Israel's anti-rocket system "not full solution"

16:54, April 11, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) walks with air force chief Major-General Ido Nehushtan (5th R) and Defence Minister Ehud Barak (5th L) during a visit to an Iron Dome unit in the coastal city of Ashkelon, north of the Gaza Strip April 10, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

by Claire Ben-Ari

Loud blasts from Israel's new revolutionary anti-rocket system "Iron Dome" were felt and heard all over southern Israel, as it successfully intercepted several incoming missiles fired from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants over the weekend.

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu celebrated the system's achievement on Sunday, but admitted that, "With all it's significance, (the system) is clearly a partial solution, and a military answer is also needed."

As towns and communities within close proximity of Gaza still lack defense from rockets, many southern residents found themselves under attack once again this weekend, expressing their disappointment in the new system.

Sderot mayor David Buskila criticized the system, "We have been victims for years. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) did not initiate Operation Cast Lead because of what was happening in Sderot and the communities, but because of Be'er Sheva and Ashdod. "

Dror from Kfar Azza, a community near Gaza said, "The situation is not safe yet and I am still frightened. The system still does not give a 100 percent solution and the proof of this is that a rocket hit a building just meters from here yesterday."

Palestinian militants continue to fire missiles in every direction towards Israel on Sunday, raising the alert level in south Israel to 3 out of 4, just short of wartime deployment.

School was cancelled in major cities in southern Israel after Hamas launched an anti-tank missile at a school bus, critically injuring a teenager.

Ronit, a resident in Kibbutz (collective farm) Mefaltsim, said, "Because we have the Iron Dome system, I think it is encouraging them (Hamas) to fire more rockets."

【1】 【2】

  Weekly review  


  • Do you have anything to say?
  • Israel's anti-rocket system "not full solution"
  • France, UNOCI continues operation to neutralize Gbagbo's force
  • France, UNOCI continues operation to neutralize Gbagbo's force
  • People enjoy spring in C China
  • Libyan gov't accepts AU peace roadmap, agrees to talks with rebels
  • Boao, host township of BRICS summit