Former Israeli Security Official: Iran likely involved in Hijacked Flight 370

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And if the pilot was coerced?

An Iranian connection would not surprise me at all. Iran is not afraid of Obama. Obama caved to Iran. Iran laughs at the self-congratulating blockhead. No one is afraid of Obama except the RINOs and the GOP.

If Iran is involved, you can be sure they never would have pulled this under Bush.

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“Ex-El Al expert: Iran likely involved in MH 370,” By Debra Kamin,  Times of Israel, March 16, 2014 (thanks to Van)

Based on profiling, pilots are unlikely suspects, says Israeli airline’s former security chief; he and other experts believe plane intact

The former security chief for El Al said that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 points directly to Iran.

Isaac Yeffet, who served as head of global security for Israel’s national carrier in the 1980s and now works as an aviation security consultant in New Jersey, said investigators were correct in honing in on the two fake-passport carrying Iranian passengers on the doomed flight, and they have wasted valuable time by exploring other leads.

“What happened to this aircraft, nobody knows. My guess is based upon the stolen passports, and I believe Iran was involved,” he said. “They hijacked the aircraft and they landed it in a place that nobody can see or find it.”

In the immediate aftermath of the aircraft’s disappearance, which occurred last week during a standard night flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Malaysian officials and the media were fixated on the story of two Iranians who had made it onto the plane with stolen passports. As the days wore on and the investigation uncovered new and confusing details, with officials admitting that the plane could have traveled for as long as seven hours without radio contact, and that its potential location could be anywhere from northern Kyrgyzstan to the southern Indian Ocean, attention has shifted to the pilots and to far-flung conspiracy theories. This is a misstep, said Yeffet, and one that would not have happened in Israel.

This photo taken Dec. 26, 2011, shows the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared from air traffic control screens Saturday, taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located the jetliner several hours later. (photo credit: AP/Laurent Errera)

This photo taken Dec. 26, 2011, shows the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared from air traffic control screens Saturday, taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn’t located the jetliner several hours later. (photo credit: AP/Laurent Errera)

“This would never have happened on an Israeli plane,” says Yeffet. “An El Al aircraft was hijacked for the first and last time in 1968. Since then, there has not been a single flight where security did not check every single name.”

However, it would have taken more than just a pair of Iranians with forged documents, Yeffet said, to pull off such an astonishing crime. “I can’t believe for a second that if these people planned to hijack the aircraft, it was just them,” he said. But based upon the tried-and-true Israeli intelligence strategy of profiling, the pilots, he said, are unlikely suspects.

“We are talking about a captain who is 53 years old, who has worked for Malaysia Airlines for 30 years, and suddenly he became a terrorist? He wanted to commit suicide? If he committed suicide, where is the debris?”

Adding that the captain in question, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was known to be happily married and comfortably well-off, Yeffet said the profile simply does not fit. “From the United States to China to Japan, everybody is searching for this aircraft or piece of it. And there is no sign. So in my opinion, the aircraft was hijacked. And it was an excellent plan from the terrorists, to land in a place where they can hide the plane and no one can find it.”

A woman wipes her tears after walking out of the reception center and holding area for family and friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Saturday, March 8, 2014. (photo credit: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

A woman wipes her tears after walking out of the reception center and holding area for family and friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Saturday, March 8, 2014. (photo credit: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Lt. Col. (Res.) Eran Ramot, a former IAF fighter pilot and the head of aviation research at Israel’s Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, however, drew other conclusions.

“It would be very complicated [for someone other than the pilot to have flown the plane],” Ramot said, based on the stunning revelations that the flight not only made a total U-turn from its planned route but also dipped in between radar points for hours and had all of its tracking systems manually turned off. “It takes somebody that knows how to operate an airplane like this.”

Like Yeffet, Ramot believes the plane was being intentionally flown to a secret location, and he went as far as to say he is holding out hope that the 239 passengers and crew who were on board are still alive.

“We don’t know any better yet,” he said. “One of my theories is that the airplane landed in Bangladesh. It could reach there, it’s very close to Afghanistan. It could have landed on airstrip there, and everybody on board is still alive. It could be done.”

