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Missiles from Gaza: Testing the Israeli Iron Dome

Updated on March 15, 2012
Hezbollah Plans to occupy Israel
Hezbollah Plans to occupy Israel
Missile ranges from Lebanon
Missile ranges from Lebanon

There may be two coming Middle East conflicts this year. Probably sooner than later. The recent Gaza missile attacks from the Islamic group of Palestinians there have been firing hundreds of short range missiles into the border towns of Israel.

Defending the area are Israel's latest active defense missile system, Iron Dome, which comprises of three elements. There are only 3-4 such units deployed (each has 20 missiles). To the dismay of the Islamic group in Gaza, only 20-25% of them have impacted on Israeli towns with the remaining of them destroyed in mid-air by the Iron Dome.

Concerned, Iranian officials arrived in a guarded convoy at the Fatma outpost opposite Metullah meeting with Hizballah military intelligence officers along Lebanon border. They inspected from their side of the border, Israeli defenses and the Iron Dome in action as missiles from Gaza approached. Iran, as promised, is now moving forward with plans to match the Palestinian assault on southern Israeli with an offensive on the north from Lebanon.

Hezbollah in Lebanon has thousands, some indicate over 10,000, short and medium Iranian missiles there, most hidden until instructions from Iran arrive for Hezbollah to fire them. Like a light switch, the situation could erupt suddenly in a much more serious manner for Israel. This happened in 2006, when Hezbollah fired their missile deluge that prompted Israeli to invade Lebanon in their ill-fated war. Their tanks were met with sophisticated Russian anti-tank missiles.

It very well be Iran's preemptive strike as they promised to do. Having missiles being fired from Gaza and Lebanon simultaneously would tax Israel's Iron Dome system, cause terror in the cities from the medium range missiles, divert and distract the world and Israel from any attack on Iran for their nuclear bomb weapons progress. It could be effective and if Hezbollah infantry (they have 3-5000) actually crossed into Israel to seize towns cause more murder, the distraction would be monumental-a new ball game.

Israeli intelligence feel this is a very real possibility, if not as a preemptive strike, but what Iran will do AFTER any US\Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Then, there is Syria, which continues to destroy the opposition there. Assad has consulted with Iran about crushing tactics, has got millions in loans from Iran because Syrian economy is shot after a year of unrest, and has a large gas and biological weapon storage facilities. Were Iran to also use some missile gas attacks, a new dimension would be added.

For Israel's paranoia, just look at the map: missiles from Iran are in Gaza and Lebanon, both border the country. Syria has a large missile stockpile, which Iran, has access to. The ONLY border country NOT an "enemy" to them is Jordan, which remains neutral.

2012 is a very dangerous time in the Middle East.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      I agree, the Gazans get the missiles for free, that is why they are a proxy for Iran.

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas


      Great article. Max says weapons cost money and that is true, well except if you have a boat load of unaccounted for weapons from another country.Max also needs to reread the history as many Israelis have died from Gaza rockets.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      Tossing missiles into Israel with intent to kill, even though that failed so far, is no lie. Death or not, it is the palestinians and Iran stirring tension. Weapons cost money yet they and Hezbollah get them free from Iran, at least factions of both do. As to the deaths in Gaza, well, if you play with fire, you sometimes get burned. Goes with the territory.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      It is interesting to unveil your perfidy through your lies. Don't weapons cost money? Palestinians lack everything but missiles or maybe they prefer spending on weapons versus everyday necessities! Can you inform us as for your source of "information"? It is also interesting to underline the fact (maybe the only one in your texts) that no Israelis died from those "so-called" bombings and at least 12 Palestinians died!

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I guess there is just too much hatred and bad history between them for it to end in a positive manner.

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      David Zephaniah 5 years ago from Florida

      It’s a great article. You are right about your facts. I hope that a day will come when Palestinians will choose Peace and try to better their lives, instead of unrealistic and unreasonable demands and fantasies.