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Iron Dome is not a panacea

So far, the Iron Dome batteries installed in the Negev have missed most of the missiles fired at Israel and were not used against mortar barrages. The distances are too small for the Dome to react reliably, the number of batteries is too low to achieve saturation level, and the cost of interceptors is too high to use them against probable targets.

The Iron Dome’s operation confirmed our expectations: after it intercepted a Grad rocket fired at Ashkelon, IDF did not retaliate as it would usually do when large population centers are targeted. That led to escalation because the Muslims saw that they could score PR points with impunity.

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