Their recent political differences set aside, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak conferred urgently Saturday night on how Israel should respond to the unidentified pilotless helicopter’s incursion into Israeli air space during the day. They and IDF chiefs know exactly who sent the aircraft by satellite guidance over southern Israel and for what purpose, but are withholding the information from the public out of three considerations:
1. So as not to tie themselves down to any particular option;
2. In case they decide inaction is the better course for now;
3. To wait for word from Washington after fully briefing the White House on the event.