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  • REPORT: HEZBOLLAH THREATS PROMPT ISRAEL TO ADD EXTRA IRON DOME SYSTEMS ON WARSHIPS

    03/30/2017 7:37:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | MARCH 28, 2017
    Four ships being manufactured in Germany that were originally slated to each contain a single Iron Dome launcher reportedly will now have two. The threat of Hezbollah rockets targeting offshore natural gas platforms has prompted the Israeli Navy to add an extra Iron Dome launcher to the Sa’ar 6 missile ships that are currently being manufactured for Israel in Germany, Defense News reported on Monday. Defense News quoted a senior Israeli naval officer as saying the change in design was prompted by Hezbollah’s arsenal of Grad rockets and longer-range projectiles. “Because of this growing threat, we’re adding another launcher on...
  • Israel to use new sea-borne missile defense to guard gas fields

    05/18/2016 10:48:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 18, 2016 | Ari Rabinovitch
    Israel's military said on Wednesday it had developed a version of its Iron Dome missile interceptor system that can be fired from the deck of a cruising navy ship to protect its offshore gas platforms. The augmented defense system passed a live test two weeks ago when it shot down several short-range ballistic missiles from a moving boat, said Colonel Ariel Shir, the navy's head of operational systems. Israel has boosted its naval defenses over the past decade after the discovery of sizeable natural gas deposits off its Mediterranean coast. While the biggest fields are far from shore, the gas...
  • US missile defense aid to Israel to cut sharply in 2017

    02/10/2016 10:41:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2016, 8:13 AM | Ari Yashar
    Pentagon documents released on Tuesday indicate that the 2017 budget requests of the US Defense Department include a total of $145.8 million for Israeli missile defense programs, a sharp drop in financial support amid a standoff over American military aid. The aid, meant for Israel's missile interceptor programs including the short-range Iron Dome, medium-range David's Sling and Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, includes far lower figures than those recorded the year before in 2016, reports Reuters. A total of $103.8 million for Israeli cooperative programs was listed in the 2017 budget request, in a serious cut from $267.7 million in 2016....
  • Report: Gulf States to Purchase Israel's Iron Dome System

    10/13/2015 11:08:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Oct 14, 2015
    Several Gulf nations are currently in negotiations to purchase the Israeli-made Iron Dome missile defense system, Sky News reported on Tuesday. The report said that member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council want to defend themselves against a growing "Iranian arsenal of missiles." A senior Gulf government official was quoted as saying that "If Netanyahu were not making less of a mess of things and was more like [Egypt's] Anwar Sadat, then we would be happy to buy the missiles straight from Israel." The official was apparently referring to is the Gulf states' intention to buy the systems through American contractors...
  • Iron Dome Intercepts Two Rockets Over Ashkelon

    09/19/2015 7:10:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Israel National Nes Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/18/2015, 11:45 PM | Elad Benari, Canada
    Iron Dome shoots down two Gaza rockets that were headed towards Ashkelon, hours after attack on Sderot.
  • Rockets target Tel Aviv in wake of truce breakdown

    08/19/2014 4:41:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    jpost.com | 8/19/14
    IAF renews sorties over Gaza hitting dozens of targets; Palestinians report first deaths since cease-fire collapse; IDF says 50 rockets fired at Israel since 4 p.m.; Iron Dome intercepts six. Hours after rockets shattered the cease-fire and hit Gaza frontier communities, three loud explosions were heard over Tel Aviv, shortly before 11 p.m., for the first time in over a week. In total, the IDF said that 50 rockets were fired at Israel since 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday until around midnight. Six rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on...
  • Gaza: Hamas Fires Fourth 'Test' Rocket in Two Days

    11/20/2014 6:51:48 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-20-14 | Ari Soffer
    The IDF has confirmed that Hamas fired yet another rocket from Gaza towards the Red Sea Thursday morning. It is the fourth such launch in the past two days alone, part of a series of tests by the Islamist terrorist group to improve its rocket capabilities. "Moments ago, #IDF Active Defense system identified a rocket launch from central #Gaza into the sea for the 4th time in the past 24 hours," the IDF announced on its Twitter feed earlier this morning. "Indication suggests #Gaza terrorists are experimenting in order to increase rocket launching capabilities." Since the end of Operation Protective...
  • Iranian Cleric Threatens to ‘Raze Tel Aviv, Haifa to the Ground’

