When Israel launches military demonstrations and armaments in Gaza, Palestinians have less security. But once the Palestinians throw stones at the Jewish state, its citizens will be able to bank on the Iron Dome.
Hamas, the Palestinian army that controls the Gaza Strip, has since on Monday installed about 1,800 stones in Israel, targeting major cities such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as well as other cities.
Islamic militants have been fighting like Israeli warplanes, artillery and tanks conquered the poorer region of Palestine of people 2m. At least 122 people have been killed since Monday in Gaza, including 31 children and 20 women, with another 900 injured, Palestinian medical officials said.
But, according to the Israeli military, about 90% of Palestinian rockets have been seized by the Iron Dome, a machine built by Israeli security companies and received funding and co-produced by the US. Palestinian rockets killed nine Israelis, including a child, while a mother died fleeing to a shelter and a soldier killed in a tank fire.
“The number of Israelis killed and wounded could have been much higher had it not been for the Iron Dome system being as life-saving as it has been,” said Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli military.
The Iron Dome was designed to take place the arrows are very short and short was deported to Israel by Palestinian forces, and was first used 10 years ago to carry out the Hamas missions in Gaza. His growth grew after last month’s Israeli war in 2006 with Hezbollah, a Lebanese-backed group based on Iran, and his war with Hamas three years later.
Justin Bronk, a researcher at the Royal United Services for Defense and Security Study, said much of the Iron Dome was made possible by high-speed radar equipment that enables them to quickly detect incoming rocket launches that can hit landfalls and land that will land safely.
The Iron Dome has 10 batteries operated nationwide, each with three or four initial weapons that can fire 20 weapons, giving the system the ability to shoot 800 arrows at incoming stones, without trying to start over.
Designed to cope with short, slow-moving rockets, the arrows they use are smaller and cheaper than those used to protect other aircraft, such as the US Patriot system, where the intruders spend between $ 40,000 and $ 100,000, Bronk said.
The Obama administration backed up the US currency at the Iron Dome in a bid to support Israel. But it also hoped that it would help prevent conflicts from escalating.
“It was a deliberate count by Obama’s administration to raise money for it [general] “The United States and not just US military aid, in the end, is about $ 1.5bn,” Bronk said. He further added that the problem is that Americans are more likely to use the knowledge of research and development.
Ulrike Franke, chief of staff at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said the incident this week underscored the “political importance” of the Iron Dome that enabled Israel to “continue living a normal life under attack”.
“It gives the government freedom – if the Hamas invasion had killed hundreds of civilians in Israel, the Israeli government would have been forced to intervene,” he said. “With the protection of the Iron Dome, the government has the right to control it. However, it also gives the government the right not to try to find a peaceful solution – because it can withstand, temporarily, those risks.”
But the sheer number of salvos fired this week by Hamas has also shocked Israelis, threatening areas where rockets have breached security.
“I know I shouldn’t be scared, but you hear the sirens, and you’re scared – what if you’re an unlucky person in this country today?” said Tomer, moving to a car in Jaffa with his baby. Minutes later, an Iron Dome bomber took a rocket over it, leaving smoke in the air.
The Israeli military also expressed surprise that Hamas was willing to launch a campaign against the militant armed forces in the Middle East and set a precedent.
There is a risk that the proliferation of hundreds of rockets could disrupt the process. Hezbollah has the largest and most powerful rockets in Palestine.
“Hezbollah has more than 100,000 weapons and is fully equipped to fire many volleys,” Bronk said. “Most of its rockets now have advanced missiles in Iran so that’s right, which also adds to the amount of Iron Dome that might need to be stopped.”
But he added that the Iron Dome was not designed to be “complete security”.
“In many ways he changes the game psychologically than he changes all the power in any fight,” Bronk said.
Additional reports of Mehul Srivastava in Tel Aviv