'Iron Dome failures not due to penny pinching'
Yoav Zitun
Published: 13.03.12, 08:52
Comment Comment
Print comment Print comment
Back to article
19 Talkbacks for this article
The Iron Dome is a fantastic system ,and so brilliant and innovative ,but it is expensive.
2. rocket defense system has 85% success rate,...
split ,   US   (03.13.12)
How much of this report is bragging to boost sales ? ,... "Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is hoping that the Iron Dome’s high interception success rate over the past few days will lead to an increase in international sales" BTW, Each interceptor rocket costs around $50,000-100,000 each and usually two are fired at $15 flying gutter that keeps 1 million Israelis in bunkers and paralyses daily life,...
3. to #2 How would you like to have a "flying
jason white ,   afula, israel   (03.13.12)
gutter" land in your house? That is like comparing wearing a ceramic bullet proof vest that cost hundreds of dollars to stop a $1 bullet is not worth it. The best way to save money is to target the civilians and the infrastructure of gaza.
4. #2; Yes and the English will buyb them to stop ....
David ,   Karmiel, Israel   (03.13.12)
the Scots from firing rockets over Hadrian's wall! So what would you do in the USA? We all know. Appease the Muslims at home, call them Militants to keep Rupert Murdoch's Arab friends happy and send more troops to Afghanistan to teach the Afghan Army how to kill NATO soldiers! That's the American Way!
5. To: No. 2
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (03.13.12)
Would you prefer that Israel adopt the NATO carpet bombing approach, whereby tens of thousands of civilians perished in Kosovo and one million civilians perished in Afghanistan, Iraq and Waziristan?
6. To: No. 1
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (03.13.12)
Each time Iron Dome intercepts a missile, the attendant costs should be deducted from the ridiculous sums of cash which Israel pays to Gaza each month. So, either the missiles stop flying or Iron Dome pays for itself. Israel should also deduct the amounts incurred to deploy and maintain the Iron Dome batteries.
7. to #5 simple answer ......
jack bauer   (03.13.12)
no to carpet bombing. yes to intensive creeping artillery barrage. Slowly move it from north to south. We walk in behind it and turn gaza into a giant orange grove. Then give each arab 100 $ to start their new life in egypt
8. Israel must take the offensive again.
Chaim ,   Israel   (03.13.12)
Our terrorist enemies build a rocket for about $100 and change. Israel spends about $50,000, on the Iron Dome, per intercepted rocket. Who is the math working for? There is nothing wrong with Iron Dome per se. However, there is a huge problem with Israel's defensive posture. Israel can never win as long as we play defense. Israel must take the offensive again. As we did when we were widely respected by friends and foes alike. As Harr S. Truman noted, "Bring the war to the enemy. Don't let them bring it to you".
9. To Sarah No. 5
Dan S. ,   US   (03.13.12)
Actually, I would rather they employ the carpet bombing technique. Its not like the population in Gaza doesn't deserve it royally. If the Allies had not employed the carpet bombing technique we would never have destroyed Germany or Japan during WWII. So long as the enemy thinks they even have a chance, they will continue to fight. If they want to martyr themselves, we are only giving them what they desire.
10. 3 - would you like to have a "flying gutter" land in your
split ,   US   (03.13.12)
No, and that's one of the reasons why I'm nice by nature, don't bully and steal land from my neighbors ,...
11. 5 - Would you prefer ,...
split ,   US   (03.13.12)
No I wouldn't - BTW, Bush, the New American Century and the Jewish neo-con pack surrounding him that got us in this mess are not my heroes ,...
12. To: Dan at No. 9
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (03.13.12)
I'm in total agreement.
13. To: No. 10
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (03.13.12)
Do you mean the way the Arabs illegally occupy parts of Israel? And you're not "nice by nature." What you are is stupid.
14. To: No. 11
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (03.13.12)
I daresay that most of the civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan have been incurred on Obama's watch. And all of the civilian deaths in Waziristan have been incurred on Obama's watch; there was no U.S. troop presence in Waziristan until 2009. Certainly civilian deaths in Libya because of NATO's indiscriminate bombing occurred on Obama's watch. Obama may have pulled the U.S. out of Iraq (leaving behind a complete mess), but he hasn't brought the troops home. Most have been re-deployed to Afghanistan, Waziristan and South Korea. Don't you know ANYTHING?
15. To: Jack Bauer at No. 7
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (03.13.12)
Carpet bombing to soften them up; then come in and clean up what's left of Gaza. Just kick any survivors out. They can find their way to Egypt on their own. Perhaps the Egyptians will help them [snicker]. I certainly won't.
16. 'Iron Dome failures not due to penny pinching'
Are you kidding me? If not then its due to what?
17. 6
zionist forever   (03.14.12)
Sarah I couldn't agree with you more. We should already be taking that money to fund extra security. Even better there is $2 billion worth of natural gas off the Gaza coast lets start drilling it and pocketing the profits to fund all the extra security.
18. 15
john Darren ,   cairns-Australia   (03.14.12)
They might need help to get to Egypt.
19. Failures from 'penny pinching?'
Neal ,   Minneapolis USA   (03.14.12)
Writer No. 16 w/o guts to give even a first name: Obviously, you haven't a clue to the enormous technical difficulty of hitting a small, fast-moving target with another small, fast-moving target. Not to mention evaluating its trajectory (by computer) to see it it's worth firing at in the first place; Iron Dome is designed to ignore rockets headed for open space and intercept those that would hit cities. And doing this in a matter of a seconds. The system to do all this is enormously expensive, and it's very new. If Israel had the money and time to build several dozen systems, it could cover much of its borders. Meantime, you can be confident that each new battery deployed be improved by lessons learned from the previous one. That's the way a good system is made better. Does it cost a fortune? Yes. So help: Buy Israel bonds.
Back to article