    11/16/2014 5:44:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 11/16/2014, 9:19 PM | Ari Soffer
    A leading Iranian cleric has threatened to “raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground” if Israel attacks the country over its nuclear program. Speaking in a televised public sermon in the capital Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Movahedi-Kermani boasted that “the Sejjil ballistic missile can hit and raise to the ground any place in Israel, as well as any America base in the region.” His comments were translated from Iranian Channel 1 by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Kermani, who serves as Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s official representative to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards, claimed that “none of...
  • Rafael extends Iron Dome C-RAM to the naval domain

    10/26/2014 9:07:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Oct 26, 2014
    RAFAEL unveils at Euronaval the C-DOME - close-in weapon system that provides a defensive shield for naval surface vessels, against multiple simultaneous ripple attacks. C-DOME suite comprises a 10-missile stack, packed in a vertical launch unit installed below deck. The system utilizes combat-proven Tamir interceptor missiles, and command and control, integrated with the ship’s surveillance and air defense radar. Photos: RAFAEL RAFAEL is extending the Iron Dome Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar defense system to the maritime domain, to protect surface vessels from a wide range of threats, including ballistic trajectory and direct attack weapons. The navalized system dubbed ‘C-Dome’ is...
  • Navy Secretly Tests 'Iron Dome for Ships'

    10/13/2014 4:18:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/13/2014 | Gil Ronen
    Barak 8 missile was successful in intercepting a missile that imitated the Yakhont anti-ship cruise missile. The Israel Navy has conducted a successful secret test of the Barak 8 missile, which is designed to defend ships from the much-vaunted Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles, reports Channel 2. The Yakhont missiles are one of the greatest threats to the Navy's vessels, mostly because of their potential use by Syria and Hezbollah. The missile flies at a very high speed – almost the speed of sound – from the moment it is launched. The test was carried out with the cooperation of an...
  • Iron Dome, the star of the Gaza war, proves a tough sell abroad

    10/06/2014 7:56:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 6, 2014
    The Iron Dome has only sold to one foreign country, whose identity is being kept secret by both sides. Normally, an advanced new weapon system with a battle-proven success rate of 90 percent would have global defense procurement agencies on the phone in minutes. But Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor is yet to prove a hit with buyers abroad. In terms of operational achievement, tested on the Gaza, Lebanese and Egyptian Sinai fronts, Iron Dome is unrivaled in the arms market. However its uniqueness - developed for a particular threat in a particular place - also limits its appeal to...
  • J Street Endorsees in Congress Refuse to Support Iron Dome Funding for Israel

    08/21/2014 11:54:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/21/14 | Adam Kredo
    Eleven lawmakers backed by liberal advocacy group J Street either voted against or refused to vote in favor of increased funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which has been a critical life-saver during Hamas’s latest assault on the Jewish state. Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency increase in funding for Iron Dome this month by a vote of 395 to 8. Three of the eight who voted against the funding increase are J Street-backed lawmakers. Another eight abstained from the pro-Israel vote and also are financially supported by the group. J Street’s political action committee (PAC) has already donated...
  • Ceasefire, Hamas Style: Rocket Barrage Hits Southern Israel

    08/13/2014 3:55:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 8/14/2014, 12:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Gaza terrorists fired a barrage of rockets towards southern Israel on Wednesday night, just moments before one ceasefire was set to end and a new one to begin. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted one rocket over the city of Netivot. Two other rockets exploded in the Sdot Negev region. […] The latest rocket fire came just before midnight, when a 72-hour ceasefire was set to end. Moments before midnight, Israel and the Palestinian Arabs agreed to extend the 72-hour ceasefire. …
  • Lessons of the War in Gaza (Good, clear, succinct)

