New Israeli rocket shield passes final test BUT will it end Israel's barbarism, blockade.


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An Israeli system that shoots down short-range rockets has passed final tests and will be deployed near Israel's borders by November, the Defence Ministry said. US President Barack Obama previously asked Congress for $205m to support the development of "Iron Dome", which intercepts short-range rockets like those used by Palestinian militants in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The system successfully shot down multiple rockets simultaneously for the first time in testing this week, Israel's Defence Ministry said. Senior US State Department official Andrew Shapiro said that US support for Iron Dome will, "provide Israel with the capabilities and the confidence that it needs to take the tough decisions ahead for a comprehensive peace." Produced by state-owned Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., Iron Dome uses small radar-guided missiles to blow up Katyusha-style rockets with ranges of between 5 km and 70 km, as well as mortar bombs, mid-air.

Its development was spurred by the 2006 conflict in Lebanon with Hezbollah and the Gaza Strip war against Hamas 18 months ago, when those Israeli towns within range were all-but defenceless against the rockets. The Defence Ministry aired video footage of the test that showed the Iron Dome rockets fly past errant missiles and intercept only those calculated to land in populated areas. The two units will begin operating by November are truck-towed and easily deployed to any of Israel's borders, the Defence Ministry said.

Question is, will there be an independant free state for Paestinians, end of the blockade and end of innocent civilian killings.
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