All that's known is what Israel said each time. Best to take its reports with a grain of salt. They rarely have credibility.
"What were the launchers of Saturday's drone looking for," asked Haaretz? "According to the size of the explosion caused by the (Israeli) strike, it appears" not to have been carrying explosives.
Was its purpose surveillance or intelligence gathering? Did it hope to learn anything over barren or sparsely populated desert? How much could be gotten when Israel could easily down it over any location it wished?
In other words, drone penetrations of Israel are futile for strategic purposes. So why would any external originator launch one? Haaretz and YNet News left those considerations unaddressed.
Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) weighed in. On October 7, it headlined "UAV intrusion: Iranian act of belligerence against US and Israeli military targets," saying:
"(T)he penetration of Israeli air space by a large unmanned 'helicopter' should not have been allowed to happen."
"Unmanned helicopter?" It's not known if Hezbollah has them or how to operate them?
"The incident," said DF, "showed (Israeli) intelligence and command not up to handling surprises, even after countless drills and exercises."- Advertisement -
DF said Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said "(t)he resistance movement will surprise Tel Aviv in any future war."
"(W)ith Iranian backing, (Hezbollah) almost certainly proved its point Saturday, very likely in collaboration with its Palestinian ally, Hamas."
DF never misses a chance to beat up on Iran. It incorrectly cited Revolutionary Guard Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh. It claimed he said "his country was not waiting to be attacked but ready to carry out preemptive operations against the US and Israel."
At a September news conference, he said :
"Iran will not start any war, but it could launch a preemptive attack if it was sure that the enemies are putting the final touches to attack it."
He added that Washington would support an Israeli attack. "For this reason, we will enter a confrontation with both parties and will definitely be at war with American bases should a war break out."
He specifically mentioned US facilities in Bahrain, Qatar and Afghanistan. "We see the United States and the Zionist regime alongside one another and we can by no means imagine that the Zionist regime would initiate a war (against Iran) without US support."