Stunning imagery has been captured throughout the week of Israel’s Iron Dome protecting its citizens from terrorist attacks launched by Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza.
“One particular image, captured by Anas Baba of the French news agency AFP shows the rockets launched from Gaza, drawing straight angular golden lines in the night sky,” The Times of Israel reported. “Iron Dome interceptor rockets are seen rising up in swirling fury, ready to bring them down.”
[📸 AFP – Anas Baba] pic.twitter.com/TKUI90V55a
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) May 14, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on President Joe Biden Thursday afternoon to show support for Israel by replenishing Israel’s stockpile of Iron Dome missiles.
“One of the real challenges Israel faces right now is their Iron Dome missiles,” Cruz said. “The interceptors are taking out these rockets one after the other after the other. I’ll tell you something Joe Biden could do today to show decisive presidential leadership. He could stand up and say we’re going to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missiles.”
“By the way, these missiles never are aimed at people,” Cruz continued. “They’re aimed at incoming rockets that are trying to murder innocent civilians. The Biden administration needs to act today to ensure that Israel has an adequate supply of iron dome missiles.”
Other photos of Israel’s Iron Dome that went viral online include:
— Eylon Levy (@EylonALevy) May 11, 2021
Iron Dome interceptions over Ashkelon tonight. More than 200 rockets fired so far towards Israeli civilians by terror groups in Gaza. Iron Dome interception rate>90%. Operation Guardian of the Wall continues. pic.twitter.com/6vDJA6enU3
— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) May 11, 2021
— Colm Smyth (@colmsmyth) May 12, 2021
Quite the picture. Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defence system intercepting rockets from Gaza
Amir Cohen/Reuters pic.twitter.com/8rsIfn1EyD
— Matt Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) May 12, 2021
Some of the videos of the Iron Dome that went viral include:
WATCH as the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepts rockets over southern Israel: pic.twitter.com/xUz3bMuTzz
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 12, 2021
All the Iron Dome videos out of Israel going viral tonight: pic.twitter.com/l27BzTD4zR
— Livefist (@livefist) May 11, 2021
We must always stand united in loudly and clearly condemning violence against our friend & ally, Israel.
Last year we once again supported Israeli security funding, and now the Iron Dome continues to save countless Israeli lives.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) May 12, 2021
Terrorists recently fired another barrage of rockets from Gaza toward the Israeli city of Ashkelon.
We intercepted the rockets with the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System, and are now striking Hamas terror targets. pic.twitter.com/5i87BRAgDn
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 10, 2021
Rockets by Hamas terrorists Vs Interceptors from Israel's Iron Dome (air defense system). pic.twitter.com/lsWW80fnzB
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) May 12, 2021
RAW FOOTAGE: This is the moment the Iron Dome intercepted a barrage of rockets over Tel Aviv and central Israel. pic.twitter.com/8jl8OTgWCl
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 11, 2021
The Iron Dome is built by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which describes the system as “the only multi-mission system in the world that provides a combat-proven defense solution for countering rockets, artillery & mortars (C-RAM) and PGMs for land and sea.”
The company adds:
The system operates day and night and in all weather conditions, including low clouds, rain, dust storms or fog. Iron Dome protects cities, towns & strategic assets, maneuvering forces, as well as ships. Iron Dome can handle multiple threats simultaneously and efficiently.
Iron Dome is economical, as it enables effective selective handling of critical threats aimed at a predefined defended zone thus reducing unnecessary interceptor launches. The system uses a unique interceptor with a special warhead that detonates the target warhead in the air. If the estimated trajectory of the airborne threat is headed towards the defended zone, a command is given and an interceptor is launched against the threat Iron Dome is highly mobile, and can be configured to defend an urban area, a Forward Operating Base (FOB), or troops on the move. Iron Dome can be integrated onto most Off-The-Shelf vehicles, and is roll-on-roll-off transportable on most transport aircraft.
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