An Indonesian Navy crew member scans the water bordering Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand during a search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 near the Strait of Malacca on Monday, March 10, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Binsar Bakkara)

An Indonesian Navy crew member scans the water bordering Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand during a search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 near the Strait of Malacca on Monday, March 10, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Binsar Bakkara)

Asked what would have happened if the plane – which went undetected for hours as it blipped across Malaysian radars – had entered Israeli airspace, Ramot said, “It would not go unnoticed, that’s for sure. Action would have been carried out, the least of which would have been an interception to escort it.”

That doesn’t mean that the Malaysian military wasn’t paying attention, he added. It’s simply that in Israel, the margin for taking chances is significantly reduced.

“It’s a matter of atmosphere,” he said. “Here, every blip on the screen is suspicious because that’s the way we live. That’s our daily program. I can’t imagine they pay as much attention, but if a blip runs wide or runs strange, I would expect them to notice.”

Pini Schiff, one of Israel’s top aviation security experts, said that if there is any comfort that Israelis can take from the story of MH 370, which is proving to be one of the most confounding aviation disasters of all time, it is that it could never happen to a plane flying out of Ben-Gurion International Airport.

“It simply wouldn’t happen at Ben-Gurion,” he said. “The level of security at Ben-Gurion and on all El Al planes is so high, there is nothing more they could do… Nations are not spending billions of dollars the way the Israeli government is protecting Israeli aviation, because the threat against Israeli aviation is so high. What we are doing in Ben-Gurion is an operation that is not being done in any other airport in the world. Not in the United States, not in Britain, not in Germany, not anywhere.”

Like his colleagues, Schiff said that his guess is as good as anyone’s as to the fate of MH 370, but he also believes there’s a good possibility that it has been brought down, intact, on a hidden runway in some far-flung corner of the world.

“It will be found. It may take a month or a year, but eventually, it will be found,” he said. “This aircraft didn’t vanish. It exists somewhere in the world, and it will be found, probably in one piece.”

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  • Michael Sweeney

    While I applaud Israel for their aviation safety, something tells me that it would all be for naught if you had a suicidal pilot at the controls.

    • Dan

      Most pilots in Israel are ex IAF pilots who
      are thoroughly screened, none of them are Muslim and I suspect they will never
      be…

      • NoCrud

        Same as one Brazilian airline from decades ago: Panair. The flew for 26-27 years before being bought out by another airline and their rule was to always hire retired Brazilian AF pilots. In that period of time, there was no crash or lives lost on the airline and they also flew Catalina PBY flying boats on the Amazon in all kinds of weather. Using pilots with military experience is not lost here, either. Most airlines prefer veteran pilots or graduates from Embry-Riddle in Florida.

  • http://pislamonauseacentral.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

    I can believe that!

  • Eduardo González

    Perhaps the plane will be refueled, loaded with explosives and will be sent on a suicidal mission to a highly populated city. Faking the transponder ID of any valid flight is perhaps feasible by these criminals, so they can mimic another flight and approach to the target with a few minutes in advance (if they don’t destroy the harmless plane on air just minutes before). The nightmare has not finished.

    • Tiger Fuzzytoes

      If Iran is involved and they get the ability to ubild a nuke think about that scenerio. Obama is giving them the time and ability… they have the plane to deliver it anywhere in the world now. who needs a ICBM when you can just grab a plane full of civilians and use them as human shields to deliver a nuke. Would Iran realy care if they killed innocent civilians when they use a plane that size to deliver a massive bomb.

      • Eduardo González

        Tiger, you might be right. But other terrorist groups could also attack, with or without conventional WMD (although a 777 loaded with explosives is a WMD).

  • Nelson Stanley

    its ALWAYS -ALWAYS – ALWAYS –THE MOSLEMS !!

    • Syed Afsar Raza

      I do not know what to say about Zionist killers?????????

      • Nelson Stanley

        whats to say ?? Zionists are civilized !

      • Jill

        Nothing. They don’t exist. Glad to have sorted that out for you.

  • Traci A. Moulton

    This stinks to high heaven all your would’ve could’ve BS !! Someone knows something between Interpol, and our domestic and foreign entities.

