Duck and Cover

Study: Effective civil defenses in Israel town have greatly reduced deaths via terrorist rocket attacks
Hamas members hold up a replica of a Qassam missile in a demonstration / AP

JERUSALEM —An effective civil defense system has cut casualties in Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip by 86 percent, according to a study led by professor Edward Kaplan of Yale University’s School of Management.

Obama: Abbas Has ‘Consistently Renounced Violence’

Abbas celebrated terrorists as ‘heroes’
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House / AP

President Barack Obama welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House on Monday in a bid to rekindle a fledgling peace process that has all but collapsed under Palestinian rejection and a massive influx of terrorist rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.

Israel Seizes Gaza-Bound Rocket Shipment from Iran

A rocket is seen on a ship seized by the Israeli navy in the Red Sea

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip, the military said.

Laser War

Israel unveils laser defense system to shoot down short-range rockets
An Israeli soldier is seen next to an Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery / AP

JERUSALEM—Israel has unveiled a laser defense system that it says will be able to shoot down rockets and artillery shells with a high-energy beam.