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It might be political, but Iron Dome is a lifesaver for Israelis – analysis

CM 22/09/2021


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In terms of the Iron Dome, that bond is a lifesaver. For more than just Israelis.
Israeli politicians like Foreign Minister Yair Lapid downplayed the move and after Lapid spoke with US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer he released a statement saying that it was a “technical delay” and that the defense funding would be approved at a later date.

Former defense minister and IDF chief of staff Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon also said that the move won’t affect Israel’s military superiority but it brings to light the deep divisions between the Democratic Party and Israel. 

Israel's opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is seen gesturing at the Knesset, on July 26, 2021. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)Israel’s opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is seen gesturing at the Knesset, on July 26, 2021. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Those major divisions, Ya’alon said, were because of the behavior of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
The actions of Netanyahu, Ya’alon said, “severely harmed” Israel’s bipartisan status in America and among American Jews who tend to vote for the Democratic Party. The new government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has identified the loss of Jewish support as a major area of concern and is working to get that support back.
“It’s more a political issue because it brings out the issue that the Democrats are becoming more vocal on the issue of Israel. Netanyahu publicly supported the Republicans during the last elections and we are paying a price for it,” he said.
But politics aside, Ya’alon also warned that the situation would make any of Israel’s many enemies happy. 
“Israel’s enemies, led by Iran and Hezbollah, would be happy about any dispute between Israel and the United States, especially in the area of security assistance,” he told The Post.
The Iron Dome was developed with the financial help of the United States and after a lengthy development process, it went into service in April 2011. 
Just days later it made its first interception of a Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel. There have been many upgrades to the system allowing it to intercept drones and other projectiles fired from even further away.
The primary contractor for the development of the Iron Dome is RAFAEL. Its multi-mission radar is developed by ELTA, a subsidiary of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The missile’s command and control system is developed by mPrest. 
The Iron Dome uses 24 pounds of explosives to intercept an incoming projectile and is able to calculate when rockets will land in open areas, choosing not to intercept them, and civilian centers. 
Along with the Iron Dome, Israel has a comprehensive protective umbrella able to counter the growing missile threats from its enemies and continuously improves the technology behind the country’s anti-missile systems: the Arrow (Arrow-2 and Arrow-3) system, David’s Sling and American Patriot batteries.
But, even with all the missile defense systems, nothing is fully hermetic. Officials have warned that large missile barrages with several precision missiles embedded within are a real concern for the Jewish state. 
Especially if there’s a multi-front war with Hezbollah, Hamas, and even Iranian-backed militias in Iraq firing towards Israel.
The Iron Dome has been used during several military operations against terror groups in the Gaza Strip as well as intercepting rockets fired towards Israel from Syria and Lebanon.  
Since its first deployment, it has intercepted over 85% of projectiles fired towards Israeli civilian centers, changing the face of battle between Israel and her enemies. 
Less than six months ago Hamas fired close to 4,500 rockets and mortars at Israel during an eleven day conflict dubbed “Guardian of the Walls.” Hamas started the fighting by firing a salvo of missiles towards Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. 
Those rockets and hundreds of others were intercepted by the Iron Dome over the course of the fighting. But because of so many interceptions, Israel requested $1 billion in US aid to replenish its missile stocks. President Joe Biden agreed to the request.  
Liberal Democrats like Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, meanwhile objected to the policy citing the 200 Palestinians killed during the May fighting. 
But maybe they don’t see the full picture.
The Iron Dome allowed the IDF to intercept thousands of rockets that otherwise would have slammed into residential areas, killing far more than the 11 civilians and single soldier who died in rocket strikes in Israel. 
This, in turn, would have led the Israeli military to strike the Gaza Strip even harder and kill more Palestinians. 
Every life is a world unto itself, and both Israeli and Palestinian lives matter.
It might be just politics for Washington. But in Israel, and even in the Gaza Strip, the Iron Dome is a lifesaver.
Those who think otherwise are invited to come to southern Israeli cities of Sderot or Ashkelon when Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fire their rockets barrages. 

Source: Jerusalem Post

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