Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried to lower expectations about the Iron Dome system Sunday, telling the cabinet that the system could not protect every house, school and army base in the country.
"Israel has been under the threat of missile attack for 20 years, since the first Gulf War. I don't want to create the illusion that Iron Dome, which we are setting up for the first time today, will prove a full or comprehensive answer," he said.
Netanyahu said that the Iron Dome system was still in its experimental stages. The true answer to the missile attacks he said was a combination of deterrence, preventive measures and the resilience of the government and the people.
In any event, Netanyahu said, Israel holds Hamas as responsible for anything that is fired from the Gaza Strip.