    • Larenzo1

      Sorry Interpol is the least likely to know as an investigative body they are not much.

      • NoCrud

        Interpol is mostly a data collector and information provider. They do not normally evaluate what they collect and consider themselves too busy already to do that.

        • Larenzo1

          Oh they have investigators I have dealt with them and it is a joke.

  • Traci A. Moulton

    My concern is with the passengers ??

  • ricardo

    My dear: Stop distracting the world. The answer to this mistery is not in the passenger list. It is in the cargo manifest where appears what was carried to China and was diverted to…(????)…

    • http://pislamonauseacentral.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

      A passenger plane would not be carrying much, if any, cargo.

      • NoCrud

        The cargo is often the big moneymaker for the airlines, even in passenger planes. I read several decades ago that the passengers do make them some money but it was not uncommon for the cargo to bring in at least One Hundred Thou ($100,000) in revenue to the airline. But some cargo need not be all that heavy but still very valuable, such as precious metals or gems.

        • http://pislamonauseacentral.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

          Right.

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    Thanks Pamela!

    The pilot may just be serving as the “designated scapegoat”, chosen by the authorities for that role, for political reasons.

  • http://marcwinger.com/ Jupiter C.

    There are many concerns that would love to get a hold of an airliner to carry a wmd’s to a target. I also believe Iran is complicit.

  • Ted Fiorito

    The world sees Obama as the naked King unless you’re a Liberal….

    • catherineinpvb

      We saw him when he was a ‘naked’ Congressman; a ‘naked’ candidate; and yes; a ‘naked President’. . .Oh; the pretense; and absolute inauthenticity of this man’s life; and the damage done; thanks to ‘blinders’ and willful ignorance.

  • Richard

    Not credible. Doesn’t fit with the evidence. Those two hadn’t planned to be on this flight. According to the travel agent in Thailand they wanted the cheapest flight and not this particular flight. There is no evidence they were trained pilots or had knowledge of this route. If they had entered the cockpit and tried to take over, the crew and passengers would have been alerted and the world would have got to know.

    It was someone who didn’t give the crew and passengers any warning, someone they trusted and couldn’t have suspected, and the evidence, turning off the two signalling devices and then communicating that all was well, points to the pilot. Only after that did the plane turn and climb – again points to the pilot. A person who knew when the precise right moment was to turn – the moment of signing off from Malaysia and handing over of the aircraft to Vietnamese authorities.

    To try and blame Iran or Islamic terrorism, against all evidence, exposes one to the claim of bias. Iran, “fanatical” pilot, Muslim brotherhood – this is like the police catching hold of known crims to pin a crime, but had nothing to do with the people they accuse.

  • “ACT! for America” Germany

    So why is one (or both) of the photos photoshopped? These Iranian guys have the same legs? Very fishy, and obvious, as ever. No offense to Israel, but is someone trying to get us involved in a war with Iran? Or sour China’s support of Iran?

    • Larenzo1

      That has been explained and I have seen it happen before1 It is a copying error when scanning two photographs not uncommon.

      • catherineinpvb

        That explanation ‘given’. ..but why not, the same head – or two?

  • Robert Gift

    Fun reading the speculations and conspiracy stories.
    But I am so sorry about the likely murders of innocent women and children and men.
    If done for HIslam, th.is excellent example of why no one should be Muslim.

    • NoCrud

      One religion says, “Give your child until he’s ten years old and he will always be a [name of religion].”

      In the case of the Muslims, they have their children indoctrinated before they can walk. They even take pictures of their newborn babies with AK-47’s and other war-making items. It is all they know. This is also why they value life so little.

  • Michael McFarland

    sp. Muslims.

  • Carol Miller

    And, this aircraft will eventually be located, in pieces, all passengers gone, never to be interviewed, and some bogus excuse for the plane’s demise given to the American citizens by our corrupt Administration. Just like Bin Laden’s sudden death….with no proof or photographs to insure the fact.

  • quovadis2014

    Those two Iranians don’t look like soldiers or agents at all. They’re too skinny. Neither of them have done a push up in their life.

