"Barak said that people are dreaming if they think that Israel will pull out of the West Bank before it has an operational anti-rocket system, and that this will take 3-5 years to achieve." - Tosefta Tosefta there are systems capable of point defense, but they have major problems if used to protect a civilian population (how much lead and depleted uranium dust do you want Israelis breathing?). There is NO system today which can reliably and cheaply deal with a qassam attack. A missile interceptor system fast enough to work will be difficult, and costs might make it impossible. Directed energy systems have been tested but they failed to be viable weapons for several reasons, primarily cost and vulnerability. I consider General Barak an intelligent man, I am certain he must understand the military characteristics of anti-rocket weapons, if not the physics. He must understand that development of a practical system are slim.
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