Israel Launches New Spy Satellite Tonight Aimed at Iran

As Holocaust Remembrance Day ends tonight, Israel will be launching a new ultra-sophisticated spy satellite aimed at Iran, a country that has threatened more than once to destroy the Jewish State.

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Scott Shiloh, | updated: 13:12

The Eros B satellite, to be launched from Siberia, will be able to photograph objects on the ground as small as 70 centimeters (27.6 inches), according to an official in Israel’s defense ministry.

Such resolution would be sufficient to provide Israel with substantial information on Iran’s nuclear program and its long-rage missiles which can strike Israel, said the official, who was quoted by the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

“The satellite has very high resolution, and Israel Aircraft Industries has a great ability to process information that is relayed,” he said.

As recently as Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened Israel with destruction, calling Israel a “fake regime” that “cannot logically continue to live.”

President Moshe Katzav said at Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies last night that “hatred of Israel has still not vanished from the earth… it’s mainly thriving here in the Middle East, revealing itself in calls for the destruction of Israel… I call on the free world not to be complacent about these statements.”

Katzav’s words were directed implicitly at the threat posed by Iran, a country on the verge of developing nuclear weapons, and its client Hamas, the terrorist organization which governs the Palestinian Authority. Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz said on Tuesday that since the start of the year, Iran has funneled more than $10 million to finance such terrorist groups.

Katzav ended his speech with the words, “Never Again,” a rallying cry denoting Israel’s dedication to preventing another Holocaust.

Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported that Israel’s new spy satellite will be positioned between 480–600 kilometers (300–372 miles) above the earth, taking about an hour and a half to make an orbit. Ground control for the satellite’s flight and operations will be in the Israeli town of Yehud.

Eros B complements two other operational Israeli spy satellites, Eros A and Ofek 5. According to reports, Israel’s next spy satellite will be able to take pictures at night, and will be unhindered by cloud cover.