Hamas Uses Terror as Domestic PR

Palestinians forced to flee following failed rocket attack
Iron Dome intercepts one of hundreds of rockets fired on Israel by Hamas (AP)

Jerusalem—Hours after Hamas sent volleys of rockets at Tel Aviv, the Israeli Defense Forces today advised Palestinian residents of a neighborhood in northern Gaza to evacuate because the Israeli Air Force intended to carry out a massive attack in the area.

House Lawmakers: More Money Needed for Israeli Missile Defense

Bipartisan duo asking for boost in funding to Iron Dome
In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, the Iron Dome defense system fires to intercept an incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, Israel. (AP)

House lawmakers are petitioning their colleagues on a key appropriations committee to significantly increase funding for several joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs that they say are key to the Jewish state’s defense.

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.

The Dominant Dome

Israeli scientist verifies success rate of Iron Dome missile defense system on eve of Obama visit
Israeli Iron Dome battery / AP

JERUSALEM – Claims made by an American scientist that Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system downed only five to 10 percent of rockets fired from Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense last November, and not more than 80 percent as Israel claims, were refuted yesterday by the former head of Israel’s anti-missile development program.

Rockets Raining Down on Israel

New video shows Palestinian militants firing shells into Israel
Smoke trails off rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip towards Israel, Oct. 24, 2012 / AP

A video posted to YouTube on Sunday claims to show a Palestinian militant group launching 107mm rockets into Israeli territory late Sunday as violence along Israel’s border ramps up after months of relative calm.