Did Rogue Israelis Sell Advanced Missiles to Communist China?

A photo said to depict illegal missile development for an unnamed Asian country, released February 11, 2020 by Israeli Police and Shin Bet.

America has had its share of Chinese communist spies and traitors, but now some national security experts are concerned by news that Israeli security services have uncovered a network of rogue operators and traitors that may have been selling advanced cruise missiles to Beijing. Due to Israel’s strict media gag rules and censorship laws regarding issues of national security, it is impossible to confirm that China was the recipient of these sophisticated weapons, but it appears likely.

According to The Times of Israel, the Shin Bet, Israel’s equivalent to the FBI, and Israeli Police announced Thursday that “some 20 suspects have been investigated in recent months for allegedly illegally developing, manufacturing, testing and selling armed cruise missiles to an unnamed Asian country.  While unconfirmed, that ‘Asian country’ appears to be the People’s Republic of China.

The Times reported that in a statement, the Shin Bet said the rogue network:

…included former defense industry employees and the alleged crimes included offenses against the security of the state, violations of the law on the supervision of security exports, money laundering, and additional economic offenses.

The defense industry employees are likely connected to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the nation’s top defense firm. As part of its announcement, Israeli Police released a video in a Tweet apparently showing an illegal missile test carried out in central Israel in 2019. Police said the rocket was fired “not far” from residential neighborhoods.

 

The cruise missiles have been reported as being “armed loitering missiles,” also known as “suicide drones.”

One independent journalist emphasized Israeli concerns that these weapons could get to Iran via North Korea, stating that:

The Israeli report on the case also notes the fear by the Shin Bet that the stolen technology could end up in the hands of an “enemy state.”  My source told me that Israel is most worried about it falling into the hands of Iran or North Korea, both of which have commercial and military ties to China. 

It recently announced a long-term deal with Iran involving sales of oil to China in exchange for commercial products and military technology. It’s possible Israeli counterintelligence officials are worried that China could sell the missiles themselves, or the technical specifications which would permit Iranian engineers to copy the Israeli system.

As the Times added, the Shin Bet said: “This affair underscores the potential damage to the security of the state inherent in illegal transactions carried out by Israeli citizens with foreign elements, including the concern that such technology could reach countries hostile to Israel.”

And, we should add, also reach enemies of the United States.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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John Strom
John Strom
30 days ago

Israel is a “rogue operator” and always has been. They’ll sell anything to anyone – and this goes all the way to the top.

Also, don’t forget that Bill Clinton gave America’s missile launch code technology to the Chinese, to perfect their ICMBs – for campaign donations from Loral Corporation’s CEO Bernie Schwartz and that he also got campaign donations from a Macao Chicom arms dealer and the Mochtar Riady family of Indonesia – ALL illegal.

Deborah Phillips
Deborah Phillips
30 days ago
Reply to  John Strom

You are correct about Israel being ‘rogue operator’. The US also has some of those rogue operators inside the government.

jim
jim
29 days ago

Some? 50% of the people in key positions are Jewish.

Look at the Vindemann / Trump impeachment circus. Just about everyone on both sides was Jewish. Now look at the people taking out the R’s during the election: boockvar, shapiro, nessel, wolfe, frey, etc. Same tribe.

America’s elite is not WASP. The WASPs were replaced in the 60s by Jews.

Joe
Joe
28 days ago
Reply to  jim

Whatever happened to the WASPs?

Phil
Phil
30 days ago
Reply to  John Strom

Beat me to it about bill clinton. He should’ve been impeached on THAT instead of lying about a BJ in the WH.

Phil
Phil
30 days ago
Reply to  John Strom

All the clinton treason done via Johnny Huang and the adjutant general of the communist chinese army. Same clinton who wanted to lease Long Beach Naval Base in California to the communist chinese shipping company COSCO.

Richard P. McArthur
30 days ago

“Manufacturing” and “testing” implies that the company making the missiles is complicit.

Phil
Phil
30 days ago

It was also Bill Clinton who “sold” our ICBM missile guidance secrets/system to the communist chinese adjutant general through Johnny Huang, but no…he doesn’t get arrested for treason. PHEH.

Sam Mann
Sam Mann
30 days ago

‘Apparently supposition reigns supreme in disgorgements by ‘anonymous or ‘someone close’ with no actual proof. This is common behavior to create an imaginary enemy to distract the ignorant from the truth! Rogue operators and traitors ‘that may have been’….’independent journalist emphasized’….’it is {impossible} to confirm that China was the recipient of these sophisticated weapons, {but it appears likely}………..”My source told me”…….how strong is your hate that it will make you believe anything said by anyone about those you fear because of your hatred…

EMW70
EMW70
30 days ago
Reply to  Sam Mann

Sam Mann, we have seen exactly how the CCP operates in these intelectual property thefts. If you go to the source documents on this incident, you will see that this is a carbon copy of at least 30 previous weapons-related intelectual thefts that the CCP conducted in Japan, UK, USA and Italy.
In full disclosure, I do hate the CCP, for what they have done in HK, Tibet, to Chinese Christians, Chinese Muslims, the reefs and fisheries in the SCS, and now to the USA with a successful cultural destruction campaign.

Marina
Marina
30 days ago

Don’t wait today MUST sue Nancy Pelosi for gross negligence causing the wrongful dead of Ashli Babbit in the Capitol riot, she was unarmed, who gave those orders to the the Capitol police to shot an unarmed person without first giving prior notice of that they will be shooting at them , violating the law.
No one is above the Law not even the POTUS, Nancy fired the experienced Capitol chief of police days before the riots and placed an inexperienced person to be in charge, refused the offer from the POTUS TRUMP to have 10,000 troops to stop riots in DC, there are multiple videos that show how the Capitol Police let the rioters in the Capitol and also guide them to the chambers then inside to ambush them and gun down an innocent person.
We The People want the Law to be upheld even to everyone, no one is above the LAW.
Now the say the Capitol police that shot Babbit is in hiding who is helping him to do so, and why they haven’t open an investigation!!!.

Jonathan Wright
Jonathan Wright
29 days ago

Remember when Israel sold American AWAC technology to China?

Jonathan Wright
Jonathan Wright
29 days ago

Remember when Bill Clinton sold or gave US Neutron Warhead technology & ICBM guidance secrets to China!

jim
jim
29 days ago

You are just discovering this now? The USS Liberty attack, the Lavon affair, the Jonathan Pollard case didn’t alert you to this before now???

Americans really are dim witted. They import 500,000 Chinese students to study STEM at their universities, to the point where >50% of all STEM PhD students are Chinese, then they hire them into tech companies, etc. They outsource their production to China, including production of military components.

Then they wonder if they can ‘compete’ with China. It’s mind boggling. 75% of all tech workers in Silicon Valley are foreign born, yet it’s not a national security problem.

Same with the Israel issue. Backstabbed decade after decade, and yet the zombies won’t wake up.

paw paw
paw paw
25 days ago
Reply to  jim

You do have a point!


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