Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gaza Strip Raids - The Iron Dome System

Wow, it is really surprising that in the last 48 hours 90 rockets were launched toward Israel from the Gaza Strip. These terrorist attacks are common in the region and for the most part are ignore by the international media.

Surprisingly only four people were injured from the rockets, one of them severely. Upon researching this story more, I learned of the "Iron Dome System." This is largely responsible for minimizing the effects of the bombing and preventing more casualties. The Iron Dome System is reported to have intercepted over 20 of the bombs for these recent bombings.

What is the Iron Dome System? That was my first question. I thought maybe it was related to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. This is something completely different. The Iron Dome is a mobile air defense system, which tracts bombs/missiles and fires back at them, detonating them mid-air before they reach their intended target. It intercepts short-range threats up to 70 kilometers away. It was declared operational and initially deployed on March 27, 2011 outside of Beersheba. It was first successful on April 7,2011. As of 30 December 2011, the Jerusalem Post reported that the system has succeeded in downing 75% of the rockets launched from Gaza when interceptors were fired.

The funding and development of the Iron Dome system was provided for and undertaken by the Israeli government. In May 2010, the White Houseannounced that U.S. President Barack Obama would seek $205 million from Congress in his 2011 budget, to spur the production and deployment of additional Iron Dome batteries. on May 20, 2010, the Congress approved the funding in a 410-4 vote. We can only hope that the Iron Dome, expands and can prevent destruction and more deaths.

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