Theodore Postol is known for his study proving that Patriot intercepted nothing over Israel during the first Gulf War, despite claims that it did. But that was then and this is now. If Postol were right, and most of the rockets aimed at civilian areas in fact were not intercepted and landed, one must ask: where are the scores or hundreds of wounded and dead Israelis? Only 4 or 5 Israelis died in November from the Hamas and Salafist rockets. As for the wild gyrations of the Iron Dome’s interceptor during the final stage of interception (this Postol criticism is not mentioned in the Haaretz article above), the Tamir interceptor is a development of earlier Israeli Python and Derby air-to-air missiles used in dogfights and interceptions, which demand extreme agility. Clearly what happens at the terminal stage of interception is that the Tamir itself determines the final intercept. Iron Dome on the ground just gets the Tamir in the position to make that decision.
Two Turkish journalists jailed over Syria smuggling reports (AP)