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Missile Defenses Offering Israel Calm in Conflict
Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/13/2012 | Joshua Mitnick

Posted on 03/14/2012 10:43:08 PM PDT by U-238

Facing the worst barrage of rockets from Palestinian militants since 2009, Israel is getting a boost from a new interceptor system that destroys missiles in midair before they fall on population centers.

The "Iron Dome" missile system has provided an added layer of security for Israel's homeland by downing dozens of rockets in the past four days, buying more time for the country's leaders to confront militants with less citizen pressure to stem hostilities.

The system underlines Israel's shifting doctrine of emphasizing defense capabilities in addition to its offensive firepower, and offers a preview of how Israel will handle any retaliatory missile threat posed by Iran in the event of a pre-emptive strike against its nuclear facilities.

An Israeli man looked out of a window after a rocket attack from the nearby Gaza Strip Monday.

"It hasn't been easy to put into the public and military consciousness the need to learn defense and not only attack,'' Israeli Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor told Israel Army Radio on Sunday. "The Israeli character is aggressive."

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airdefense; irondome; israel; israeliairforce; missiledefense

1 posted on 03/14/2012 10:43:14 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

At $50k a pop though, they aren’t cheap. Especially when a kassam rocket can be made for a few hundred bucks. Better than the alternative (i.e. no shield) but crazy expensive.


2 posted on 03/14/2012 11:18:24 PM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: DrGunsforHands

Its worth it. It has given many people in southern Israel to get under cover. If they had a Firefinder radar system they would be able to trace the area where the rocket will be.There is something called economies of scale.Economies of scale are factors that cause the average cost of producing something to fall as the volume of its output increases. So if Israel produces more rockets, the cost of the rocket over time decreases.If I am wrong about this concept please correct me.


3 posted on 03/14/2012 11:35:22 PM PDT by U-238
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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4 posted on 03/15/2012 5:29:42 AM PDT by SJackson (The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement)
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To: U-238

“There is something called economies of scale.Economies of scale are factors that cause the average cost of producing something to fall as the volume of its output increases”

Wow, you are so brilliant!

How did FR get along without you for so long? You are such an expert on EVERYTHING, you must have many post-graduate degrees!


5 posted on 03/16/2012 12:18:11 AM PDT by Yehuda (Muck Fislam and it's useful infidel - dhimmie supporters.)
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To: Yehuda; Admin Moderator

Are you getting bonkers on me again. I thought I did not want to participate in a conversation with you. Leave me alone


6 posted on 03/16/2012 12:19:35 AM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

Are you getting bonkers on me again. I thought I did not want to participate in a conversation with you. Leave me alone


Hey, you’re the weirdo noob here. You GTFO.


7 posted on 03/16/2012 12:25:38 AM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: txhurl

Why? I am not doing anything wrong.


8 posted on 03/16/2012 12:26:17 AM PDT by U-238
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To: Yehuda

Come on. Please let it go. We are on the same side.


9 posted on 03/16/2012 12:34:50 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: U-238
There is something called economies of scale.Economies of scale are factors that cause the average cost of producing something to fall as the volume of its output increases. So if Israel produces more rockets, the cost of the rocket over time decreases.If I am wrong about this concept please correct me.

You're right on this - thanks for sharing.

10 posted on 03/16/2012 9:53:10 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: U-238; Admin Moderator; txhurl; PA Engineer; GOPJ
You're a plagiarist. You copy from others websites without acknowledging the source, pretending they are your own comments.

"Economies of scale are factors that cause the average cost of producing something to fall as the volume of its output increases."

posted on March 15, 2012 2:35:22 AM EDT by U-238

"Economies of scale are factors that cause the average cost of producing something to fall as the volume of its output increases. "

Economies of scale and scope, Oct 20th 2008, The Economist.

This is the 2nd theft of yours I found in just 10 minutes. Get out of here.

11 posted on 03/16/2012 2:03:30 PM PDT by Yehuda (Muck Fislam and it's useful infidel - dhimmie supporters.)
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To: Yehuda

I just don’t cotton to noobs rolling in and insulting old-timers right off the bat, I don’t care what the topic is. And copying the admins, too.


12 posted on 03/16/2012 2:22:49 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Yehuda; Jim Robinson; Admin Moderator; txhurl; Chode; PA Engineer; GOPJ

Again it should have been linked and its my fault.Yehuda is acting very irrational and he wants to engange him conversation. How can you have a conversation with an irrational man?


13 posted on 03/16/2012 4:13:54 PM PDT by U-238
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