Over the weekend, a drone flew into Israel’s airspace, and the IDF promptly shot it down and let everyone know that, indeed, they did shoot that sucker out of the sky.
Today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a tour of a security fence in southern Israel, announced that the drone had belonged to Hezbollah.
Even more recently today, a Hezbollah leader goes, “yeah, we totally sent that drone.”
Defense sources say that the unarmed drone was sent to test defenses, much like a Velociraptor would test the fences of its paddock. A Velociraptor we will never see, because we can’t clone dinosaurs now and because Raptors are a fictitious species.
So today, Hezbollah leader Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah confirmed that the drone downed by Israeli air defense was indeed theirs, and that the drone was Iranian-made.
It managed to get some twenty-five miles into Israel before being taken out. It was launched from the Mediterranean coast and flew for twenty minutes.
After the incident, Israel has posted Patriot missile defense batteries in the northern city of Haifa. Y’know, just to be sure.
The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon denies that the drone came from there. Lebanon is the primary operating territory of Hezbollah, who, despite operating militarily against Israel as a stateless actor, holds twelve seats in the Lebanese parliament and two cabinet positions.
Question: Does this drone represent a major boost forward in Hezbollah’s capabilities?