    08/12/2014 2:44:32 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Unity Coalition for Israel ^ | August 9th, 2014 | Daniel Pipes
    As Israeli operations against Hamas wind down, here are seven insights into the month-long conflict: Missile shield: The superb performance of Iron Dome, the protective system that shot down nearly every Hamas rocket threatening life or property, has major military implications for Israel and the world. Its success signals that “Star Wars” (as opponents maliciously dubbed it upon introduction in 1983) can indeed provide protection from short-range and also presumably from long-range rockets and missiles, potentially changing the future of warfare. Tunnels: Tunneling behind enemy lines is hardly a new tactic; historically, it has had success, such as the 1917...
  • Israel Didn’t Expect This Miracle Just Seconds Before A Hamas Rocket Almost Killed Hundreds

    08/06/2014 9:56:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Western Journalism's The Haven ^ | August 6, 2014 | F. Peter Brown
    An Israeli commander claimed that hundreds of Israeli lives were saved recently when “the hand of God” stopped a Hamas rocket. The Israeli commander described the attack on a Hebrew-language website: A missile was fired from Gaza. Iron Dome precisely calculated [its trajectory]. We know where these missiles are going to land down to a radius of 200 meters. This particular missile was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers, the Kirya (Israel’s equivalent of the Pentagon) or [a central Tel Aviv railway station]. Hundreds could have died. We fired the first [interceptor]. It missed. Second [interceptor]. It missed. This...
  • Of Hiroshima, Hamas And Israel’s Right To Exist

    08/05/2014 5:47:43 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Threats: As a somber anniversary nears, "proportional response" has replaced "victory" in the lexicon of war. But no nation facing an existential threat should apologize for winning or for saving the lives of its own people. The other day Navi Pillay, the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights, after a meeting of the U.N.'s Geneva-based Human Rights Council, said that Israel, despite dropping leaflets, dummy bombs and even sending text messages and using social media to warn citizens in Gaza, was not doing enough to protect civilians — and "international law has been violated, in a manner that could...
  • Israel withdraws most troops from Gaza

    08/03/2014 3:14:32 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 22 replies
    AP ^ | August 3 2014 | KARIN LAUB and JOSEF FEDERMAN
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead. Even as Israel said it was close to completing its mission, heavy fighting raged in parts of Gaza, with at least 10 people killed in what U.N. and Palestinian officials said was an Israeli airstrike near a U.N. shelter. The United States lashed out at Israel, saying it was "appalled" by the "disgraceful" attack. And with...
  • Rep. Ellison Explains Anti-Iron Dome Funding Vote: ‘Because We Need A Cease-fire’ (VIDEO)

    08/03/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Jewish Political Updates and News ^ | August 3 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Over the weekend, both the Senate and the House approved $225M in funding for the Iron Dome. The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and by a 395 to 8 vote. Opposition to the funding of the Iron Dome demonstarted an unfortunate bi-partisan measure – four Democrats and four Republicans voted against it. The four Democrats were Keith Ellison (MN-05), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jim Moran (VA-08), and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16); The four Republicans were Justin Amash (MI-03), Walter Jones (NC-03), Tom Massie (KY-04), and Mark Sanford (SC-01). Rep. Ellison explains vote on “Meet the Press”: “Because a ceasefire...
  • Video: Keith Ellison explains his vote against Iron Dome

    08/03/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/3/14 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that on Friday, in what would have been a Christmas Miracle were it not several months early, Congress actually got something done. It was the passage of a bill approving $225M in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. It was quite the bipartisan effort in retrospect, garnering an overwhelming 395 votes in the House with only eight in opposition. One of those eight was Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, and as The Corner reports, he went out on the weekend gab circuit to explain why he didn’t support the measure. “Because a cease-fire is what we...
  • UN Blasts Israel for Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas

    08/01/2014 1:26:28 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 81 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Aug 1 , 2014 | Elad Benari
    In what may be one of the most ridiculous accusations yet against Israel, the UN's top human rights official condemned Israel on Thursday for failing to share the Iron Dome anti-missile system with Hamas, Breitbart reports. According to the report, human rights commissioner Navi Pillay condemned Israel’s military actions to stop Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, telling reporters that Israel was “deliberately defying International Law... in a way that may constitute war crimes.” "There is a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” Breitbart quoted Pillay as saying following...