Iron Dome is a technological marvel, a cutting-edge weapon of war that even some pacifists might come to love. Instead of killing people, Iron Dome saves them — by intercepting rockets loaded with explosives before they can land on innocent civilians. And it does all this in less time than we’ve just spent explaining it. The system was developed by Israel, with hundreds of millions of dollars of support from U.S. taxpayers. It’s been called “a game-changer,” that might relieve military pressure on Israel and make it easier to achieve peace in the Middle East — and that was something we decided we had to see for ourselves.
Over the past 11 years, more than 15,000 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel by Hezbollah in Lebanon, and by Hamas in the Gaza strip. Until recently, the only thing Israeli civilians could do was run for cover but in the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas late last year, some people stopped running and tried to get some good pictures because this time when Hamas fired rockets from Gaza at Israeli cities, Iron Dome fired missiles to intercept them in the sky before they could do any damage on the ground. You’re looking at an Iron Dome missile on its way. You can’t see the Hamas rocket it’s going after, but watch how the missile will adjust its course to get close to the Hamas rocket and blow it up.
Read and watch the CBS report HERE.