The launch of Israel’s latest spy satellite, the Ofek 16, into the deep unknown on Monday morning marked a significant military success for the Jewish state, a country deep in crisis – both politically and socioeconomically.
Taking off from Palmahim airbase in the center of the country using a Shavit launcher – which according to foreign reports is used to launch Jericho ballistic missiles – the Ofek 16 successfully made it into orbit and is expected to send back its first high-resolution pictures by next week.
The successful launch comes at a time when Israel is still reeling from the coronavirus, with more than 1,000 new confirmed cases a day and close to 350 deaths, leading to a return to lockdowns—and where tensions between Israel and Iran are heading spaceward—with several mysterious explosions having targeted Tehran’s missile and nuclear project, and Iran having been accused of targeting Israel’s water supply in a cyber attack.
“God, we ask that You watch over Israel and all Your children—that You would continue to protect them and give them strength.”
Originally posted at visionforisrael.com