Reactions to the Professor's startling revelations varied from those taking the comments as a major breakthrough on disclosure of extraterrestrial life, to many claiming he either had lost his mind or his words were distorted during the translation process.
It's important to point out that Eshed gave the interview to promote his recent book, published in Hebrew, titled The Universe Beyond the Horizon conversations with Professor Haim Eshed.
This is where one controversy arises since he appeared to say much more in his interview than what he told in his book.
Here's the crux of what he had to say according to an extract of the interview, translated into English, that was published by The Jewish Press on December 5, which set off the worldwide controversy:
There's an underground base in the depths of Mars, where their representatives are, and also our American astronauts.
Anticipating that some would conclude that he had lost his mind in making such comments, he who is also a former Brigadier General in the Israel Defense Force (IDF), added for good measure:
Support for Professor Eshed's continued sanity comes from former colleagues such as the current head of the Israel Space Agency, Dr. Isaac Ben-Israel (also a former IDF general), who says that Eshed,
Ben-Israel's admission is vitally important since it shows that Eshed's beliefs about alleged alien contacts and joint agreements with the US have evolved over decades during much of his professional life, and not a post-career flight of fancy as contended by some.
Other former colleagues such Dr. Dan Blumberg, the current head of the Earth and Planetary Image Facility at Ben Gurion University, says that the extraterrestrial topic is an important one that Eshed is more than qualified to cover authoritatively, but not as appears in the original Yedioth article:
Blumberg's position is similar to many in that Eshed's views were either mistranslated or embellished in the original December 4 article.
But were they..?
What's important to keep in mind in finding an answer is that the Yedioth Aharonot interview follows the traditional question and answer format, interspersed with the interviewer's commentary.
The commentary sections involve the interviewer applying Eshed's views to contemporary developments, which might raise the possibility of mistranslation or embellishment.
I did a Google Translate of the Yedioth Aharonot interview into English and found Eshed's responses to questions where he addressed the issues of US alien agreements, a US base on Mars, and a Galactic Federation monitoring human events.
I was able to confirm that his responses, through Google Translate, closely matched what was written in,
...in their English language articles.
While I'm not
proficient in the Hebrew language, nor does Google Translate do
justice to what Eshed is saying, there is nevertheless consistency
in the quotes attributed to him, by these three independent Israeli
news stories, with the translation of the Professor's own words by
Each Israeli source discussed the radical implications of what was said rather than raise problems of embellishment or translation.
Clearly, the writers for each Israeli source read the original Yedioth Aharonot interview to get the gist of what Eshed was saying in his own words.
What was subsequently published in Israeli news sources are therefore accurate translations of what Professor Eshed actually said rather than embellishments or distortions as suggested by leading UFO researchers such as Britain's Nick Pope.
He told NBC News:
Having eliminated translation or embellishment problems, then,
In 1969, Eshed was sent to the US by the Israel Defense Force's (IDF) Intelligence Division to gain a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering. Upon his return, he headed the IDF's research and development department in the Intelligence Corps.
By 1979, as Lt. Colonel in the IDF, he began to work on a detailed proposal for the establishment of a satellite program that could be used for space reconnaissance of the Middle East.
In 1981, Eshed retired from active military service and became a full-time professor at the Israel Institute of Technology, aka Technion, Israel's oldest and top-ranked University.
He subsequently played key roles in founding and leading the Israel Space Agency (1983) and the Technion's (Asher) Space Research Institute (1984).
Eshed managed Israel's satellite projects, including its highly classified spy satellites responsible for monitoring the Middle East region for possible national security threats such as Iran's secret construction of nuclear weapons facilities.
There are two phases during his military and civilian career that Eshed would have acquired access to information concerning extraterrestrial life and technology.
One of these very likely included a joint US extraterrestrial base on Mars reported by various insiders associated with the Montauk Project (1971-1983).
Decades later, Laura Eisenhower, the great granddaughter of President Eisenhower, says that,
Consequently, it is likely that it is through joint US Israeli collaboration on breakthrough technologies while he was associated with Unit 81 during his military service that Eshed first learned about a secret US base on Mars and extraterrestrial agreements.
During his subsequent "civilian career" (1981-2010), Eshed no doubt continued to work closely with his peers from DARPA and the CIA on breakthrough technologies, while he focused on space surveillance technologies for the IDF.
Up to his retirement in October 2010, Professor Eshed had been responsible for the launch of 20 Israeli satellites during his nearly 30-year career at the Space Research Institute and the Israel Space Agency.
During his command of Israel's spy satellite program, he now worked closely with US peers from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which runs spy satellites and is jointly run by the Pentagon and the CIA.
It's during joint intelligence sharing between the NRO, CIA, and the Pentagon's National Security Agency (NSA), with the IDF, Israel Space Agency, and the Space Research Institute that Eshed presumably learned a lot more about highly classified US programs concerning UFOs and extraterrestrial life that he first learned about while working for Unit 81.
According to Dan Sherman, a 12-year veteran with the US Air Force (1982-1994), the NSA ran an electronic communications program ("Project Preserve Destiny") with extraterrestrials that relayed details about abducted humans that were returned to their pick-up locations unharmed and with memories wiped.
Sherman's testimony matches what Prof. Eshed and others have said about US extraterrestrial agreements and genetic experiments.
As for Eshed's revelations about a Galactic Federation monitoring human affairs and deciding that humanity is not yet ready for open contact, this is clearly a highly controversial claim.
There have been many claims of an extraterrestrial Federation, Confederation, or Alliance monitoring human affairs and regulating multiple alien visitors' activities to our world.
The earliest reference goes back to 1952 when the famed contactee, George Van Tassel, claimed to be in communication with the "Ashtar Command," which was deemed to be part of a wider Galactic Federation, that requested the US abandon research into thermonuclear weapons.
The Galactic Federation/Ashtar Command was involved in a failed diplomatic outreach that occurred on February 20, 1954, when President Eisenhower met with its representatives at Edwards Air Force base to discuss thermonuclear weapons testing.
The extraterrestrial representatives further warned Eisenhower about unscrupulous alien groups that would soon make contact to make deals.
Eshed's reference to the Galactic Federation adds credence to the legitimacy of such claims. Indeed, the subject of Galactic Diplomacy, which is the subject of my 2013 book, has been given a healthy shot of credibility.
Goode elaborated upon the different federations that he was aware of or that he interacted with during his SSP service and off planet contact experiences.
As for Eshed's claim that the Galactic Federation asserts humanity is not yet ready for open contact due to our lack of technological development, there are a few ways to interpret this.
In other words,
After all, why would a benign Galactic Federation want to admit a planetary member that is schizophrenic and corrupted by a hidden Deep State that contemptuously manipulates the rest of humanity?
In conclusion, Professor Eshed's revelations have brought to the mainstream media's attention information drawn from highly classified extraterrestrial related projects that have been earlier revealed by many brave insiders, witnesses, and contactees who were widely ridiculed and debunked for their disclosure efforts.
It's hard to debunk someone with Professor Eshed's background and stature when he raises such controversial topics.
Many scientists, academics, and space professionals are in deep denial that they could have been fooled about such monumental issues during their distinguished careers.
Professor Eshed's revelations are a big wake up call...
He is asking if we personally and collectively are ready for open contact with extraterrestrial life and a Galactic Federation...