ISRAEL - Drones to Target Terrorists in West Bank

Arno Froese

IDF commanders in the West Bank have been given the green light to use armed drones to carry out targeted killings of Palestinian terrorists, with the approval of Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi.

It’s believed that the order was given as the continued violence threatens to drag Israel into a more extensive operation in the northern West Bank, similar to Operation Defensive Shield in 2002.

Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division Brig.-Gen. Yaniv Alaluf and commander of the Menashe Brigade Col. Arik Moyal recently underwent training to operate an air force assault command center that monitors and controls armed drones.

Following their training on the systems, they will be able to command the use of Elbit’s Hermes 450 drones (known as Zik in Hebrew) during operations.

In August, the Military Censor allowed the publication of the use of attack drones by the Israel Air Force. 

While the international press has reported the use of these drones by the IAF for at least the past 20 years, which has been extensively documented in US diplomatic cables as well as at international air shows, the IDF never publicly disclosed the use of such platforms. Israeli journalists who attempted to publish information from those reports were blocked by the censor., 29 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

That Israel is ahead of virtually all other countries in the world when it comes to drones is not surprising. With Syria and Lebanon in the north, Gaza—ruled by Hamas—in the south, plus Iran in the not-too-distant east, Israel is forced to be constantly alert to possible attacks from its enemies. While Israel’s military has an excellent reputation, Israel’s enemies do not. Their goal is never defense but destruction, regardless of whether it’s military, civilian, women, children, etc. 

How successful is Israel in preventing terrorist attacks? gives a comprehensive list of yearly attacks and subsequent casualties. The worst recent year was 2002 with 457 deaths. Ten years later in 2012, the number went down to 9, and in 2021 increased to 17. While this may look like a great success, one must keep in mind that terrorists by whatever name, are learning their evil trade as well. Thus, Israel is forced to be ahead of the rest of the world.

Here we may quote Isaiah 11:1-2: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” Later in verse 10, we read of the fulfillment: “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Verse 12 adds: “And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” That is happening even in our days.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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