Back in 2016, I published maps of the locations of some of Israeli more secret security and intelligence sites. Of course, almost every Israeli knows where these places are. But military censorship imposes artificial restrictions on publication of information about them. They adopt the notion that what the media can’t show, the world will not know or see.
So I attempted to break through this government-imposed opacity in order to make the hitherto secret, more transparent. Since then, a number of mapping platforms have offered satellite maps of these same locations. Until recently, the satellite images were quite blurry, since US law prohibited the platforms from offering the public high resolution images. Such images were, of course, available to governments and intelligence agencies around the world.
But recently, one of these platforms, Mapbox, began offering the highest resolution images ever accessible to these “secret” sites. So I’m updating that old post with these latest sharper versions, so you can see what the censor wants to hide from you.
The images feature satellite photos of the following:
- Shin Bet headquarters (Tel Aviv)
- Shin Bet headquarters (Jerusalem)
- Unit 8200 listening post (Mt. Ora)
- Unit 8200 headquarters (Camp Glilot)
- Mossad headquarters (Tel Aviv)
- Sdot Micha
- IDF Special Operations headquarters (Sayeret Matkal and other elite units)
Sdot Micha is a “secret” Israeli airbase which houses the IDF nuclear weapons command and its Jericho ICBM missiles and launch silos. The Unit 8200 main listening post was recently moved from Ofrit, a joint NSA-IDF site in occupied East Jerusalem, to another elevated site in Jerusalem called Mt. Ora. From its commanding position it can upload instructions to Israeli satellites and download the data they have collected on Israeli surveillance targets globally. Camp Glilot houses the IDF’s Unit 8200 headquarters.
I’d like to feature pictures of buildings at any of these locations. If you find any, please let me know.