BY SUBRATA GHOSHROY | 13 DECEMBER 2012
- Israel’s Iron Dome system is being held up as proof that missile defense has assumed the status of a real battlefield weapon.
- But Israel has released little information to back up claims that Iron Dome intercepted 90 to 95 percent of the rockets it targeted during the recent Gaza hostilities.
- Because the history of missile defense is replete with unwarranted claims of success, Congress should seek independent verification of Iron Dome’s performance before providing Israel with additional funding for the system.
Since an Israeli-Hamas ceasefire was announced in November, Israel’s Iron Dome system has been hailed as proof that missile defense has emerged from the realm of the theoretical and assumed the status of a real battlefield weapon.
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