Israel’s Iron Dome Intercepts Rockets from Gaza

The Israeli military has posted video reportedly showing its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepting rockets fired by Palestinian fighters in Gaza.

Mid-air explosions can been seen against the dark of night and wailing sirens can be heard on the minute-long clip posted on Tuesday by idfnadesk, the official YouTube page of the Israel Defense Forces.

“This is footage of the Iron Dome system intercepting a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza at the Israeli port city of Ashdod,” states a description accompanying the video.

Tensions between the two sides have escalated in recent days after a teenage Palestinian boy was killed following the abduction and killings last month of three Israelis teens.

Almost 100 rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday, according to the Associated Press. After a brief morning lull, the rocket fire resumed on Tuesday, with more than 15 rockets launched toward southern Israel, including the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, AP reported.

Five were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, according to the news wire. (Later reports put the number of intercepted rockets at 29.)

Meanwhile, the Israeli military launched an offensive, called “Operation Protective Edge,” striking at least 50 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping the rocket barrage, AP reported.

The missile defense system is made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and funded largely by the U.S. It’s designed to defend cities from short-range rockets and artillery fired from distances of as far as 43.5 miles (70 kilometers).

The House of Representatives last month passed a defense authorization bill that would authorize $351 million for the Iron Dome program in fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1.

While that figure is almost double the amount the White House requested for the effort, the legislation would also require that American companies get some of the funding and for the technology to be shared with the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency.

The Senate hasn’t yet taken up the measure.

To date, the U.S. has spent almost three-quarters of a billion dollars on the Iron Dome system.

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24 Comments on "Israel’s Iron Dome Intercepts Rockets from Gaza"

  1. $150,000+ missile to destroy a $10 rocket or $5 mortar. I guess they don't care since the American taxpayer is footing the bill.

  2. I'd say that those guys where pretty calm considering that they were stuck on a boat with rockets exploding over their heads.

  3. Wait… So we pay to develop Iron Dome and we don't even have access to the tech ourselves yet?

    We spend way too much money on Israel..

  4. We don't spend enough money on Israel. Given sufficient support, they could really slow down terrorism in the middle east and probably world wide.

  5. Benjamin Franklin said it best, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"

    The Israeli people poll after poll no longer agree with oppressing the Palestinian people and overwhelming support a two state solution. The oppression for temporary safety has failed, and will continue to fail outside a genocide worse than that of WW2. The Israeli people no longer support their corrupt Benjamin Netanyahu but his popular party continues to keep him in power. The people need to force this change in order to seriously engage with the united Palestinians who are giving peace a chance and are willing to act to stop the aggression by 3rd parties. Israel needs to return to the negotiation table. History has proven further aggression by either side has never led to any positive outcome.

    "Israel will never get true security and safety through oppressing another people. A true peace can ultimately be built only on justice. We condemn the violence of suicide bombers, and we condemn the corruption of young minds taught hatred; but we also condemn the violence of military incursions in the occupied lands, and the inhumanity that won't let ambulances reach the injured." -Desmond TuTu

  6. You can’t make peace with someone who wants you dead- the Palestinians want peace thru Israeli suicide

  7. The Palestinians got everything they wanted back when Arifat was in control of the P.L.O. And walked away from it just to show his defience to a state of Israel.

  8. The article is correct, no missile defense system can hit every projectile coming into the target area. The rocket barrages are designed to overwhelm the Iron Dome system. This is the same tactic that any enemy of the US will use to overwhelm the missile defense systems. The only effective defense is to eliminate the missiles at the launch sites before they can be fired.

  9. Reminds me of the Patriots during the GW1 "hitting" the Iraqi scuds. LOL!

  10. What’s it matter what the cost is as long as it saves innocent lives. All the math in the world doesn’t add in the cost of an innocent child, brother, sister, mother or father. Hell you act like it’s your money their spending

  11. Either make peace or fully declare war & fight until 1 side is completely eliminated. Same with Iraq. Stop leaving enemies behind to just make mess of things. Stop giving enemies the option to retreat & reform. All this tech, spying, allied support and money, but just seems to have been wasted & abused. Israel is one of our closest supporters. If they are attacking, we should be too. end of

  12. Not sure where you live but I've been to the Southwestern states.. Majority of population is Mexican and mostly due to 200 years of border crossing freely. Only in recent decades have we even begun to control it & it's too late. Only hope it to create jobs in Mexico so some go back & to find an end to the drug wars. That said, what you call just illegals are humans. We need to bond closer with Mexico not build a wall.

  13. Kurt Montandon | July 10, 2014 at 12:51 am | Reply

    No surprise you get hard at the thought of incinerating desperate children.

  14. Time magazine in 2012 cited an unnamed senior Israeli official saying the cost of an interceptor missile was “pocket change” compared to the cost of a rocket hitting Israeli neighborhoods. “If these rockets actually hit a neighborhood, in terms of the human costs, the wounded, the destruction of infrastructure would be much greater. So $100,000 is not that much to pay for a house that’s full of kids,” the official said.

    Amen.

  15. At the 2014 Singapore Air Show, Rafael unveiled its Iron Beam laser air-defense system. Iron Beam is a directed energy weapon made to complement the Iron Dome system by using a high-energy laser to destroy rockets, mortars, and other airborne threats.

  16. We should send Joe "Empty Dome" Biden over there to negotiate.

  17. Every time an unguided missile is launched at Israel, launch 10 unguided rockets into Gaza. Ten for one. Every single time. At some point the local yocals will police the lunatics.

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  21. charles houghton | August 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Reply

    u. s. to give 225,000,000 to replace 700 defenses missiles used to save innocent lives.That is 35,000,000 at 50,000 per missile.I HOPE the remaining 190,000,000million will be spent on FOUR more Iron Dome missile batteries. Expand the Iron Dome far enough to explode I C B M s coming from Iran- over Iraq.If you love the world-protect America!

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