According to this video, the Jerusalem UFO is a hoax....
Still, at least one of the videos shows vehicles moving along a road in the foreground. Can the same explanation apply? Moreover, the video in question was something of an anomaly among those available. It was the English language video wherein a woman quite laconically talks about not having anything like this in Mississippi. This was also the only video without the mysterious "camera flash".
I don't doubt that this one might be faked, for whatever reason, but I'm not sure we can yet chuck the baby out with the bath water.
A commentor got me thinking:does this story exist outside YouTube? That is, how has this been covered locally? Has the Israeli press spoken to other witnesses who saw, but were unable to record, this strange event?
I went to the website for the Jerusalem Post, the only English-language paper in that city and searched their archives for the relevant term, "UFO". The only hit was from months ago in a story about Churchill and Eisenhower's purported cover-up during World War II.
So this earth-shattering event that news agencies, websites, and blogs around the world are sharing (without much corroboration) isn't even covered by a local news outlet?
Something doesn't add up. This is precisely why I am often dissatisfied with the UFO community these days. There's a lot of look-at-this-video going on, but precious few are asking questions. If this is how most UFO reports are handled, no wonder answers never come.
These people don't want their precious world view upset by either resolution. It's best, it seems, to maintain the status quo as armchair investigators and professional hair-splitters. Oh, sure, a small country's worth of man-hours can be burned up digging through obscure records to find out that a gas station attendant in Roswell noticed a soldier had his boots laced in an oddly asymmetrical fashion around the time of that famed crash, but they can't spend a few hours online fact-checking the veracity of these videos?
I'm intrigued by this event. Not only for the extremely interesting videos and the fact that it seems like this can be solved neatly, but because of the story's inability to call forth into action in any response from the UFO community beyond a few passing comments.
"Oh, yeah. We, like, totally saw that video.... ANYWAY, as I was saying, Peterson's report in '73 conclusively proves that the metal discovered on Henry Thompson's farm was...."
I don't doubt that a hoax is afoot. In fact, as I investigate more, I'm sure of it. There don't seem to be any witnesses other than those who posted the videos, the local media has made nary a peep on the story, and the videos themselves seem full on inconsistencies.
The most striking of these, aside from the English language video, is the almost computer-generated feel to how the luminous object appears to elongate in some sort of warp speed swoosh. The very first time I watched these videos, I wondered if that is really what we would have seen on a camera of that quality.
Furthermore, why don't we know more about those who recorded the videos? You would think they would step forward to boast that THEY caught this on tape. Why such obfuscation?
I will say this: they certainly did a really good job of hoaxing these videos. Their efforts managed to make this dyed-in-wool skeptic sit up and take notice. Of course, that could have to do with the fact that I've been largely trapped indoors all week as the ice and snow lingers on the roads outside.