Chinese, American—It Doesn’t Matter. Israel Wants Inexpensive Drones.
Hours after Hamas launched its deadly attack on Oct. 7, the requests from Israel came flooding into U.S. suppliers: drones, as many as possible, as soon as possible.
The deluge came from people in the Israeli government and military as well as citizen groups, all looking for the small, off-the-shelf drones that have become increasingly commonplace in the civilian world, say U.S. drone executives and Israelis assisting the military.
In the weeks since, thousands of commercial drones have made their way to Israel, some from American drone manufacturers and many made by...