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Israel deploys anti-missile system to south (Iron Dome)
Israel Today ^ | March 27, 2011 | Ryan Jones

Posted on 03/29/2011 1:51:47 PM PDT by neverdem

Israel deploys anti-missile system to south

Israel on Sunday prepared to deploy the first units of its recently-developed Iron Dome anti-missile system to battered Israeli towns within range of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already warning that the Iron Dome will not be able to stop all Palestinian missile attacks emanating from Gaza.

Gaza-based terrorists have been firing an increasing number of short-range Kassam and more advanced Grad missiles into southern Israel over the past week. Last week, several missiles reached as far north Rishon Lezion and Yavne, towns just 10 miles south of Tel Aviv.

Many of the missiles have been aimed at the port city of Ashdod. In one attack last Friday, a synagogue and several homes sustained damaged from a Grad missile.

The Iron Dome will operate by using an advanced radar to detect Palestinian missile launches, and will use small interceptor missiles to shoot them down.

But the system has not been put into full production yet, and only two units are ready. They will be positioned near the coastal city of Ashkelon, which is dangerously close to Gaza, and Beersheva, the "capital of the Negev."

The hasty deployment was the result of pressure by southern residents. But Netanyahu cautioned that even Ashkelon and Beersheva should not breathe a sigh of relief, just yet.

"I don't want to create the illusion that Iron Dome, which we are setting up for the first time today, will prove a full or comprehensive answer," Netanyahu told Israelis, explaining that the Iron Dome can still be accurately described as "experimental."

Netanyahu went on to stress that the only real solution is to create a strong deterrence and to hit Gaza terrorists before they have a chance to attack Israel.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gaza; irondome; islam; judaism
Something is better than nothing, but a guided missile based system can be overwhelmed by massed rocket fire unless you have as many guided missiles that can be launched at a similar rate of launching. Guidance systems aint cheap.
1 posted on 03/29/2011 1:51:54 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

2 posted on 03/29/2011 1:53:37 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: SJackson

Iron Dome Ping

3 posted on 03/29/2011 1:54:54 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Defense is expensive versus cheap rockets. Eventually, they will have to level swatches of Gaza.

4 posted on 03/29/2011 2:10:36 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on written by me!))
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To: DaxtonBrown

—my solution, too—whenever a rocket comes across the border, do to the square mile from which it came as Joshua did after he “fit” and won the battle of Jericho-—

5 posted on 03/29/2011 2:26:41 PM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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That would solve the problem, rendering a lot of ambassadors obsolete.

6 posted on 03/29/2011 2:28:53 PM PDT by runninglips (the world is on fire, and we are busily emptying our reservoirs)
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7 posted on 03/29/2011 7:07:41 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

how long before they delploy lazers?

8 posted on 03/29/2011 8:47:14 PM PDT by ak267
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!

9 posted on 03/29/2011 9:19:12 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

The Dome is reactive. The solution is to be active.

If Gaza is maimed, the rockets will stop

10 posted on 03/30/2011 4:22:58 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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