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'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system is changing the face of battle by limiting Israeli casualties
Fox News / The Associated Press ^ | July 10, 2014

Posted on 07/13/2014 8:08:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties.

By shooting down more than 90 percent of its targets, the system is ensuring Israel's decisive technological edge that has helped it operate virtually unhindered in Gaza.

At the same time, it's also providing a much-needed sense of security on the home front.....

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; irondome; israel; missiles; stih; waronterror

1 posted on 07/13/2014 8:08:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But missile defence won’t work. At least that was what all the leftists were saying in the 1980s and 1990s.


2 posted on 07/13/2014 8:13:10 PM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
By shooting down more than 90 percent of its targets, the system is ensuring Israel's decisive technological edge that has helped it operate virtually unhindered in Gaza.

And what would have happened if the rockets the Palis shot had hit their targets? Then you would have seen a real unhindered operation in Gaza.

3 posted on 07/13/2014 8:17:33 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: bkopto

A cartoonist named Tom Toles constantly made fun of Reagan. He won awards for it.
But look at who won the day


4 posted on 07/13/2014 8:22:38 PM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: bkopto

Some of the leftists would say — see ... it doesn’t work ... it only destroys 90% of the missiles. :-)


5 posted on 07/13/2014 8:23:45 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm from the old Curtis LeMay school....Id drop fliers on the pa-lies that say...if a rocket comes from your neighborhood ...a quarter mile around it will be bombed back to the stone age before the rocket even hits Isreal!.....

once they understand that!!!...they will police themselves!....kinda the NIMBY syndrome for keeps!!

6 posted on 07/13/2014 8:25:17 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: bkopto

Remember the left ridiculing Ronnie Raygun?


7 posted on 07/13/2014 8:25:36 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin; ronnie raygun
Remember the left ridiculing Ronnie Raygun?

You should ping a FReeper when you mention him/her. :p

8 posted on 07/13/2014 8:26:41 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is needed is something that will turn the rockets back on their launchers. Then when Gaza is wiped out it will be of their own doing and have nothing to do with Israel.


9 posted on 07/13/2014 8:31:32 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Iron Dome is great,But wait till they see Israel’s Iron Frying Pan.


10 posted on 07/13/2014 8:33:29 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: reefdiver
This guy Toles is a scumbag of the highest order. I wrote him an email, and he actually sent a snarky reply back, about this cartoon:

This is the guy:

11 posted on 07/13/2014 8:34:25 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: M-cubed
I'm from the old Curtis LeMay school....Id drop fliers on the pa-lies that say...if a rocket comes from your neighborhood ...a quarter mile around it will be bombed back to the stone age before the rocket even hits Isreal!.....

Damn Right!........of course the stone age was their biggest achievement.

12 posted on 07/13/2014 8:37:23 PM PDT by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberals in the 1980s derided President’s Reagan’s vision of a ABM as a fantasy.

In real life, as Israel demonstrates, practical defense against enemy rocket attacks is not a luxury; its a necessity.


13 posted on 07/13/2014 8:47:50 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: plain talk

No defense system will ever provide 100% protection. But its better than a condom in preventing pregnancy. ;-)


14 posted on 07/13/2014 8:49:05 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Yeah, I do recall that. However, of course, all that leftist claptrap about the infeasibility about missile defense has since been flushed down the memory hole, and they’ve “moved on” to other lies, since then, global warming being the latest. The left glides from lie to lie, with ease.


15 posted on 07/13/2014 8:49:05 PM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
16 posted on 07/13/2014 9:12:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bkopto

Good one! I can just still see their smarmy, smart aleck faces saying Star Wars won’t work.

I wish we had a missile shield.


17 posted on 07/13/2014 9:13:24 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The article misses the mark. The iron dome has intercepted over 800 missiles.


18 posted on 07/13/2014 9:22:45 PM PDT by gandalftb (Go OK State Cowboys!!)
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To: gandalftb

Iron Dome could be quite the export item

South Korea should look into it


19 posted on 07/13/2014 9:23:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: rlmorel

His cartoons are stupid and he can’t draw wolrth an Obama.


20 posted on 07/13/2014 9:54:40 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: reefdiver

Reagan’s efforts have saved millions of lives. I believe millions of civilians would have died in conflicts without smart bombs and missile defense.

Tom Toles has been proven wrong and he’s still as dumb as a box of rocks.


21 posted on 07/13/2014 9:59:41 PM PDT by boycott
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To: M-cubed

We need to go Gen. Curtis LeMay on ISIS ....ASAP.
If our wimp ‘ leadership’ objects , get rid of the ‘leadership’


22 posted on 07/13/2014 10:02:30 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: SunkenCiv

I saw this , that perfect.
Damn Pals are totally ingrateful for all the blessing they have received from Israel. The should be over run and forced into the deep desert of the Sinai , or forced to go live in ISISland


23 posted on 07/13/2014 10:05:55 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: bkopto
But missile defence won’t work. At least that was what all the leftists were saying in the 1980s and 1990s.

Reagan had a strong dislike for nuclear weapons and thought Mutually Assured Destruction was a terrible policy. That was his motivation for missile defense. I only learned this by reading his autobiography. There was so much disinformation about Reagan, even I believed it for most of my life.

24 posted on 07/13/2014 10:12:30 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: bkopto
Yeah, I do recall that. However, of course, all that leftist claptrap about the infeasibility about missile defense has since been flushed down the memory hole,

I don't think it was just leftists. The GOPe hated Reagan, and plenty of people were making a fortune off of Big Government and the Cold War.

25 posted on 07/13/2014 10:15:24 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: GeronL

The problem South Korea has is that North Korea has so many tubes and rails pointed at Seoul that they could overwhelm any reasonable system.


26 posted on 07/14/2014 2:06:27 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Remember the left ridiculing Ronnie Raygun?

I remember this.


27 posted on 07/14/2014 2:51:16 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: uglybiker
Although I'm not from Missouri, I sure would like to see all these downed missles. One would think there would be some photos of semi intact missiles laying about which weren't necessarily destroyed by Iron Dome, but lost guidance.
28 posted on 07/14/2014 3:18:40 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“”If we keep up what we are doing, there is a good chance that we will be able to lower the ratio to one death for every 10,000 rockets fired,” he said.”

NOT ACCEPTABLE. If one person is killed, then the system is a TOTAL FAILURE, so it is a waste of money to build and operate it.

The above is the rationale that some people ON THIS SITE use to argue against building a border fence - since the fence can be breached, why build it?


29 posted on 07/14/2014 3:50:55 AM PDT by BobL
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To: McGavin999

“What is needed is something that will turn the rockets back on their launchers. Then when Gaza is wiped out it will be of their own doing and have nothing to do with Israel.”

That would be a laser system that hits the rockets as they climb out. No doubt that Israel has put some thought into that too.


30 posted on 07/14/2014 3:52:09 AM PDT by BobL
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To: BobL

They were actually working on one with the US, US led project. The US cancelled the program. Twice.


31 posted on 07/14/2014 3:56:44 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

“They were actually working on one with the US, US led project. The US cancelled the program. Twice.”

Yep, sounds like US policy. Unreal. I hope Israel finishes the jobs - they have a lot of incentive. If the rockets come straight down on the terrorists and the their human shields, they will have a tougher time finding popular support.


32 posted on 07/14/2014 4:04:04 AM PDT by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, who has more rockets? Who has deeper pockets?

Israel or Iran?


33 posted on 07/14/2014 4:05:58 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: bkopto
But missile defence won’t work. At least that was what all the leftists were saying in the 1980s and 1990s.

Exactly. Liberals have been scoffing at anti-missle defense since the early days of the Reagan presidency.

So how can it possibly work?

That would mean that liberals are wrong about something.

Oh, wait, I just remembered... LIBERALS ARE WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING.

34 posted on 07/14/2014 4:10:23 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: DAC21

None of the Pali/Hamas rockets are guided. They’re all ballistic types, flying a straight predictable path. Aside from locally produced rockets, ex-Soviet-design BM-21 Grad rockets are now popular, along with old Katushya rockets. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BM-21_Grad Grads are cheaply made flimsy things and have a nasty tendency to explode when they hit or are hit by anything, so there’s not going to be a lot of debris. Some has been found and videoed.


35 posted on 07/14/2014 4:15:48 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: BobL

The contractor who was working on it the first two times is offering to finish it for the Israelis. The Israelis are understandably not terribly interested in dumping money into this only to have the Obama Administration yank the football away again.


36 posted on 07/14/2014 4:21:32 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

I hear you. That bites. As good as Iron Dome is, having it as a back-up to a laser system that hits the missiles just as they leave the ground would bring up the overall kill rate by an order of magnitude.


37 posted on 07/14/2014 4:32:12 AM PDT by BobL
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To: DAC21

http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/Iron_Dome_Hit_Wide.png

Source: http://www.dailytech.com/Iron+Dome+Helps+Mitigate+1+in+3+Rocket+Strikes+on+Israel+as+Gaza+Conflict+Escalates/article29227.htm

http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2014/07/000_Nic6347800-e1405126921774.jpg

http://img.eajc.org/data/image/new_news/39/95/3/39953_big.jpg

http://s12.postimg.org/czufr5ofh/174396.jpg


38 posted on 07/14/2014 4:34:09 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Israel missed a great opportunity when it was occupying the Sinai — should have covered the entire east shore of the Gulf of Suez with housing with a great view (and water supply) and offered them at very modest cost to the Arabs of Gaza, Judah, and Samaria, and “refugees” living in neighboring countries. They’d be rid of them now, and they’d be far enough away to never pose a thraat. Plus, the Egyptians would either assimilate them (without asking permission) or take world opprobrium by evicting them.


39 posted on 07/14/2014 5:03:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

great idea , except at the time the Egyptian Army was shelling the crap out of the east bank of the Suez and at other times , England and France were halting in their agreed support and the Soviet and the US combined in the UN to cause them to stand down .

That said ....it’s NOT too late : Retake the entire Sinai
It should be part of greater Israel anyway .

I’d say it’s time for God to move , and not necessarily in the ways that fundamentalist Christians believe He should/will , according to Revelation , Daniel , 1st Cor , etc . Time for the God of Abraham , Isaac and Jacob to demonstrably move in such a way , against the enemies of Israel and the killers of Jews , so that no human being anywhere can have any doubt whose side GOD is on and what a complete sick fantasy the apostasy of islam is and what true infidels the muslims are .

God please move Thy mighty Hand


40 posted on 07/14/2014 6:03:57 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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