State Comptroller:
'Israel not prepared for drone threat

State Comptroller says Israel not prepared for threat of UAVs, not enforcing laws to prevent accidents or criminal activity.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Israel not prepared for drone threat
Israel not prepared for drone threat
Moshe Shai, Flash 90

The State Comptroller, retired justice Yosef Shapira, published a special report on "The National Preparedness for Defense against the Threat of Drones' Wednesday afternoon.

In recent years, small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' (UAV) have been used for both civilian and security purposes. Along with the benefit that arises from the use of UAVs, the risk of using them in security, criminal and safety aspects has increased, to the point that their use can harm personal privacy and present a danger to human life and state security.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the number of UAVs in use in Israel is expected to rise to approximately 20,000 by the end of the year. This drastic increase is the result of a decrease in the price of UAVs, their increased availability, and their ease of use.

The comptroller's examination revealed that since drone technology had progressed to the point where UAVs became a threat, the national responsibility for responding to the threat has not been regulated or defined.

There is no effective enforcement of the aviation laws on the operators of UAVs, which can endanger legal manned aircraft, as well as civilians on the ground. In 2016, there were 24 safety incidents in Israel involving drones, compared with 14 incidents in 2015, an increase of about 70%.

The report further stated that the IDF does not have a complete response to the threat posed by the UAVs and must complete its examination of the threat to formulate an appropriate response.

According to Justice Shapira, the work of the IDFstaff should be coordinated with other bodies relevant to the problem of the UAVs. Coordinated work will also help formulate a response to protection from the threat of UAVs originating in the territory of the state as well as from foreign territory, thus avoiding duplication of efforts, double budgets and deviations from timetables for the necessary preparations.

Israel's airspace is limited, its maintenance is very complex and requires many restrictions on the flying of civilian aircraft, including UAVs. The comptroller called on the authorities not to ignore terrorist elements and criminals who use UAVs.