Israel launches satellite to spy on Iran

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 |    

Israel was planning to launch a satellite on Tuesday that will spy on Iran's nuclear program, according to an Israeli defense official said. The Eros B satellite is designed to spot images on the ground as small as 27 1/2 inches, a defense official said, allowing Israel to gather information on Iran's nuclear program and its long-range missiles, which are capable of striking Israel. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for Israel's annihilation, most recently on Monday, saying Israel was a "fake regime" that "cannot logically continue to live." Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, meanwhile, said Iran has already funneled $10 million to Palestinian militant groups since the beginning of the year, according to a newspaper report.

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