by Dani Zisserman
On Monday, July 29, 1996 at 20:30 EET (18:30 GMT) the residents of Yad-Eliyahu, an area in Tel Aviv, reported seeing two bright lights in the night skies, which proceeded to emit several smaller lights, coloured red, green and blue. The coloured lights seemed to emerge from the primary lights and continued to fly around independently. The lights were reported to be the size of ping-pong balls. Police who were called in reported seeing a bright light in the sky. The lights continued to remain in the skies during the night, and vanished only with daybreak. The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) spokesman stated that no UFO reports were received by the Air Force.
The issue seems to be increasing in intensity, and the [public] interest is peaking.
On Sunday, August 4th, at 1:30 a.m., a police station in the southern city of Eilat (on the banks of the Red Sea) received a report of a UFO in the night sky. The report was of glittering spots of light and flashes of light. The flashes were of alternating colour. Hundreds of citizens came out equipped with binoculars and telescopes to witness the phenomena. Some of them reported seeing three sources of light -- one large and two smaller, which emitted scintillating flashes of light. At 2 a.m., the UFO sighting was reported on local radio, which caused many more citizens to come out and try to see the UFO.
In this case, however, the policemen present reported not to have seen anything and surmised that the lights were originating from an elevated highway across the Jordanian border. This sighting, despite the fact that it involved hundreds of witness, does appear somewhat inconclusive, but even then it remains significant in showing the growing interest and awareness of the phenomena.
The chief debunker in Israel at this time seems to be Prof. Ariel Cohen, from the Atmospheric studies department in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prof. Cohen has been interviewed several times by the national media, and published several newspaper articles, where he tries to explain away the UFO sightings as atmospherical displacement phenomena, weather balloons, or, lo and behold, the planet Venus (Philip Klass, you've got yourself a buddy here.). This distinguished Professor wrote to the Minister of Science, and requested a committee to be established in order to investigate and DISCREDIT (yes -- he actually said it), using scientific tools, all of the recent sightings. The Minister stated that he opposes such a committee -- but I wouldn't be too surprised if such would be eventually established.
The Israeli UFO Research centre has requested to take part in the investigations of such a committee if it were to be established.
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