The cable, released by WikiLeaks on Sept. 1, reported on Cunningham's
meeting with Israeli Maj. Gen. Avichai Mandelblit, the Army's
advocate-general. Mandelblit was said to have briefed the U.S. ambassador on
Israel's investigation of the war with Hamas in January 2009.
In his briefing, Mandelblit did not identify the Israeli UAV that fired
a rocket near the mosque. Palestinian and Western sources, however, said the
Israel Air Force has been using the Hermes-450 UAV to fire lighweight
rockets at ground targets. Israel has never acknowledged the use of armed
"He [Mandelblit] also noted it [mosque] was not on all maps and the UAV
controller did not know it was a time of prayer," the cable said.
Mandelblit also reported the military's use of flechette munitions from
Israeli main battle tanks. Flechette, a modification of the U.S.-made M494
APERS-T round and deemed legal by international law, was meant to stop
infantry troops but was used in the counter-insurgency war against Hamas.
The munition disperses 5,000 darts over a 300x94 meter area.