I feel like I need to take note of the bizarre statement from former head of Israel’s defense ministry space directorate made recently alleging that the United States is touch with space aliens and that Donald Trump considered breaking the news before the election. Haim Eshed is 87 years old and currently promoting a new book about the cosmos. He served as the head of the space directorate from the early 2000s to 2010. Prior to that, he worked on Israel’s satellite program, beginning in 1980, and was one of the founders of Israel’s space agency in 1983.
Eshed’s claims were straight out of the Majestic-12 conspiracy theory, with an assist from Star Trek.
Eshed described a Galactic Federation with an outpost on Mars where U.S. and alien officials work side by side. As in the MJ-12 conspiracy, he alleges that America signed a treaty with space aliens allowing for the abduction of a certain number of humans in exchange for alien technology.
“There is an agreement between the U.S. government and the aliens. They signed a contract with us to do experiments here,” he said in an interview originally published last week in Hebrew.
Eshed alleged that the Galactic Federation prevented Trump from revealing their existence. “The Unidentified Flying Objects have asked not to publish that they are here, humanity is not ready yet,” he said. Naturally, the space aliens are looking to understand the “fabric of the universe” by probing human asses. Insert black hole jokes here.
Obviously, the story is bullshit. It’s clearly made up of spare parts from Ancient Aliens, science fiction, and internet conspiracy theories. Each part has an obvious antecedent circulating on cable TV for the last decade, and there is no point in berating an elderly man in his twilight years for mistaking cable TV for reality.
But it is interesting to consider the very different way the U.S. media played this story after English-language excerpts ran in the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday to the very similar fantasies that long-ago Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer, now 97, has spun since 2005 about many species of space alien he came to believe visited earth after watching a mystery-mongering 2005 ABC-TV documentary about UFOs and mistaking it for reality.
His claims never received traction in the mainstream press beyond some mocking human interest coverage and a perch in conspiracy TV programs like Ancient Aliens and the Putin-backed conspiracy outlet RT. Eshed’s claims made national news, broadcast on mainstream news broadcasts and published in major newspapers, magazines, and websites. Eshed has a more impressive biography, but he is a decade out of government, has a financial interest in the claims he is making, and offers ideas that are prima facie impossible for him to know with no evidence or support to back them up.
I’m not going to push on this point too hard, though. My agent—who breathlessly messaged me yesterday to turn on the news and see the story—says that it’s great for me because it will prime publishers to consider my new book an interesting buy. Since L. A. Confidential author James Ellroy is also about to publish a new novel featuring an evil James Dean as one of its villains (which is problematic in its own way), the fates are kind of lining things up for me. So, selfishly, I hope Eshed keeps on spouting insane Ancient Aliens nonsense all across the media, at least until my book sells.
12/9/2020 12:14:28 pm
Considering the many utterly wacko UFO believers I would think that a lot of them would line up to volunteer to be beamed up and probed. Hell, there are nutjobs who would pay for the privilege. Why the need for a deep conspiracy to abduct people?
12/9/2020 12:55:47 pm
I would kick in $1.24 in unmarked change to have some of the wacko commenters here probed.
12/11/2020 10:03:03 pm
"To whatever extent the Hell’s Angels may or may not be latent sado-masochists or repressed homosexuals is to me – after nearly a year in the constant company of outlaw motorcyclists – almost entirely irrelevant."
12/12/2020 11:08:09 am
Everything with you is about deviant sex, BJs and old porn flicks, why is this ?
12/12/2020 06:00:53 pm
Yeah Jim, but the Canadian Prime Minister wore blackface at a costume party 20 years ago so it all cancels out.
12/12/2020 08:58:15 pm
"Everything with you is about deviant sex, BJs and old porn flicks, why is this ?"
12/13/2020 04:49:29 pm
And Colavito wonders why a lot of literary agents, publishers, and people who book public speakers and TV talking heads have swiped left on him after minimal due diligence.
Old, New Borrowed and Blue
12/9/2020 12:32:04 pm
Jacques Vallée reminisced in one of his books how interested he was in a "superior entity" called Spectra Geller, visualised by Uri Geller when he was hypnosed by Andrija Puharich. Spectra believed that Geller's mission was to become a celebrity to herald the arrival of the Flying Saucers. This was discussed during a meeting held at the research group of the British Post Office, London, Kenilworth Road, on 12 December 1973
12/9/2020 01:11:39 pm
That hawk-headed em-effer? I guess he's back.
12/10/2020 01:20:32 pm
Herein lies a mystery for thee to solve, Herr Kent!
12/10/2020 03:28:13 pm
"The passage you quote was taken from the journal called “Gnostica,” Vol. 5, No. 4 (#40) in 1976"
A Certain Robert Anton Wilson
12/10/2020 04:32:32 pm
Would this be the same Robert Anton Wilson who fits into the Jim Marrs category, by any chance...
12/10/2020 06:33:19 pm
<<Would this be the same Robert Anton Wilson who fits into the Jim Marrs category, by any chance...>>
12/11/2020 12:48:15 am
Robert Anton Wilson & Jim Marrs
12/11/2020 11:35:37 am
Were either of them ever "alive"? It's people like them that encourage the "sit tight and believe" school
12/9/2020 01:05:20 pm
Israel has a space agency? Maybe they should direct some of those resources to the suffering Palestinians.
