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Israeli Iron Dome Stops a Rocket With a Rocket
The New York TImes ^ | November 18, 2012 | ISABEL KERSHNER

Posted on 11/22/2012 9:05:54 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

Israeli defense forces say their anti-rocket interceptor system has taken down most of the rockets fired at the country.

JERUSALEM — An abiding image of the former Israel defense minister Amir Peretz was a photograph of him peering at a military drill — with the black lens caps still on his binoculars. Mr. Peretz resigned months after the 2006 war in Lebanon, which was widely regarded as a failure.

Yet on Sunday, as rockets fired by Gaza militants streaked toward Tel Aviv, Ashdod and other Israeli cities, Mr. Peretz, a resident of the rocket-battered border town of Sderot, was being hailed as a defense visionary for having had the foresight while in office to face down myriad skeptics and push for the development of Iron Dome, Israel’s unique anti-rocket interceptor system.

The naysayers now are few. In the five days since Israel began its fierce assault on the militant infrastructure in Hamas-run Gaza, after years of rocket fire against southern Israel, Iron Dome has successfully intercepted more than 300 rockets fired at densely populated areas, with a success rate of 80 to 90 percent, top officials said. Developed with significant American financing and undergoing its ultimate battle test, the Iron Dome system has saved many lives, protected property and proved to be a strategic game changer, experts said.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak toured a newly deployed mobile unit near Tel Aviv on Sunday and described Iron Dome as “probably the most technologically impressive achievement in recent years in Israel.” He called its performance “almost perfect.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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1 posted on 11/22/2012 9:05:56 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

On Tuesday, August 9, 2011, Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro travelled to the south of Israel for a tour of the Iron Dome Battery. He was hosted by Captain Elad Tzinman, Israeli Air Force Battery Commander, and Colonel Tzvika Chaimovitch, Israeli Air Force 167 Wing Commander. Ambassador Shapiro received a brief on the Iron Dome system and toured the Command Center. In a press statement following the tour, Ambassador Shapiro reiterated that the United States is committed to Israel’s security.

2 posted on 11/22/2012 9:06:54 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

An Iron Dome launcher fired an interceptor rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Monday.

3 posted on 11/22/2012 9:07:33 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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4 posted on 11/22/2012 9:16:44 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: MinorityRepublican

What if Hamas is firing duds 75% of the time forcing Israel to use up it’s stockpile of Iron Dome Anti-Missile missles?

I sure hope the Israelis are well supplied.


5 posted on 11/22/2012 9:16:44 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The total restraint of Israel just amazes me. Any other country would have bombed the hell out of their antagonist by now. And yet the world criticizes Israel for defending themselves.


6 posted on 11/22/2012 9:24:55 PM PST by doc1019 (Abortion: Women have a choice, unborn babies don't.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I wish they could stop jihadis by flinging another jihadi at them.

Then I could post an article about how they’ve learned to “Stop a moslem with a moslem.”


8 posted on 11/22/2012 9:31:38 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: TheRhinelander

Was it the Sprint interceptor missile?
It hits Mach 5 in a few seconds and glows white as it races toward its target.


9 posted on 11/22/2012 9:44:16 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: doc1019

Lend Lease a squadron of B-52s to the Israelis and Gaza could be flattened in a matter of hours!


10 posted on 11/22/2012 9:45:47 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Nuke subs would settle the mater in short odder without airborne participation. Just a thought from the sidelines.


11 posted on 11/22/2012 9:58:06 PM PST by doc1019 (Abortion: Women have a choice, unborn babies don't.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The NYT buried this story on page A9.


12 posted on 11/22/2012 10:05:07 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Iran probing Israeli defenses in the face of attack...
13 posted on 11/22/2012 10:05:59 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: MinorityRepublican

Ha,, stop a rocket with a rocket? EVERYONE knows thats impossible. And Reagan was stupid for thinking it could be done! Remember?


14 posted on 11/22/2012 10:06:19 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I’ll ask him, not sure.


15 posted on 11/22/2012 10:07:22 PM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: MinorityRepublican

“In the five days since Israel began its fierce assault on the militant infrastructure in Hamas-run Gaza, after years of rocket fire against southern Israel, Iron Dome has successfully intercepted more than 300 rockets fired at densely populated areas, with a success rate of 80 to 90 percent, top officials said.” A quote from the article. There is always an angle with the NY Slime-—and it is always rarely (read “never”) on the correct side of the issue. Why anyone takes them seriously is beyond me. What is this “militant” nonsense? Say what it is, terrorists, killers of civilians, or just plain murderers of children. Enough of the euphemisms; George Orwell would laugh in envy of their “newspeak.”


16 posted on 11/22/2012 10:16:01 PM PST by Fungi
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To: MinorityRepublican

Yet another example of Jewish brain power at work. :-)

The best way to stop incoming ICBMs is a system somewhat like Iron Dome but have the interceptors carrying nuclear payloads. This is very probably what Israel has to intercept Iranian missile launches. It’s what the Russian system uses.


17 posted on 11/23/2012 1:11:23 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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18 posted on 11/23/2012 1:13:40 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Bobalu

About the lens caps.

When B Clinton did the same at Korean DMZ didn’t ‘they’ convince us they were one way glass and the facing was fake?


19 posted on 11/23/2012 1:56:50 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: TheRhinelander

“My dad worked on a missile crew in the Marshall Islands back in the 1960s. He said even back then they could hit a rocket with a rocket and had done it. (shhh, it’s a secret)”

Yea, someone told Reagan, and the Soviets. About the only people that didn’t know this secret was the Democrats, who kept screaming that it can’t work.

...of course the Democrats KNEW that it would work, which is what is so scary about them.


20 posted on 11/23/2012 3:10:34 AM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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21 posted on 11/23/2012 9:29:33 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: DesertRhino

The Dem elites really knew it would work. They just used that idea to brainwash the uneducated masses. They greatly feared the US gaining a critical advantage over the commies.

Wasn’t a young Baraq Obama writing treatises to propagandize that in the 80s?


22 posted on 11/23/2012 9:37:51 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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