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US Halts Satellite Images of Israel

Photonics Spectra
Sep 1998
In an effort to relieve Israeli fears that detailed images of the country may fall into enemy hands, the US government has banned American satellite-imaging companies from taking certain high-resolution aerial images, according to a spokesman for the US Department of State.

The ban continues to allow 2-m-resolution images, which still could detect the presence of objects such as a tank, but prohibits US companies from taking images of Israel with a 1-m camera.
At that resolution, objects as small as a rifle box are discernible. Israel is the only country to receive an exemption.

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