Why are Israeli companies pushing for a more robust defense policy?
It’s a question that’s been on my mind ever since I heard about a recent announcement by the IDF’s chief of staff, Gen. Benny Gantz, that Israel will invest an additional $100 million into its Iron Dome missile defense system.
“Iron Dome is an essential part of Israel’s defense,” Gantz said in his address at the start of the ceremony, which was attended by President Reuven Rivlin.
“We will keep it in the battle to protect Israel from rocket attacks.
We will continue to invest in its development.”
But what is Iron Dome, exactly?
Iron Dome is a small, inexpensive piece of equipment that shoots a small projectile at a designated area, in order to make it harder for an incoming rocket to hit.
Israel is also using Iron Dome to intercept incoming rockets from Gaza, the Palestinian enclave in the Gaza Strip.
While the system is not fully operational yet, the Israeli military estimates that the number of Iron Dome shots fired per day is around 15,000.
It’s not clear whether this is a trend or if there are more and more Iron Dome attacks happening each day, but Gantz is using the fact that Iron Dome has been effective in Gaza as an excuse to increase the size of the system and increase the number that it is able to defend.
In short, the system has not yet proven itself, and Gantz’s announcement could signal that the Iron Dome system will be in danger of failing.
But, as is usually the case in Israel, the Iron Dead Sea is the main obstacle that hinders Iron Dome from being fully effective.
As of June 2017, Israel had been using the system for nearly five years, but there was a serious glitch in its deployment.
In late 2015, a rocket fired from Gaza exploded near a military facility, injuring one soldier.
The next day, a different rocket landed near the military base, and a third landed just a few meters away from the military installation.
The IDF’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) then launched an extensive investigation to find out why the rockets were fired at the military site, which led to the discovery of another possible reason for the rocket fire.
A military official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, told The Electronic Intifada that Israel was using the Iron Dawn group as a front for illegal activity, in addition to the rocket launch that happened just after the investigation.
The JTTF was supposed to be conducting a thorough investigation into the incident, and was supposed for that to be completed by July 31.
Instead, in August of 2017, the military decided to deploy Iron Dome in a new location, at a military installation in the city of Eilat, the JTDF’s director of military operations, Lt.
Col. Shlomi Ben-Yishai, told Al Jazeera.
The move to deploy the system at Eilats military installation was apparently motivated by the fact it would have made it easier for the JTF to track the rocket launching.
Eilatts military installation is one of the most heavily defended sites in the country.
Eiliat has been in Israeli hands since the creation of Israel in 1948.
It is also the location of the notorious Eilatz detention center.
According to the military’s investigation, which covered a period from late 2013 to early 2017, it was clear that Hamas was using Eilatt to smuggle weapons and ammunition to Gaza.
At the same time, the report also revealed that Hamas had been building tunnels from Eilathas military installation to its other military installations.
According in the investigation, the tunnels were used to smuggled weapons and weapons supplies from Gaza to Eilatan.
This investigation was part of an investigation into “suspected Hamas tunnels” that the military was carrying out.
As the investigation continued, it came to light that Eilatta’s military base was also the site of a major smuggling operation.
According the report, Eilatron’s base is the site where Hamas had allegedly transferred the stolen weapons and munitions from Gaza and shipped them to Eiliats military base.
The military was reportedly able to trace the smuggling route through the tunnels.
However, it is not clear exactly how the tunnels came to Eilaat.
Some reports suggest that the smuggling operation was the result of an airstrike on a smuggling tunnel.
The report also mentions that there was an explosion near the Eilatos military installation, which is where the smuggling tunnels were allegedly located.
In May of 2017 the IDF released a report on the investigation into Eilata’s tunnel smuggling.
According it, the investigation concluded that Hamas, or its surrogates, was smuggling weapons and material from Gaza through tunnels into Eiliatt, and that the tunnels, including the tunnels that were discovered in Eilatom, were used by Hamas to smuggler in weapons and materials for Gaza’s terrorist activities.
This was also confirmed by the military in a report released in October 2017.
According an assessment, Hamas has been smuggling weapons from Gaza in the tunnels