イスラエル宇宙飛行士Eytan Stibbeの経歴 空軍パイロット→アフリカの武器商人→政治の様々な局面で暗躍する人物

Questions on arms sales, funding bring 2nd Israeli astronaut back down to earth
https://www.timesofisrael.com/questions-on-arms-sales-funding-bring-2nd-israeli-astronaut-back-down-to-earth/

(前略)
By all accounts, Eytan Stibbe was a remarkable fighter pilot. He entered the air force in 1976 where he flew Skyhawk, Phantom and F-16 jets. During the First Lebanon War, he distinguished himself [Hebrew link] as the only F-16 pilot in the history of the Israeli air force who shot down four enemy planes in a single sortie. His commander was Ilan Ramon.

In 1985, Stibbe and fellow former fighter pilots Ami Lustig and Roy Ben Yami founded LR Avionics Technologies Ltd, the company that would later be called LR Group.

The firm reportedly made its money through sales of military equipment from former Warsaw Pact countries to countries in Africa

(中略)
“LR got involved in defense exports in Angola in the mid-80s and spent years massively arming the government there and training its troops. According to a variety of reports, the company sold Sukhoi 27 combat planes, artillery shells, and light weapons to the government.

(中略)
“We helped Angola end the war,” he said. “By bringing them interceptor aircraft, two Sukhoi 27 fighter planes, from Uzbekistan,

(中略)
In October 1997, the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei reported that Bucharest had sold 40 tons of AKM assault rifles to Rwanda, using LR Avionics Technologies Ltd. (LR Group’s previous name) as an intermediary. The newspaper reportedly published customs documents showing that the rifles were sent via Yemen.

(中略)
LR Group has been active in the agriculture, social housing, border surveillance and communications industries in Angola and other African countries, according to Africa Intelligence.

(中略)
In 2012 he also bought a 35 percent stake in the Mitrelli Group, a company that works in agriculture, fisheries, water, energy, education and health in Angola, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal and other “developing countries,” according to its website.

Stibbe has also been linked to normalization efforts with Gulf Arab states, though he denies any connection to such efforts.

In July, Haaretz reported that it was Stibbe’s private jet, M-ANGO, that took Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a secret trip to Oman in October 2018. The trip was seen as a dramatic sign of warming ties between Israel and Gulf countries.

Haaretz’s English edition editor Avi Scharf has further reported that Stibbe’s private plane was spotted in Bahrain on September 30 and again in Bahrain the following week, at the same time Mossad chief Yossi Cohen was there. It was also spotted in Abu Dhabi in early October.

(中略)
Stibbe may also have been linked to Israel’s normalization accord with Sudan,

(中略)
According to Africa Intelligence, an evangelical group called Uganda Christian Coalition for Israel played a prominent role in Netanyahu’s one-day trip to Entebbe.

(中略)
The group is closely linked to Yoweri Museveni’s daughter Patience Rwaboogo, according to the report, which claimed that she is also a partner in Stibbe’s Vital Capital Fund. . . The fund is registered in the British Virgin Islands and the names of its partners are not public.
(後略)



必要以上に冗長な文章。子供たちが憧れる宇宙飛行士の正体が武器商人だったというタイトルなので、武器商人として稼いだお金で、宇宙旅行を個人として購入し、大統領の前で宣誓した件を批判した記事なのかと思ったら、イスラエル空軍の天下りという地位を生かした輝かしいスパイ経歴の人物で、イスラエルの長い自慢話に仕上がっていた。

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