[CNI News thanks Israeli journalist Barry Chamish (firstname.lastname@example.org) for this brief description of three recent UFO videos shot in Israel, and several animal mutilation cases. Chamish showed the three videos at the recent International UFO Congress in Laughlin, Nevada, then turned them over to noted video expert Jim Dilettoso of Village Labs in Tempe, Arizona, for analysis. CNI News has not viewed these videos and awaits further information from Village Labs.]
by Barry Chamish
(March 1, 1998) -- Due to the superb research of David Ronen, Doron Rotem and two young newcomers, Gil Bar and Eddie Shpitz, it turns out that 1997 was a vintage year for Israeli ufology. Some of the most dramatic physical evidence of the country's intense ten years of activity emerged last year.
Over three nights in September 1996, Elad Niger filmed a remarakable UFO over the coastal plains city of Kochav Yair from his vantage point in the nearby city of Kfar Saba. He released the films to David Ronen in March of 1997. They reveal the prettiest UFO ever filmed in Israel. It looks like a colorful apple wearing a three pronged crown.
1997 saw three UFOs filmed in Rishon Letzion, 20 miles south of Tel Aviv and a center of UFO activity since 1993. Of the three clips, none is so memorable as Gil Bar's November filming of an ellipsoid disk captured in 4 pm sunlight being chased by an Israeli Air Force F-15. The UFO's high speed maneuvers to escape the jet are most acrobatic. This is the first known instance of a military plane chasing a UFO captured on film in Israel.
Then on November 26, 1997, Nahum Shomroni videotaped an afternoon invasion of low flying UFOs over Tel Aviv. The light conditions were perfect and the craft were flying at only an estimated 700 meters altitude. The result is a breathtaking view of three sponge-shaped, dark UFOs of a type possibly never seen before.
[By "sponge-shaped," Chamish told CNI News, he means natural sea sponges that could also be called "brain-shaped" or perhaps "cauliflower-shaped." CNI News is not aware of any other report of UFOs shaped in this fashion. Chamish says the three "sponge-shaped" UFO are very clear, showing dark against a blue daylight sky. -- ed.]
1997 also saw two disturbing animal mutilation incidents associated with UFO sightings. They continued a pattern that began in the Negev village of Klachim in December 1996. Sylvia and Yitzhak Kadosh witnessed "an image as big as a house sparkling like a welding torch" land near their donkey compound. The light vanished before their eyes and they hoped it would be the last time their farm suffered such an intrusion. But two nights later, two donkeys were mutilated. The older one had its eyes and tongue removed and its rib cage was exposed by a surgical removal of skin and tissue. The younger animal only had the latter operation performed on it.
In July 1997, the Glam family of Sde Uziah, thirty miles west of Klachim, had a UFO experience which culminated in Mrs. Glam being chased by a projected light from an unknown source. Two nights later, their sheep pen was invaded and five sheep were drained bloodless from precise holes drilled in their cheeks.
Doron Rotem researched both incidents and to this day keeps an example from Sde Uziah frozen in his freezer. He admits his wife is not happy about this mutilated carcass sharing space with the family groceries.
One incident made national news, the only UFO story to do so all year. [Note: The Israeli media clamped down hard in January 1997 after getting burned on a story from the town of Achiod in which a small lizard carcass set off a short-lived media frenzy when local citizens claimed it was an alien embryo. -- ed] On November 2, a silver ellipsoid disk hovered over the Gaza Strip settlement of Paat Hasadeh. On November 8, Yaacov Mazal-Terem awoke to discover a row of twelve pairs of holes, 5 centimeters deep, along the fence which enclosed his horse. The horse itself had two 1 cm. holes surgically drilled into its front hooves. The row of holes in the ground was photographed by the national media and their origin remains a mystery. Speculation is they were alien tracks or pod marks from a craft.
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