12/9/2020 02:20:59 pm
Your point that if Israel stopped skimping they could get the Palestinians up to a proper level of suffering is well taken.
12/11/2020 05:03:17 am
Elimination of the space exploration program would provide just enough money to buy every Palestinian a bottle of Fizzy Bubbleh on their birthday. Would that help?
12/9/2020 01:09:16 pm
C'mon you guys, these things are real, the eminently believable Scott Wolter just released 2 videos of new UFO footage.
12/9/2020 03:03:44 pm
UFOs as in Lights. Not aliens in spaceships from Outer Space. The Lights can be both triangular and saucer shaped. The shapes are optical illusions when seen from a distance. Those lights would turn out to be gaseous objects if it was possible to examine the objects close up. But of course that's impossible. Those lights vaporise into nothingness. They have always existed and only have been noticed since a combination of technological advancement and steep rise in population.
12/9/2020 04:25:03 pm
In the account recently received, it's not that the lights were triangle shaped (BTW when has it ever been? A little background couldn't hoit) it's that they were *arranged* in a triangle, each light being at a corner.
12/10/2020 08:24:18 am
I said that the triangular shapes were an optical illusion produced by the gaseous substance of the lights. As for triangular optical illusions mistaken for spaceships from other planets, there are numerous examples, if you look.
12/11/2020 04:18:31 pm
"The Lights can be both triangular and saucer shaped."
12/11/2020 05:53:41 pm
Uh, does kent understand that everyone here can see the same posts as he does and can tell when he is misrepresenting what someone said?
12/11/2020 09:57:44 pm
You see, quote marks! That's how the dastardly misrepresenters git ya!
Quote "obvious" unquote
12/12/2020 01:07:14 pm
Sometimes selective use of quotes can be misleading. But Joe Kent already knows that.
12/9/2020 04:44:51 pm
Wolter is all over this:
12/9/2020 10:24:36 pm
Wow, those have to be right at the bottom of the "good" video evidence list. Oh look, a white dot. Despite the voice over saying the camera is still, it is obvious that there is a ton of camera motion.
12/9/2020 05:58:05 pm
Did you mean to write "where US and American officials work side by side" in paragraph 3?
12/9/2020 06:57:13 pm
According to my friends in Israel, the last few years he has made a lot of outrageous statements and is generally thought to have alzheimers or other kinds of dementia (which at 87 would be far from surprising). He may actually believe he experienced these kinds of things. My grandmother and father at the end of their lives often reported visitations from historical figures or dead relatives. Once when visiting my father in the rest home, my dad introduced my sister to Carrie Nation and George Washington Carver! LOL
12/9/2020 10:55:21 pm
I seem to remember Dean being referred to as the human ashtray in one of Ellroy’s past books.
12/10/2020 07:14:16 am
How charming. That comes out of a 1974 biography by Venable Herndon that reported gossip Herndon had gotten from middle-aged gay men partying at a NYC S&M club. I don't want to get too explicit, but they had some rather extreme claims about Dean's alleged gay S&M prostitution and public sex acts that are almost certainly completely made up. If any of it were true, he'd have been the world's worst prostitute since he had no money even for food.
12/10/2020 08:08:36 am
12/10/2020 12:34:47 pm
His last book I read was called Perfidia (two books ago), it is a prequel of sorts to the series that included LA Confidential.
12/10/2020 12:36:32 pm
In theory, it's possible. But the historical record would argue against it. As best anyone can tell, Dean had only lost his virginity a few weeks earlier (at most a couple of months), and a few months later he was still shy and hesitant about sex. It's rather hard to imagine extreme S&M public sex performances in between.
12/10/2020 06:46:40 am
"signed a contract"... so aliens apparently abide by US contract law. How civil of them.
12/10/2020 01:32:15 pm
good morning, Jason-
12/10/2020 10:20:56 pm
No one cares about The Ballad of Klaus Barbie dude.
Associate professor of English obvious
12/11/2020 11:47:57 am
Klaus Barbie dude? Never heard of Mr. Dude.
12/11/2020 08:38:30 pm
‘Eshed alleged that the Galactic Federation prevented Trump from revealing their existence. “The Unidentified Flying Objects have asked not to publish that they are here, humanity is not ready yet,” he said‘
12/11/2020 10:17:52 pm
If he did get sued by the aliens I am confident that his homeowners insurance would cover an intergalactic lawsuit..
12/12/2020 01:52:15 am
Not only would his homeowners insurance cover the claim, but they’d also pay for an attorney (licensed to practice in the Galactic Federation of course) to defend him in the lawsuit!
12/13/2020 08:43:51 pm
This is the same story as Michael Salla and Corey Goode. Read the book : 'The U.S. Navy's Secret Space Program and Nordic Extraterrestrial Alliance' https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Program-Extraterrestrial-Alliance-Programs-ebook/dp/B01NAS4M58
12/19/2020 12:31:01 pm
1/12/2021 07:45:49 am
I don't know if Eshed's claims are genuinely, but how he arrived at this information will provide better discernment.
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