- In English they call it the "Iron Dome" in
Hebrew they call it the "Iron Kipa" which could also be translated
as 'Iron Skullcap' or even 'Iron Yarmulka'*. Seemingly the Israelis love
to mix iron with God.
- The Iron Dome, Kipa or Yarmulka is the new Israeli guided
missile system. It is there to stop rain of rockets from falling over
Sderot, Ashkelon or Tel Aviv. According to Haaretz, "the defense establishment
this week successfully intercepted a barrage of rockets for the first time
using the newly developed Iron Dome system".
- The new Israeli invention uses small guided missiles
to blow up Katyusha-style rockets. Israel plans to station the first working
unit outside the Gaza Strip next year.
- I can only praise the Israelis and their scientists for
their creative imagination and their survival instincts. It is possible
that this 'Iron Dome' is exactly what we need in order to turn Israel and
Zionism into history once and for all.
- The tactic is very simple indeed: while mortar shells
cost just a few dollars, guided missiles cost many thousands more. While
Palestinian mortar barrages can be launched from every corner in occupied
Palestine, Israel will have to deploy its newly invented Iron Kipa over
its borders and around its towns. Every home-made Palestinian mortar shell
or Qassam Rocket could easily exhaust the Israeli economy and the military's
human resources. Moreover, from now on, thanks to the Iron Kipa, the war
with the Palestinian resistance can take place in the sky rather than
in Palestinian cities and villages.
- But there is one more hidden implication entangled with
the new kosher defense system. If the Israelis do possess the means to
protect themselves from Palestinian mortars and any ballistic capacity,
then Israel cannot justify its occupation of the West Bank any more. Haaretz
has described it in very clear words. "Iron Dome's success" says
the Israeli paper, "could improve the prospects of Israel eventually
ceding the West Bank land to the Palestinians, as Israeli officials have
said that any withdrawals should be conditional on the deployment of a
reliable defense against rocket attacks."
- It seems as if the Israelis are really excelling in shooting
themselves in the foot. Don't ever under estimate the Zionist brilliance
and Israeli innovation in particular. Once again the Israeli engineers
proved that they know how to transform the Kipa into Iron and vice versa.
- *Yarmulka - a skullcap worn by religious Jews (especially