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Can technology solve Israel's Hamas problem?

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14 January 2009 15:11

Some of you might be wondering why Israel felt it necessary to first bomb and then invade Gaza in order to stop Hamas rocket attacks. Why couldn't the Israelis simply shoot the incoming rockets down?

Israel already has a two-tiered missile defence system, designed to shoot down large, longer-range missiles fired from Syria and Iran. Ballistic missile defence is hard enough, but shooting down the small, crude rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah is in some ways a more difficult technical proposition, as missile defence expert Victoria Samson explains in layman's terms here.

Still, Israel is working on such technology, though as this recent Jerusalem Post article explains, the proposed 'Iron Dome' system is still some time off and won't be perfect anyway. But even a system that knocked out half of the rockets Hamas fired in the current conflict might have shifted Israel's decision-making calculus away from a costly invasion.

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