Iron Dome an Essential Strategic Direction - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Anthony Rusonik
    • 24.03.11 | 20:23 (IST)

    The objective of the rocket attacks Israel endures from the Gaza Strip is clear: to terrorize the civilian population and refocus the "resistance" from the rebellions in the Arab world back to Palestine. While Israel is well within its right to respond as it has with escalated aerial strikes, the irony is that this serves the Arab rejectionists, and those who would exploit the conflict with Israel to distract rebels who hunger for free speech and food. The Israel response is not just counter-productive, and not just a probable cause for more biased calls for isolation. The singular nature of the response disturbs. Israel and her partners have developed sophisticated anti-ballistic missile (Arrow) capabilities and have also completed several successful tests of the Iron Dome defence system. Iron dome is designed to intercept short-range theatre rockets, and was driven by Hezbollah's mobile rocket attacks in the 2006 Lebanon war. It is unclear why the Israeli Defense Force, specifically the Air Force which controls the progra., has not deployed Iron Dome to defend Sderot, Beersheva and -now-- suburban Tel Aviv from Gaza militants now. Even partial successes would restore the country's morale, demoralize radical Gaza militants, and reasser Israel's technological prowess in self-defence. The message would be received in Tehran, Damascus and Beirut as well. As an added incentive, the international criticism of Israeli reprisals would ease. For those of us who support Israel, it boggles the mind that Iron Dome sits idle now while the IDF lobbies for F-35 fighters

    from the article: What about the Iron Dome?
    First published 02:53 24.03.11 | Last updated 02:53 24.03.11
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