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Iron Dome, Human Shields, and the Real Problem [video]

Iron Dome isn't a solution, its a symptom of the problem.
An Iron Dome Missile Battery near Tel Aviv on the first day of Operation Protective Edge, July 8, 2014.

An Iron Dome Missile Battery near Tel Aviv on the first day of Operation Protective Edge, July 8, 2014.
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As Israel enters its 3rd day of the war with Gaza, it once again becomes apparent that Iron Dome is the problem.

While I’m sure the IDF’s secular ethical committee that came up with the concept of “Taharat HaNeshek” (Purity of Arms) had good intentions, but the end result is what we see now – an IDF shackled by lawyers and a confused morality that not only prevents us from decisively winning any wars, put actually lengthens our wars, increases the dangers to our own citizens and soldiers, and gives the enemy plenty of time to develop their ability to attack us.

In the videos below, we see how easily Hamas has learned how to exploit the IDF’s self-imposed weak spot.

When Gazan terrorists want to try to avoid being killed (always) they merely grab a child, ask civilians to go into a building, launch a rocket from a children’s playground…. And the IDF will do nothing (unless sometimes, when the attack is absolutely imminent).

Hamas openly calls for civilians to do this, and in many cases, it is completely voluntary on the civilian’s part, as they see themselves as doing this as their part of the war against the “Zionists”.

One of Hamas’s military command center is in a bunker underneath Shifa hospital (ironically, built by Israel for the safety of the Gazan population). This isn’t a secret. But the IDF isn’t about to attack a hospital, even if that would end the war, or significantly hamper Hamas’s ability to attack Israel.

By the way, all you need to do is watch the video of Gazan civilians cheering, to know that many happily give Hamas their support against Israel.

So to deal with the self-imposed problem created by “Taharat HaNeshek”, Israel invented the Iron Dome, which allows the government to become complacent about actually winning.

“It’s OK, we have time now,” is the thinking.

Israel can absorb the inconvenience.

Sure rockets are flying at us, but most rockets don’t get through, certainly not to Tel Aviv, and that reduces the IDF’s and the government’s urgency to go out and actually win fast and win decisively.

So between the IDF’s self-imposed doctrine of avoiding civilian collateral damage at all costs, and the lack of urgency to win, we are left with rockets flying over our heads for days, weeks, months, and even years on end, when the reality is that key strikes, as ugly as they may be in the short term, would end this war and these attacks for a long time.

As unpopular as this might sound, nothing would be better for Israel than if Iron Dome would actually stop working, as then the IDF, and more importantly, the Israeli government, would be forced to think about these attacks on us from a healthier perspective.

Iron Dome isn’t the solution, its a symptom of the problem.

About the Author: JoeSettler blogs at The Muqata.blogspot.com and occasionally on his own blog at JoeSettler.blogspot.com.


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6 Responses to “Iron Dome, Human Shields, and the Real Problem [video]”

  1. Yes Islam defeats us through our weaknesses like thinking civilians should not be killed. Islam kills our civilians and we try to avoid their civilians. We are weak as well because we ignore the fact that every Muslim, according to the Quran and Sharia are fighters in the Jihad. So Islam has no true civilians.

  2. This kind of thing brings overconfidence and less than optimal responses from the politicians and the public. Iron Dome has destroyed many missiles, but by no means all of them. The solution is the destruction of the enemy. This was true thousands of years ago…AND is still true today. The Arabs perceive less than optimal power against them to be weakness, and it emboldens them to continue the struggle.

  3. Somehow, I don’t think that it we didn’t have the Iron Dome we’d be better off – it would just mean more Israeli casualties because the IDF would still be hamstrung trying to avoid Gazan casualties. They would still be letting them know in advance of the bombings, etc. and they would still have the human shield problem.

  4. The problem is letting them know in advance of our intentions.

  5. The problem is letting them know in advance of our intentions.

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