Two Palestinian rockets land near Sharon funeral site

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Two rockets were fired Monday near where the funeral for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had just concluded, officials say.
Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon buried next to second wife

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon buried next to second wife

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried on his ranch near the Gaza border Monday in a military sendoff to one of Israel's most controversial leaders.

Israel moves closer to anti-missile shield with Arrow 3 test

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Israel's latest test-firing of its high-altitude Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system marks a major step toward the Jewish state's plan to build a multi-layered missile defense shield against everything from Iranian intermediate-range ballistic weapons to humble home-made rockets built by Palestinian militants.

Israel deploys Iron Dome in South

BEERSHEBA, Israel, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Preparing for a possible escalation in rocket fire from Gaza, Israel deployed Iron Dome missile batteries near Beersheba, Sderot and Ashdod, the army said.

Report: Israel gets ready for 'short, sharp war' against Hezbollah

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's generals are preparing for a decisive -- and probably brief -- war against Hezbollah, one of its most implacable foes, in which it plans to smash the Iranian-backed Lebanese movement's military power, a new study says.
U.S. to boost Israel defense missile funding by $173M

U.S. to boost Israel defense missile funding by $173M

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers have approved boosting funding for Israel's missile defense program by $173 million in fiscal 2014 as the Jewish state's military establishment draws up a new defense doctrine to protect cities from Hezbollah's growing missile arsenal.

Israel moves closer to missile defense shield

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Israel, alarmed that a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement will leave its security exposed, has moved closer to consolidating its multi-layer missile defense shield with the successful interception of a short-range ballistic missile by its David's Sling system under development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the U.S. Raytheon Co.

Israel test fires missile interceptor

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Israel conducted a successful test fire of the David's Sling missile interceptor air defense system Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said.

Israeli women seek combat positions

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- There has been an increase in the number of Israeli women seeking to serve in combat roles in the military, data indicate.

Military: Israeli airstrike takes out underground launcher in Gaza

JERUSALEM, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Israeli military, responding rocket attacks from Gaza, launched airstrikes and hit two underground rocket launchers Monday, military officials said.

Budget cuts may halt Israel's Arrow 3 missile defense project

JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Budget cuts may halt the development of Israel's Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system, capable of thwarting long-range Iranian missiles, officials warn.

Israel starts campaign to boost U.S. military aid

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- With Israel's 10-year military assistance agreement with the United States due to expire in 2017, the Jewish state's military chiefs are already pushing for annual U.S. aid to be increased beyond the current $3.1 billion, even though America's struggling with an economic crisis.

Israel's missile makers move toward U.S. production deals

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, one of Israel's leading defense companies, and the Raytheon Co. of the U.S. are reported to be seeking to integrate the jointly funded Israeli-made Stunner air-defense interceptor missile into an advanced version of the U.S. Patriot system.

Netanyahu bolsters Israel's cybersecurity

BE'ER SHIVA, Israel, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the dedication of a new cybertech center his country is building an "iron wall" fit for the 21st century.
Israel says 'low probability' of Syrian attack as U.S. prepares strike

Israel says 'low probability' of Syrian attack as U.S. prepares strike

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Israeli military officials Wednesday downplayed the probability of a Syrian attack in response to potential U.S. strikes on the regime's forces.
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Iron Dome
An Israeli soldier walks near the Iron Dome, a new anti-rocket system, stationed near the southern city of Beersheba, Israel, March 27, 2011. The Israeli Defense Force deployed the $200 million Iron Dome system in response to dozens of rockets fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza in the past weeks. The Iron Dome is meant to protect Israeli towns from rockets fired from Gaza. UPI/Debbie Hill

Iron Dome (Hebrew: כיפת ברזל‎) is a mobile air defense system in development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells. The system was created as a defensive countermeasure to the rocket threat against Israel's civilian population on its northern and southern borders, and was declared operational and initially deployed in the first quarter of 2011. It is designed to intercept very short-range threats up to 70 kilometers in all-weather situations. On April 7, 2011, the system successfully intercepted a Grad rocket launched from Gaza, marking the first time in history a short-range rocket was ever intercepted. On April 8 it made history again by successfully intercepting 3 rockets from the same attack.

During the 2006 Second Lebanon War, approximately 4,000 Hezbollah-fired rockets (the great majority of which were short-range Katyusha rockets) landed in northern Israel, including on Haifa, the country's third largest city. The massive rocket barrage killed 44 Israeli civilians and caused some 250,000 Israeli citizens to evacuate and relocate to other parts of Israel while an estimated 1,000,000 Israelis were confined in or near shelters during the conflict.

To the south, more than 4,000 rockets and 4,000 mortars were fired into Israel from Gaza between 2000 and 2008, principally by Hamas (see rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel). The overwhelming majority of rockets fired were Qassams but Hamas has expanded its range through the introduction of 122-mm Grad launchers smuggled into the Gaza Strip. Nearly 1,000,000 Israelis living in the south are within rocket range, posing a serious security threat to the country and its citizens.

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