Jerusalem – Israel’s and Germany’s security establishments are jointly developing a new and advanced system to locate ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead known as “Bluebird,” according to Defense News.

The system, described as a highly classified development, is meant to locate the ballistic missile by means of sensors and infrared rays and to identify, while moving, if it carries a nuclear warhead, explosives, or if it has no warhead (like a number of the Scud missiles that Saddam Hussein fired in the first Gulf War). The data will be relayed in real time to various systems on the ground that will analyze them and cause the destruction of the target at the appropriate altitude. The Israeli-German development team plans to install the system on unmanned aerial vehicles that will patrol on a regular basis, on missile boats and even on stationary systems. One security source said, “Bluebird can hunt the missile and identify it at long ranges, it can relay the relevant information to systems in Israel, and we will then be able to defend ourselves better and attack the target.”

An Israeli security source admitted that the security establishment was quick to tell the Americans of the progress in developing the system, with the intention of having it join the project, but for an unclear reason the details leaked to the media and were reported in
Defense News and the Germans were very angry.

“This caused great embarrassment in the Defense Ministry,” the source said.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.