Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Israel, the UN, and Anomalous Aeroplanes

From Reuters:

Two Israeli warplanes and a German navy vessel have clashed off the Lebanese coast, the Defense Ministry in Berlin said on Wednesday without giving further details.

Germany daily Der Tagesspiegel earlier on Wednesday quoted a junior German defense minister as telling a parliamentary committee that two Israeli F-16 fighters flew low over the German ship and fired two shots.

The jets also released infra-red countermeasures to ward off any rocket attack, the paper quoted him as saying.

Israel is letting the UN know it will do what it pleases, and the UN presence will be tolerated as long as Israel finds it useful. No surprises there. Israel is also testing the UN to see how much it can get away with. No real surprises there either.


Something else about the Reuters article caught my eye. The recent photo shown with the article and above is of a two seat F-16 in Israeli Air Force camouflage on an Israeli airbase. However, if you look closely at the tail section, behind the wing and just above the leading edge of the starboard horizontal stabiliser, there is an unmistakable low-vis US military aircraft insignia or "roundel". No Israeli Air Force insignia are visible anywhere on the aircraft. Why?

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