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Israel´s Iron Dome Has Intercepted
More Than 150 Rockets

ABC News, by Russell Goldman

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 11/18/2012 5:16:06 AM

Israel said that it will install a fifth "Iron Dome" battery before the end of the year, adding another installation to the country´s missile defense system, which has proven itself this week, intercepting more than 150 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. The missile defense system, which can identify enemy rockets, determine if they pose a threat to populated areas, and destroy them within a matter of seconds, has been praised by Israel´s leaders for saving hundreds of lives. The system, however, comes with a steep price. Each interceptor missile, which includes a radar guidance system, costs $40,000.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/18/2012 5:21:23 AM     (No. 9021479)

I wonder if this writer would worry about the cost if a rocket was headed his way?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 11/18/2012 6:28:58 AM     (No. 9021522)

What was the cost of the stimulus package?? And how many lives did it save?

I know it saved one job-- Obama´s! Paid for enough votes to seat this pain in the butt back into our collective lives for four more years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/18/2012 7:21:28 AM     (No. 9021556)

"Steep cost?" What is the cost if the attack is successful? Oh I see.. takes money away from food stamps and free phones!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ruready?, 11/18/2012 7:45:55 AM     (No. 9021588)

Steep price? The population do Israel is about 8 million, so 150 do these interceptors have cost each citizen ~ 75 cents. The world is upside down.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pliades, 11/18/2012 7:46:13 AM     (No. 9021590)

Has anyone thought to check the records to see how many Israeli are on food stamps and getting entitlements like BiBi-Phones? I wonder what Israel´s unemployment numbers are? Can any comparisons be made?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Maybeth, 11/18/2012 7:54:50 AM     (No. 9021599)

No wonder Obama appears to be anti-Israeli, while snubbing Prime Minister Netanyahu. There is much to be admired in the strength and patriotism which exists there, to the vexation of the U.S. president.
.... I´m still amazed at American Jews, who are apt to watch Israel attacked from all sides, while America opts to stay uninvolved.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/18/2012 8:03:15 AM     (No. 9021612)

It helps to read the article. There was no focus on the cost, it was merely mentioned as informational. The piece is really about the effectiveness of the system.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: sadc, 11/18/2012 8:05:56 AM     (No. 9021620)

The missles work, which is more than I can say for the loyal Obama supporters. Good point about how many jobs the stimulus created or TARP or any of the zillion we can´t even recall.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 11/18/2012 8:10:04 AM     (No. 9021628)

It really burns up ABC news that people can defend themselves against the wackos.

So hard to understand the motivations of the left. They seem suicidal.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: valinva, 11/18/2012 8:13:32 AM     (No. 9021637)

With the Egyptians no longer preventing the rockets from getting to Gaza, the cost could eventually be a concern in the long run as expensive missiles are used to destroy cheap missiles. Israel will have to plug the hole in the weapons transfer dike. This will mean boots on the ground in Gaza and a possible confrontation with Egypt.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 11/18/2012 8:19:48 AM     (No. 9021645)

While I find it hard to believe each interceptor missile goes for $40k apiece, wondering why Israel didn´t wallpaper the land along the Gaza strip with these. Poster #1´s comment also noted.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LZK, 11/18/2012 8:31:40 AM     (No. 9021664)

Good for Israel!! Where can I send a donation to help support the "war effort"?

Israel doesn´t need obama. The American people are with you. You don´t need the taxpayer´s money from the goooooberment. Just tell US where to send the donations...

Go Moosad!!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: OhMy, 11/18/2012 9:03:12 AM     (No. 9021722)

It is a good thing if Israel has a defensive weapon that is effective. More power to them. The real question on its cost is what is the cost of this defense vs the cost of the offensive weapon fired against them? Can the muslim hoardes bankrupt them by firing on them. Defence is good but defence alone is a dangerous proposition. Why is the left so opposed to defensive weapons against the nukes in the cold war ridiculing them as "star wars". The left is animated by our enemies!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: cake crumb, 11/18/2012 9:11:30 AM     (No. 9021733)

The author must be a progressive because he thinks human lives have no value.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MMC, 11/18/2012 9:33:21 AM     (No. 9021779)

I am praying for Israel...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 11/18/2012 9:59:50 AM     (No. 9021832)

"Read the article"? Surely #7 jests.

