Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday called for the Iron Dome rocket-defense system to be recognized as a national emergency project.
Barak said that classifying the Iron Dome as such will allow him to request the acceleration of plans to operate and deploy additional batteries of the systen and complete the development and deployment of the Magic Wand, an additional system which would provide an added layer of defense against projectiles."We must ensure that the system will be deployed in the shortest time period possible in order to provide all of the state's citizens worthy protection against the threat of rockets and missiles, in the North as well as in the South," Barak stated.
Barak added: "The great success of the Iron Dome in intercepting rockets fired at Israeli cities in the last two days contributes to the security of Israel's citizens and to the freedom of the leadership to act to create deterrence."
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