The US has agreed to give Israel a booster rocket for its next moon mission, furthering the country’s aggressive push for regional dominance.
“This is an important milestone in our cooperation,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday following a meeting with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “Israel will get to use cutting-edge technology that can be used in many other areas.”
A new law in Israel, which has been drawing waves of controversy in the international community for its treatment of Palestinians, allows for accelerated annexation of occupied territories. It was recently passed to become part of the country’s constitution despite widespread condemnation by foreign governments (and unsurprisingly applauded by US president Donald Trump).
“When you annex land in space there is less resistance by other countries because clearly territory is being gained in the future, not now,” stated Israeli general Erez Eshed.
Many are concerned with the security risk posed by IAI’s plans to sell its Iron Dome system to Israel Aerospace Industries for space-based use, but Eshed remains adamant that this is a must.
“Israel must be prepared to protect its territory from any country with even the most basic earthbound weapons,” he said. “This includes Iran.”
The US has already taken steps in that direction by recently passing the Space Force Act , establishing America’s first military branch exclusively for space, which will officially become active on the first of April.
IAI has promised to start work immediately on its new booster rocket, which it intends to launch immediately after completing a deal with SpaceX for new transport spacecraft. Meanwhile, scientists at NASA have expressed concerns about an upcoming “mass extinction event” caused by mining operations in space.
“We are already dealing with a radiation crisis from Fukushima,” said NASA administrator James Bridenstine on Sunday.
At press time, Israel has launched its new booster rocket into orbit after completing the final stage of space-based annexation. The spacecraft will begin mining operations within days.
It’s no secret that the US, Israel and China are pushing for new technology to claim territory in space. It is the latest move in an ongoing battle for control of resources on earth and beyond.
“The US is losing its advantage fast,” said Dr Ian Black, a senior analyst at Control Risks Group. “They realise that if they don’t act now, it will be too late.”
The US is expected to receive its first new booster rocket within the next few months.
“I’m here for my own personal safety,” said Irina Rodnina, a Russian opposition leader who defected to Israel on Tuesday evening. “A few of us have already managed to escape, but there are many who haven’t. I hope the US protects me.”
The former figure skater is believed to be referring to her safety after taking part in a protest against Russia’s annexation of Crimea on New Year’s Eve 2014. She was later attacked outside her home by unknown assailants and put into hospital for “treatment”.
“There is a real risk of extraterritorial conflict as countries fight for control of resources on earth and beyond,” said Dr Black. “At this rate, things could get pretty nasty by the end of the year.”
With China’s new technology already being hailed as a success, it seems likely that numerous corporations will start vying for control soon. US-based SpaceX has already begun accepting enrolments for its next round of space tourism, while NASA is expected to announce an official list of candidates for its first crewed mission within the coming months.
While many are excited about this new era, many others are expressing grave concerns over the future environmental impacts.