Jerusalem Report

Who’s afraid of missile defense?

Missile defenses are most likely to continue to fulfill a prominent role in Israel’s strategic approach to both conventional and nuclear threats.

Who’s afraid of missile defense?
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Missile defense systems are geared to protecting a state’s civilian population and/or strategic targets from a missile or rocket attack; they are designed to detect, track, intercept and destroy in flight rockets and missiles fired by the enemy.

With Hamas and Hezbollah threatening the country with short and medium range rockets, and with the threat of a nuclear Iran still far from being neutralized, Israel’s need for such systems seems obvious. Israel’s defense strategy, at least regarding conventional threats, is twofold: Enhancing its missile defense umbrella and ending any future military clash as quickly as possible through heavy retaliatory strikes.

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