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Jerusalem - Israel: Iron Dome Shootdowns Of Gaza Rockets Cost $25 Million-$30 Million

Published on: November 22, 2012 08:05 AM
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FILE - An Israeli 'Iron Dome' fires a missile, the second of three form the same battery, to intercept Grad missiles fired from the Gaza Strip, as it defends an Israeli population center in the south of the country, 15 November 2012. EPAFILE - An Israeli 'Iron Dome' fires a missile, the second of three form the same battery, to intercept Grad missiles fired from the Gaza Strip, as it defends an Israeli population center in the south of the country, 15 November 2012. EPA

Jerusalem - Israel’s Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost $25 million to $30 million, the government said on Thursday, arguing the U.S.-backed system was well worth the money.

“Were Iron Dome traded on the (Tel Aviv) stock exchange or Nasdaq, it would have multiplied its share value several times over,” Civil Defense Minister Avi Dichter told Israel Radio in an interview where he outlined the system’s outlay.

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Using radar-guided interceptor missiles, Israel’s five truck-towed Iron Dome batteries shot down 421 of some 1,500 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip between November 14 and Wednesday’s Egyptian-brokered truce, the military said.

It put Iron Dome’s success rate at 90 percent. To lower costs, the system engages only rockets that threaten populated areas, though it often fires two interceptor missiles at once.

Rockets killed 5 people in Israel and wounded dozens during the conflict, police said. Three died in coastal Ashdod on a day when Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, Iron Dome’s state-owned manufacturer, said the system had suffered a malfunction.

If more Hamas rockets had got through, especially the handful fired at the commercial hub Tel Aviv, and caused mass casualties, devastating Israeli retaliation perhaps including a full-scale ground assault would have been nearly certain.

A senior official estimated that such escalation could cost Israel as much as $380 million a day. Keen to stem that risk, the United States has been helping bankroll Iron Dome. President Barack Obama pledged further support on Wednesday.

Israel says it needs 13 batteries for satisfactory nationwide Defense. A Defense industry source put the unit cost for Israel at around $50 million.

The focus of Israel’s aerial assault on Gaza were the stockpiles and launch silos of rockets imported or improvised by Hamas and other factions. Gaza medical officials said 162 Palestinians were killed, more than half of them civilians.

The most potent of those rockets were Iranian-designed Fajr-5s with 75 km (46 mile) ranges and 175 kg (385 lb) warheads, though Hamas also said it used a Gaza-made variant, “Qassam M-75”.

Iran denies supplying arms to the Palestinians. But the Iranian Young Journalists Club website on Wednesday quoted the commander of the Islamic republic’s Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari, saying the corps had “put the technology of Fajr-5 missiles at their (Gazans’) disposal and right now a good number of these have been made and are available to them”.

Summarizing the Gaza assault in a separate Israel Radio interview, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said: “Hamas’s heavy rockets were destroyed (and) a large part of the mid-range rockets were destroyed.”


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 Nov 22, 2012 at 08:58 AM Barryfrombrooklyn Says:

The fact that these iron some interceptors are truck towed, worry me alot.
In a war with an enemy that has greater capacity, these trucks can be blown to shreds leaving all of Israel's citizens extremely vulnerable. I hope they build adequate air defenses surrounding these trucks.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 09:22 AM Kzler Says:

I am sure Mr Adelson will fill the financial since he wasted 53 million to defeat the President and his Macao fine enterprise will show abundant profits

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 09:24 AM PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

But it probably saved a billion in property damages, and the lives it saved? Well worth the money. Especially when the money comes from the American taxpayer. They should thank Obama.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM Anonymous Says:

The costs of operating all the defenses here, whether Iron Dome, the IAF activities, the paychecks for the military personnel, and the repair for the damages to property in Israel should all be deducted from the tax monies collected by Israel that are transferred to Gaza. They did the damage, now they pay for it. Is that hard to understand? Or will Obama find a way to compensate Hamas for the terror expenses (just call it humanitarian aid)?

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM sane Says:

So why don't we start collecting for the rest of the Iron Dome batteries needed to protect Jews? Every shul should make an appeal right away. Maybe, instead of going broke buying summer homes or redoing homes, people should worry more about the safety of Yidden in Israel.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM ikleinit Says:

Reply to #1  
Barryfrombrooklyn Says:

The fact that these iron some interceptors are truck towed, worry me alot.
In a war with an enemy that has greater capacity, these trucks can be blown to shreds leaving all of Israel's citizens extremely vulnerable. I hope they build adequate air defenses surrounding these trucks.

U apparently have no modern tactical understanding of war. Mobile missile and antimissile trucks are the hardest to target and hit. Because they are Mobile and can easily he repositione. Allowing more versatility and range as well as harder detection.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM Anonymous Says:

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Kzler Says:

I am sure Mr Adelson will fill the financial since he wasted 53 million to defeat the President and his Macao fine enterprise will show abundant profits

I am sure you are aware the he already sends many multiple of millions to Israeli charities and causes yearly.

He also provides most of the support for birthright.

The reason he spent the 53million was because he was concerned for Israel's security.
The 53 million is just a small part of what he has given.

But the facts won't get in the way of your comments, will they?

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