Rocket sirens sound near southern city of Ashkelon ■ Incident comes day after air force attacks several Hamas targets over suspicious balloons
The Iron Dome is an air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense System, designed to intercept short-range rockets and mortar shells. Israel deployed the system first in the south in April 2011 to intercept rockets from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli-developed system uses cameras and radar to track incoming rockets and is supposed to shoot them down within seconds of their launch.
No casualties or damage have been reported in what is the first flare-up along the border in over a month and a half
It is true – it saves lives, but it does not solve the basic problem: protection of the civilian population in the south ■ The only way to stop the launching of rockets is by physically eliminating that capability
Iron Dome missiles, tank shells and smart bombs don’t come cheap and the government is already contending with a swelling budget deficit
The toll on restaurants in Israel's southern communities is immediate, while the tourism industry frets over the longer-term losses
Too many residents of Israel's southern cities’ older neighborhoods live without a security room or a public shelter nearby– or with a shelter that cannot accommodate all the area’s residents
Safety restrictions lifted for Israelis living near Gaza border after air force pounds Strip, rockets launched at south ■ Six Palestinians said killed by live Israeli fire at protests prior to overnight strikes ■ Iron Dome intercepts 15 rockets ■ IDF: Iran behind rocket attacks
Six Palestinians said killed by live Israeli fire at protests prior to overnight strikes ■ Iron Dome intercepts 10 rockets ■ Israel: Islamic Jihad launching rockets under Iran's orders
London-based Al-Khaleej Online cites diplomatic sources saying Israel agreed to sale after pressure from Washington. Saudi officials have not confirmed the report
If Israel had true leaders, they'd be telling the Israeli public to calm down about Gaza and the limited threat Hamas poses, and focusing on the exponentially more serious threat of Hezbollah and Iran
Official says Hamas willing to stop 'fire and fence terror' ■ Israeli army announces 'return to routine' ■ Israeli soldier killed by Palestinian snipers ■ Israel strikes dozens of Hamas targets
The death of an Israeli soldier was grim reminder that the Gaza conflict does not start and end with incendiary kites and balloons
The Israeli army struck Hamas targets in Gaza after the soldier was killed. Three rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza; two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome. Another rocket fell in an open area in southern Israel
Hamas announces cease-fire following international mediation efforts ■ Israeli army says it struck 40 Hamas targets throughout Gaza ■ More than 160 rocket alarm sirens sound in southern Israel ■ 190 rockets fired at Israel, 37 intercepted by Iron Dome
Following assessments made by its Southern Command, Israel Defense Forces reinforce the northern and southern borders of the Strip with anti-missile defense systems
Less than two weeks after a flare-up, military believes Hamas now seeks a confrontation, albeit a limited one, and could fire projectiles at Israel
IDF: Most shells intercepted by Iron Dome defense system ■ Several hits reported in southern Israeli communities ■ Hamas evacuates bases in anticipation of Israeli retaliation
Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin says Iranians fired 32 rockets, more than 100 surface-to-air missiles launched from Syria at Israeli jets during the flare-up earlier this month
Israeli jets hit Syria's air defenses after they fired dozens of missiles at them during the strike ■ Damage joins destruction of three other batteries during February's Iran drone incident
Letter from 40 congressmen urges U.S. Army to buy Israeli anti-missile system
The anti-missile system activation by Hamas gunfire was neither due to human error nor a technical failure, says commander of IDF’s aerial defense corps
This will be the first exercise the IDF has ever conducted using David’s Sling system for intercepting medium-range missiles, which went into operation last year
Three rockets launched from Strip toward Israel, one of which exploded in southern Israeli city of Sderot ■ Israeli strikes reportedly wounded 15 in Gaza
The newly operational anti-rocket system can now defend Israeli maritime assets
Is Iron Dome on Its Way to Australia? Major Israeli Defense Contractor Rafael Opening Melbourne Branch
Australia is earmarking billions of dollars for arms procurement, set to include both Iron Dome and Trophy missile interception systems for tanks and armored personnel carriers
A sale to the U.S. could reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars, depending on how many batteries and missiles it acquires
Israel's Iron Dome has saved thousands of lives, but similar missile defense systems now face an unprecedented challenge from Pyongyang - as does the efficacy of America's military commitment to its allies
For the first time, the system now has been making use of American-made components.
Though the scope of the acquisition is unknown, it will add on to nearly $5 billion of arms deals that have occurred between the two countries, according to the Azeri president.
No damage was caused, the IDF says; shortly after the missile defense system was activated, it became clear the rockets would have exploded on Syrian territory if not intercepted.