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    • e l pratt
    • 31.08.11 | 20:56 (IDT)

    Mr. Arens missed the point of Iron Dome although he inadvertantly touched on it in his discussion.Iron Dome has two main functions: 1) it is intende to protect a statiscally small area like a town or a military installation, 2) It can and does provide bactrack information identifying the launch points of the missiles. The latter is probably more significant that the former. since, properly used and distributed, that information can be used in a variety of ways to interdict the terrorist launch teams in the act of, preparatory to or immediately after a launch. The information gathered from each launch, when compiled and contrasted, will give a pattern of lauch sites and times that will allow the IDF to make pre-emptory strikes that will eradicate the launchers and their teams while they are setting up. The methods of response are numerous: artillery, helicopters, fighter bombers,tanks, mortar teams and even commandos can be used to terminate the launches. Mr. Arens is limited in his thinking and obviously has an agenda to promote that is not in Israel's best interest. Take his advice with a grain of salt; that is all that it is worth.

    from the article: Iron Dome is not enough to protect Israeli citizens
    First published 03:04 31.08.11 | Last updated 03:04 31.08.11
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