I'd love to see an "iron dome" missile take out one of those Islamist terrorist (Yeah, El Presidente, I'm honest enough use that word!) rockets. They have to have one Hell of a control algorithm to make the intercept so quickly.
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
Free registration at the HaAretz site will get you 10 articles a month. Here you go: (there was also a link to a video of rockets being intercepted by Iron Dome)
Tel Aviv's latest celebrity: An Iron Dome battery
Country's fifth missile protection system draws curious onlookers to the blue-collar Hatikva neighborhood.
By*Gili Cohen*|*Nov.17, 2012 | 11:20 PM*|*
They always said Tel Aviv was disconnected [from the rest of the country]. Now the Iron Dome system has burst that bubble," said one of the residents of Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighborhood.
On Saturday morning, the country's fifth Iron Dome anti-missile system was positioned in that area. Rumors that the battery had arrived spread like wildfire, as has happened every time a system was put into position during previous escalations.
Neighborhood residents couldn't have been indifferent if they'd wanted to, since the new arrival brought a wave of photographers and reporters.
"You can't imagine how many photographers are here; you'd think [model] Bar Rafaeli were here naked," a neighborhood girl told her brother by cell phone. "This is better than Bar Rafaeli naked," remarked another resident. Once the fifth battery received its operational orders Saturday morning, it was capable of identifying, monitoring and shooting down any rocket approaching the central region. While the Israel Defense Forces believes Hamas
and the other Islamic movements have only a minimal number of long-range rockets, they do have them. And the battery's first rocket interception proved that the Dan Region is indeed under threat.
The pilgrimage to the site gradually increased. There were local cyclists who mostly seemed annoyed that their bike paths had been appropriated, parents who usually bring their children to play on this spot of grass, and of course, the merely curious.
"The fact that the Iron Dome is here makes me somewhat less nervous," said Mor Habani, 29, who came with her younger siblings and cousins, all neighborhood residents, to greet the soldiers accompanying the anti-missile battery. "What can you do, we've been having rocket sirens. It had to happen eventually, as it's been happening in the south," she said.
More and more residents came to get a look at the two launchers. Many were dressed in their Shabbat clothes and were returning home from morning prayers. "It's great to see soldiers near us," said an older woman who had come with her husband to get a look at the battery. "See how things have suddenly changed?" she added, with a half-smile. "Tel Aviv has become part of the front. At least we're protected."
The Iron Dome crews appeared used to being a media attraction. "Isn't that the photographer from Israel Hayom?" asked one of the female soldiers assigned to guarding the battery. At that moment, she seemed more occupied with holding back the photographers who had come to see it. "It's like a pilgrimage," she said. Habani said her family usually walks their dogs in the area every Shabbat morning, but this time they decided to set up a table of food for the soldiers. With sweets, salads, and an improvised lunch, they sought to celebrate both the Iron Dome and Shabbat.
Shortly afterward, we saw a horse-drawn wagon approaching, carrying two residents wearing Bluetooth devices so they could report on the Iron Dome from the field. They had only one request of one of the air force officers stationed at the site.
"Commander, please protect us. We can't have the horses upset by the noise," one said.