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Iranian media: Drone infiltration exposes Israeli weakness

Tehran officials yet to comment on infiltration of drone to Israeli airspace but local media use incident to mock Israel; say it shows Iron Dome's ineffectiveness

Jeering tone: Reporting of the infiltration of a drone into Israeli airspace, Iranian news websites on Sunday quoted Israeli reports suggesting the unmanned aircraft may have been sent by Hezbollah with Iran's help.


The reports said that the infiltration indicates a failure in Israel's air defenses. Tehran officials have yet to comment on the incident.


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A report by Javan Online, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, said that the incident was a failure on the part of the Iron Dome – Israel's anti-missile system which is usually deployed in the Gaza vicinity area.


The report noted that the Negev region, where the drone was downed, is very important to Israel "for that is where it digs uranium, in the Arad and Sodom area."


This likely refers to reports that the company headed by former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan is digging for the radioactive metallic element in the Negev.

הדמייה של מל"ט איראני (צילום: CC Aspahbod)

Simulation of an Iranian drone (Photo: CC Aspahbod)


The popular Tabnak website, affiliated with former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezaee, said that the details of the event "show mainly how weak the Zionist regime's radar systems are."


The website stressed that any Iranian connection "is an unconfirmed contention which has yet to be verified by Israeli officials."


The semiofficial ISNA news agency said, "Iran has always maintained that its defense doctrine leaves no room for preventive action and that only if attacked will it react.


Meanwhile, no organization has claimed responsibility for the launching of the drone. However, the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen reported that the aircraft belongs to Hezbollah.


Lebanon's state news agency said Israeli warplanes have staged mock raids over villages in southern Lebanon, breaking the sound barrier.


The National News Agency says the planes flew low over the market town of Nabatiyeh and nearby villages on Sunday. 


AP contributed to this report




פרסום ראשון: 10.07.12, 14:02
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