Most of the replies posted on the site are generated by the headline and/or the intro.

It takes a serious reader/poster to read the article before posting. The essence of the article is almost never in either the headline or the intro. But...

Failing that, a driveby wisecrack will do?

This is a highly informational article - maybe too much so as it gives more information on the system than seems prudent.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MissMann, 11/18/2012 10:34:53 AM     (No. 9021891)

Once it was decided it was possible, the rest was just engineering. Glad to see it got done and is protecting people.

Kinda like the seawall: it you´re serious about protecting your people, you get it done. If you are unserious, you worry about the size of the soda they´re drinking or if they have free contraceptives...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MDConservative, 11/18/2012 10:43:56 AM     (No. 9021906)

Better get production cranked up...when they run out the Islamo-missiles start dropping...maybe big ones.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/18/2012 11:07:03 AM     (No. 9021942)

Etched in my memory forever is the ridicule the mainstream media heaped on President Reagan, with the taunt of ´star wars!´ with his missile defense system program.
He was right. The left were wrong.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: WyoEagle, 11/18/2012 11:08:05 AM     (No. 9021943)

This is hardly the system that RR wanted, not even close.


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Reply 21 - Posted by: gesundheit, 11/18/2012 11:17:14 AM     (No. 9021956)

But Israel is also firing its own missiles into Gaza to destroy Hamas´s missile installations, which will continually decrease Hamas´s missile supply aimed at Israel.

Until now, the only people capable of destroying evildoers while remaining invulnerable themselves have been comicbook heroes. Superman, for example. Now we have Supernation, Israel with its Iron Dome.

There is no hope for the Palestinians unless they beat their missiles into plowshares and start working peacefully with Israel to rebuild their country.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: horacer, 11/18/2012 11:18:49 AM     (No. 9021962)

That´s an incredible kill ratio. Israel has just taken out the head of Hamas´ rocket program, Yahyia Byya. Taken out with extreme prejudice. It´s time to invade and destroy the stockpiles and munitions factories.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: RancherJack, 11/18/2012 11:24:15 AM     (No. 9021975)

Israel in cooperation with Northrup Grumman in 1996 successfully developed THEL - tactical high energy laser - to shoot down incoming ordnance.

2002 the design shot down incoming test rockets and missels. The mobile version successfully shot down 40+ incoming mortar rounds.

They´ve got equipment, like we have equipment no one has yet seen.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: oldvlc, 11/18/2012 11:39:53 AM     (No. 9022021)

While it is true the cost was only mentioned in passing, Israel can afford it. THEY have not squandered their national treasure on welfare queens, cell phones and bribes to unions. They do not have the crushing debt the USA has, and never will. They have wisely spent their money where it counts: defense.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: busterman, 11/18/2012 11:59:05 AM     (No. 9022051)

$40,000 a piece? That´s CHEAP!

An AGM-65 Maverick, optically guided, tank-busting missile hanging off a hard point on an A-10 Warthog (or F-15E, F-16, F/A-18...) costs $1 million a piece! That´s one million dollars for one missile. And it takes out a tank.

At $40,000 a piece, Israel can get 25 of these interceptor missiles for the price of ONE of our AGM-65´s.

Ldot posters: doing the research the paid, legacy media can´t be bothered to do on their own.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 11/18/2012 12:17:06 PM     (No. 9022075)

Iron Dome is proving an incredibly wonderful and effective system, BUT:

1. It is not Reagan´s "star wars" ballistic missile defense system, much as a unicycle is not a Chevy Tahoe,

and

2. $40,000 is very cheap for a modern precision-guided missile, BUT it is shooting down a lot of Qassam style missiles that cost about $500. It *can* shoot down bigger stuff, if there is any, up to even small aircraft. The US makes the Patriot missile for big stuff, at about $2,000,000 per missile - but even that is not the same as Reagan´s "star wars".

Mass-produced let´s say the Iron Dome "tamir" missiles could get down to even $10,000 each. Again, for modern military stuff, that would be next to a miracle. But again on the other side, sometimes you have to launch 2 or 3 or 4 to be sure to hit a target. And finally, some get through, especially when a bunch come at one time.

