26 Feb '13, 8am

Arab Rockets, Iranian Missiles, and Israeli Air Defenses

The combination of effective active and passive anti-rocket defenses also provides the Israeli government with more options to respond to aggression on the part of Hizbullah or Hamas in the future. Numerous Israeli defense analysts have already concluded that the IDF was able to dispense with a ground incursion into Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, instead making do mainly with air strikes, because the Iron Dome system prevented heavy casualties and property destruction in Israel. The same scenario could be played out in a future conflict with Hizbullah or Hamas. On the other hand, if a ground incursion were to be deemed necessary in a confrontation, the Israeli government might have fewer qualms about ordering one if it can efficiently defend the home front. Likewise, the Israeli government might have fewer qualms about attacking Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities ...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/arab-rockets-iranian...

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