Israel is developing terminator robots that will be capable of assassinating terrorist leaders in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, a Likud party minister claimed Saturday.
Speaking at a cultural event in the southern city of Beersheba, minister-without-portfolio Ayoub Kara said such robots will be able to enter enemy territory and kill the leaders of terror groups targeting Israel without putting soldiers in harm’s way.
“The robot that can take out [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah and the heads of Hamas is on the way,” he said.
Asked if he was confusing the robot he described with a science fiction novel, Kara pointed to military technologies currently deployed by the IDF, such as drones and the Iron Dome missile defense, as proof that the seemingly unbelievable can be possible.
“Did anyone believe it there would be Iron Dome five or 10 years ago? Did anyone believe it would be possible to launch a Qassam [rocket] and someone will [be able to] get rid of it and destroy it in the air?”
In addition to killing the leaders of terror groups, Kara also said that the robotic soldiers will be able to enter attack tunnels such as those employed by Hamas against Israel during the 2014 Gaza War “and chase after these rats that are underground and eliminate them. It doesn’t return without destroying them.”
Kara said that the development of such a robot would eliminate the need for Israeli soldiers to risk being endangered when fighting in enemy territory, while also claiming that the robot will be indestructible.
“It is impossible to destroy [the robot], only it can destroy,” he said, as the robot will be built from “special material.”
Kara refused to reveal further details on the robot, saying he did not want to “again be entangled” in controversy, having garnered attention for a number of recent provocative actions and statements.
In November, Kara posted to his Facebook page details of a security-related incident involving the Jewish state, all elements of which are still under a gag order. The post was quickly taken down, but not before journalists and others saw the information.
A month earlier Kara drew condemnation from the Foreign Ministry when, during a visit to Italy, he suggested that powerful earthquakes in that country were divine retribution for anti-Israel actions in the United Nations.