Israel unveils new anti-missile systems, long-range UAV

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Israel has completed testing on Elbit Systems' SkyShield that protects commercial aircraft against surface-to-air missiles, one of a trio of advanced military systems the Jewish state has unveiled in recent weeks.

Israeli mayor says end to gas mask distribution plan shortsighted

JERUSALEM, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The government needs a plan to give gas masks to citizens, says the mayor of an Israeli town who charges a decision to end distribution is shortsighted.
Kerry turns blind eye to West Bank terror

Kerry turns blind eye to West Bank terror

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- An idiom originating more than two plus centuries ago -- from an act of courage in meeting an enemy threat -- applies to an Obama administration choosing to ignore one.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Israel to help India develop missile defense shield

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Israel will reportedly collaborate with India, one of its key arms customers, to develop an integrated missile-defense system intended primarily to counter Chinese nuclear and conventional missiles.

Fears grow of new Israeli assault on Gaza amid rocket attacks

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- There are growing concerns Israel may soon unleash a new punitive operation against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after the military reported a dramatic increase in rocket attacks in January.

Terror group based in Sinai claims responsibility for attack on Israel

EILAT, Israel, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The terror group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, based in Sinai, claimed responsibility Saturday for a rocket attack on Israel.

Israelis urged to prepare for battlefields dominated by robots

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Israel's military planners and high-tech defense industry must accelerate development of robotic and unmanned systems that will dominate the future battlefield, eliminating the need for large armies with fighter jets, tanks and warships, a new study says.

Israel to start Arrow 3 production although key test still to come

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries are so confident that the Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system will be able to destroy hostile missiles in space they're reported to be planning to start production even before flight testing has been completed.

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attacks

ASHKELON, Israel, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Israeli air force attacked four suspected terror targets in the Gaza Strip after five rockets were fired at Israel, the army said.

Israel's Rafael and Raytheon to co-produce Iron Dome

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel's second largest state-owned defense company, is reported ready to start co-producing its Iron Dome anti-missile defense system with the Raytheon Co. of the U.S., consolidating an alliance that's already developing the Stunner interceptor missile of Rafael's David's Sling system designed by Rafael.

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.
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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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