Israel recently announced that it has launched its latest spy satellite, Ofek 9. The satellite is capable of greater resolution and detail than all such previous satellites. It will be spending much of its time over Iran.
Palmachim air force base near Tel Aviv was the scene of the launch.
It is one of at least four Israeli spy satellites currently orbiting the Earth.
“This provides Israel with greater operational flexibility, since we now have another set of eyes on a target,” Chaim Eshed, the director of Israel’s military space programme, told The Jerusalem Post.
“This means that we have increased the rate we can visit a target.”
Israeli press reports said the satellite’s high resolution cameras would boost its efforts to keep a close eye on Iran.
Israel regards Iran as the principal threat to its security after repeated references by Iranian leaders to Israel’s demise.
Along with the West, it suspects Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear programme, a claim Tehran denies.
Said an Iranian spokesperson, Ahmad Ahmadi, ” We do not wish to develop nuclear weapons. But if we did, we would wipe Israel off of the face of the earth. Peace be upon you.”
Israel’s last spy satellite, TecSar, was launched from India in 2008.
A pedestrian in Haifa, Yeta Wolinsky, age 73, asked if the government could use the satellite to track the movements of her husband, Sol, whom she says she is sure is cheating on her.
The Ministry of Defense had no comment.
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