>> It's hard to imagine that this secluded dovecote was once part of a top secret Israeli communications project. Helping the state, just after its birth in 1948, win a war with its Arab neighbors. Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary this week, a day marked very differently by the Palestinians who call it the
> This was part of a clandestine network of 68 dovecotes. The birds may usually be associated with peace, but these were weapons of war. Soldiers flew them from the heart of the battle, as armies had long done.
Now, an educational center, the dovecote in a kibbutz south of Tel Aviv is devoted to telling a little known part of Israel's independence story. Shore Sapire was a pigeon trainer during the 1948 war.>>
Is there a need to send a vehicle to evacuate the wounded? It was all done through the pigeons.>>
They carried coded messages. Restored with government funds, the once derelict dovecote now houses 60 pigeons. Some of them descendants of those used during that conflict.