I´m really curious how the lasers are coming along too, but it turns out they are just NOT the same as Star Trek phases. Latest public info on them is at the 10kw level, they can only run for a few minutes before overheating, and targeting is a MUCH tougher task than anyone really thought.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: IMSully, 11/18/2012 12:38:30 PM     (No. 9022128)

Rockets don´t kill people, People kill People!

By not wasting money on missile defense look how many abortions we can cover!

I´m channeling my inner Coulter.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Namma, 11/18/2012 3:38:15 PM     (No. 9022394)

I´m with #12...where do I send my donation
Praying also for Israel..

You go get em Benny...Everyone has the right to defend themselvs.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 11/18/2012 4:27:43 PM     (No. 9022459)

Get ready for the Occupy "progressives" to intervene actively, #14. From a forum in the area close to where I once lived:

Dear Neighbors,

Here´s information about a local demonstration this afternoon:

And there follows a link to the OccupyRaleigh org which demands a stop to the so-called war on Gaza and "an end to Israel´s most recent attack on the Palestinian people."

Of course, no mention of the obvious--the number of rockets fired into Israel in the last year and, particularly, the number fired in the last few days (which was 371 last time I looked and must be more by now). The IDF blog website has been hacked by Anonymous, unfortunately. I´ll post a separate thread on that in a moment.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Shucky, 11/18/2012 4:36:11 PM     (No. 9022472)

The leftist democrat who wrote the story obviously thinks that an Israeli Jew´s life is worth a lot less than $40,000.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Momma Walton, 11/18/2012 5:17:25 PM     (No. 9022527)

Just think of all Israel is losing in tourism, which I am sure accounts for much of their income.

I personally took a trip to Israel after my first year of employment and it has been and will always be the highlight of my life. The Bible came alive and the respect I gained for the Jewish people, of course, knowing Jesus was a Jew, and that was His homeland.

God bless the Jewish people and I pray for their survival and even rebounding again and again, thanks to their faith and values, which we, in the US, could use/emulate!

The family values I witnessed there would put US to shame. They spent time together and appreciated each other, knowing God´s blessings and His promise to bless Israel and also, to all who blessed Israel, He would bless and those who cursed Israel, He would curse.

Time to stop and consider that it is God Himself who is cursing those who come against Israel, yet they continue to think they can challege Almighty God and win. Not too smart!

Pray for Israel and receive God´s continual blessings now in this life and God´s promise of eternal life to all who accept/receive Jesus as their Messiah/Lord/Savior.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/18/2012 5:29:46 PM     (No. 9022541)

It seems an important piece of that information has bee ignored in the posts. That info is--- Dick Clark WH adviser and ABC reporter has just told the Muzzies that the system can´t eliminate hundreds of the 500 dollar missiles thrown at them at once.
Gee thanks Obie your media is still at work
helping your Muslim brotherhood.
Yeah and Obie tried to force Bibbie to tell him if and where Israel has nukes and got stonewalled.
Many American Jews seem to have a lingering collective guilt over the 6 million Jews murdered in WW2 while they didn´t lift a hand that makes them wish Israel gone and forgotten.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: philemon1967, 11/18/2012 6:04:40 PM     (No. 9022579)

I remember when SDS or some leftist organization on campus was ridiculing the Reagan Star Wars program in the late 1980´s during my college days. They thought it was a pipe dream then but for all the grass the Bill Ayers-types were smoking, they didn´t have the imagination or foresight that any anti-missile missile system would work.

I know Iron Dome and the SM-3 missile system will probably not work as well for intercontinental ballistic missiles, which would be coming almost straight down and still be lethal after its destruction particularly if it is a nuke, but the tech works fine if you can intercept the ICBM in the boost phase as it is climbing up to cruising altitude. Probably, a very high energy laser may work better if it could hit the ICBM before it descends but the radiation dispersion in the environment, though less lethal in the short term than the blast damage, would still be destructive in the long run.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: rexhandsom, 11/18/2012 11:18:42 PM     (No. 9022917)

REMEMBER The Lefty´s saying.............. you will never be able to hit a bullet with a bullet. Teddy and his lefty buddies....

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/19/2012 12:09:48 AM     (No. 9022956)

Maybe they should wipe out the gold dome on the other side of the Wall to get their attention.

We would do well to have Bibi instead of the Won. G-d protect Israel and the Jewish people.

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GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal


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