"Mark, you are thinking in terms of a very sophisticated enemy, and this is not the case at all here." - Tosefta No, the problem IS the unsophisticated and limited performance of the qassam. The flight time is limited. A system to deal with it has to acquire the target, track it, and launch an interceptor which then must guide to the target and either hit it or explode close enough to destroy it. The interceptor has to have very high acceleration and speed, OR there have to be lots of launchers. Either costs. The radar coverage has to be complete and with line of sight restrictions that means either you sacrifice time by late acquisition, or money by more radars. Above all else you are using a very sophisticated and expensive system to defeat a very crude and inexpensive one. Islamic Jihad has a very small chance of inflicting much expense on Israel with a qassam today, but with Iron Dome in action, every qassam launched will cost Israel big bucks.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)
from the article: In the role of party pooper