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An Israeli Revolution of the Battlefield, Ten Years On

Both Israel's Iron Dome and Trophy mark a decade since becoming operational. But while the first eases pressure to send soldier into the battlefield, the second makes their deployment easier

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
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At the beginning of April the defense establishment will mark the 10th anniversary of the first operational intercept by the Iron Dome system. In large measure, Iron Dome changed Israel’s behavior with regard to the Gaza Strip. The system’s massive use to intercept rockets fired at the south and center of the country led to a significant decline in the number of Israeli casualties. As such, Iron Dome allowed the policy makers greater leeway, as they were not compelled to respond with a military invasion of the Gaza Strip after every round of mutual blows, even if hundreds of rockets were fired into Israel. The technological development also showed the revealed preference (a term borrowed from economics) of the Netanyahu government: If it’s up to the prime minister, he prefers to preserve the existing situation in the Gaza Strip and not risk an all-out war there.

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