Sunday, that sent sonic booms echoing among the hills.
While Hezbollah has not claimed responsibility, Iran’s state-owned FARS news agency says the drone’s flight shows that Israel’s Iron Dome missile system is inefficient, and that “The Zionist regime … has abundant weaknesses.”
In reality, the drone’s slow flight within an area already populated by Israeli drones was picked up quickly and dispatched by the F-16s once it was determined to be carrying no explosives. All told, an indicator of Israel’s capabilities not its weaknesses.
The IDF released the video of the drone being shot down and has since pulled the footage from YouTube, but the following clip remains on YNet.
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