    • NoCrud

      That is IF, IF, IF that picture is actually of them. Or, could it be that they are distractions from the real terrorist passengers? Every one of the passengers must be intensely scrutinized. I’m betting China is doing precisely that.

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  • Covadonga

    Mr. Yeffet could be correct about the two Iranians with stolen passports, and about the Iranian government being ultimately behind it, and yet Col. Ramot could also be correct about Bangladesh being the touch down point where the plane is hidden.

    If Iran wants the passengers, crew members, and/or cargo, those can be sorted out on the ground, and smuggled into Iran by other means of transport.

    Bangladesh makes sense:

    Whoever is behind this, and regardless of their motivation, they are pissing off China, even if that is not their goal (Iran,) and also if it is (Uighurs).

    Bangladesh has a government this is both Islamic and (unlike that of its former oppressors, the Pakistanis,) has no reason to be sentimental about China. That makes Bangladesh a good cut out point, so that Iran, whose mullahs want continued technology support from China and China’s mini-me N. Korea to boost their Holocaust weapons program, can avoid direct blame.

    Bangladesh is closer to the red arc traced by the satellite data than Iran or Pakistan is. The country is not as far from Malaysia as is Iran, Pakistan, or Central Asia, and fuel is a factor, especially if the two Iranians with stolen passports were responsible, rather than the pilots. (If it was an inside job, the plane might have taken off with more fuel than the trip to Peking would require, relaxing this constraint somewhat.)

    The route to Bangladesh would not have taken the plane close to the American radar on Diego Garcia, India’s radar picket line along its northwestern border with Pakistan, or Chinese radar. A destination in Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, or western Central Asia would have. A destination in eastern Central Asia (eastern Kazakhstan) would have taken the flight directly through Tibetan or other Chinese-controlled airspace, and possibly near whatever radar system India has to protect its northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh from Chinese attack.

    Whatever the mission actually is, and whoever is doing it, staying off Chinese, Indian, and American radar was one of the criteria used in the mission planning process.

    • NoCrud

      Sri Lanka is also another prime candidate. As is Southern Philippines where it is heavily Muslim.

      One of bin Laden’s wives was a Filipina. All the chatter about “turning west” from the normal flight path could have also been a diversionary tactic. Also, flying to the Philippines would be much closer than any other supposed destination.

  • Richard

    That “Former Israeli Security Official”, Ex-El Al “expert” is obviously an idiot shooting off his mouth without regard to the evidence.

    ““We are talking about a captain who is 53 years old, who has worked for Malaysia Airlines for 30 years, and suddenly he became a terrorist? He wanted to commit suicide? If he committed suicide, where is the debris?”

    For heavens sake. He didnt suddenly become a terrorist. He may have wanted to commit suicide though. That happens. Where is the debris? For 1 week they were combing the South China Sea. The Indian Ocean is at least as big as North America.

    “Adding that the captain in question, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was known to be happily married and comfortably well-off, Yeffet said the profile simply does not fit.”

    What is his definition of “happily married”? Divorced? Wife and children leaving just the previous day to his flying?

  • Syed Afsar Raza

    Please have a close look at the pics of the suspects and their legs described in the article. They are same and alike. It means they are photo edited………..

    • blacksunshine84

      I read a “journalist’s” response to this. She said it wasn’t meant to deceive, just one picture was put on top of another in the copier bed. But that does not explain the negative space, does it?

  • http://www.apollospeaks.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    HOW WILL IRAN RESPOND?

    By claiming that the X-Files Divison of Mossad caused the plane to vanish by moving the Bermuda Triange to South Esat Asia.

    Is civil war coming to Iran’s ally Venezuela? For the answer click my name then my website.

  • bobbah

    muzbags did it makes sense. IT was In retaliation for the way China is treating the sect in the North of their country. They want no muslims in their country, to ruin it. Shame on the most depraved sect/religion/political party in the world. If there is a G-d please come down and correct your mistake in allowing muhamad to start this rubbish.

  • Zog Buster

    An identical twin of the Malaysian Boeing 777 currently resides in a hanger in Tel Aviv. No doubt the Mossad have plans for this identical Boeing 777 to use in a false flag attack and blame it on Iran and Pakistan.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZhSmYAvugU