Defense is essential for the bigger cities, one battery to the east of Gaza (for Beer-Seva) and one to the north (Ashkelon-Ashdod), because every Grad rocket hitting a well-populated area may cause many casualties. Too bad for the smaller Gaza neighbors, such as Sderot, because Iron Dome does not respond fast enough for the short distance. The good news: Firing a $100,000 anti-missile missile against a $100 Qassam or mortar shell will assure bankruptcy. Israel should purchase the much cheaper Phalanx system for the immediate Gaza neighborhood.
Egypt postpones verdict in retrial of Al Jazeera journalists to Aug. 29 (Reuters)
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