Israel launches new spy satellite

Israeli Defence Minister and alternate prime minister Benny Gantz wears a protective mask as he attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem on July 5, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 06 July 2020

Israel launches new spy satellite

  • Israel has long sworn to prevent its nemesis from obtaining atomic weapons
  • Its latest asset to be deployed against arch-enemy Iran

JERUSALEM: Israel launched a new reconnaissance satellite early Monday, the defense ministry said, its latest asset to be deployed against arch-enemy Iran.
“The Israel Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries have successfully launched the ‘Ofek 16’ reconnaissance satellite” at 4:00 am local time (0100 GMT), the ministry said in a statement.
The “electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities... will undergo a series of tests,” it added.
Minister of Defense and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz hailed the development.
“The successful launch of the ‘Ofek 16’ satellite overnight is yet another extraordinary achievement” for Israel’s defense sector, he said.
“Technological superiority and intelligence capabilities are essential to the security of the State of Israel... We will continue to strengthen and maintain Israel’s capabilities on every front, in every place.”
Neither statement gave further details on the satellite’s mission, but Israeli public radio said it would be used to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities.
Israel has long sworn to prevent its nemesis from obtaining atomic weapons.
The Islamic republic denies its nuclear program has any military dimension.


OIC rejects Israel’s plan to annex Palestinian lands

Updated 11 August 2020

OIC rejects Israel’s plan to annex Palestinian lands

  • Israeli annexation could result in about 4.5 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank “living in enclaves within annexed territory,” according to the BBC

DUBAI: Israel’s plan to annex Palestinian land is considered a flagrant violation of international law and human rights, state news agency SPA reported citing the Independent Permanent Commission for Human Rights of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Earlier in July, Jordan’s Prime Minister said the Kingdom would look “positively” on the creation of a binational state that guarantees equal rights to Israelis and Palestinians if Israel’s proposed annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank closes the door on a two-state solution.
Israeli annexation could result in about 4.5 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank “living in enclaves within annexed territory,” according to the BBC.