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US, Israeli missile experts report Iron Dome’s success rate as low as zero

Press TV – March 21, 2013

As American President Barack Obama hailed the ‘resounding success’ of Israel’s Is US-financed Iron Dome antimissile system on the first of his tour there, missile experts have newly unveiled that Iron Dome’s success rate during the regime’s November war on Gaza was as low as zero.

While Obama used his Wednesday’s tour of an Iron Dome installation, “celebrating a technological wonder built with the help of American dollars” and seeking to showcase US support of the Zionist regime, there was no mention about the “intensifying debate” on whether the promotion of the system’s success rate was “more illusory than real,” says a The New York Times article on Thursday.

Contrary to Israeli claims that Iron Dome’s success rate in destroying incoming Palestinian rockets during the regime’s massive military strikes against the blockaded Gaza strip was 90 percent, studies by weapons experts in the US and Israel suggest that the anti-missile system “destroyed no more than 40 percent” of the rockets “and perhaps far fewer,” the report emphasizes.

Many rockets, they argue, were “merely crippled or deflected” but not destroyed as claimed, allowing intact or dying rockets to fall on populated areas.

Following the wildly exaggerated claims by the Israeli regime about Iron Dome’s success rate, the US Congress also described the system as “very effective,” pledging an additional USD680 million for deployments through 2015.

According to the report, Richard Lloyd, a weapons expert who has written a critique of Iron Dome for engineers and weapons designers, and Theodore Postol, a physicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who helped reveal major Patriot antimissile failures in 1991, analyzed new videos on the performance of the Israeli anti-missile system and found that Iron Dome “repeatedly failed to hit its targets head-on.”

“It’s very hard to see how it could be more than 5 or 10 percent,” the report quotes Dr. Postol as saying.

Moreover, the daily adds, Mordechai Shefer, an Israeli rocket scientist formerly with Rafael, Iron Dome’s maker, studied about two dozen videos and, in a study published last month, “concluded that the kill rate was zero.”

Meanwhile, the paper underlines, Iron Dome’s performance is the key to a potential Israeli decision whether to take military action against the Islamic Republic as it has repeatedly threatened, hinging on its estimate of possible retaliatory costs, “including damage inflicted by rockets fired from southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip,” not to mention Iran’s own long-range ballistic missiles.

Amid the growing anxiety over any Iranian retaliatory strikes on Israel in case of an American or an Israeli attack against the country, as often threatened by officials of both allies as a ploy aimed at pressuring Tehran into abandoning its right to explore peaceful nuclear technology, “the Israeli public saw Iron dome’s (reported) early successes” against rocket fire from Gaza “as proof” that it can tolerate retaliatory strikes, the report adds, citing Israeli antimissile program’s founder, Uzi Rubin.

Following the Gaza cease-fire last year, the report notes, Lloyd began scrutinizing “hundreds of online videos of Iron Dome in action,” looking for “unambiguous signs of success: pairs of fireballs (at night) or smoke clouds (during the day) that formed as speeding fragments blew up a warhead.”

However, “he found very few,” the daily adds, citing Lloyd.

Lloyds method of video analysis won scientific backing during the 1991 US-led Persian Gulf war against Iraq, as the American military boasted that its Patriot interceptors, built to protect Israel against potential missile attacks by Iraqi dictator at the time Saddam Hussein, had succeeded 96 percent of the time.

MIT scientist, however, “analyzed broadcast videos and found only misses,” according to the Time’s report.

In Israel, meanwhile, Lloyd won support from Reuven Pedatzur, a military analyst and former fighter pilot “long skeptical of his country’s antimissile claims,” who found an Israeli police report saying that 109 rockets launched from Gaza – roughly twice the military’s figure – hit urban areas.

Pedatzur further discovered “evidence of wide destruction” inflicted by rockets fired by Palestinian Hamas militants. A Finance Ministry report registered 3,165 claims of property damage, “including to cars and buildings in cities like Ashdod and Beersheba, both protected by Iron Dome battalions.”

March 21, 2013 - Posted by | Deception, Militarism | , ,

2 Comments

  1. Most Jews do not like to admit that your God is Lucifer…….and you are his chosen people….”

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    Comment by B.Benhamid | March 22, 2013

  2. Just another ploy of earths demons to lie, deceive, and trick the unsuspecting. They all know, in their hearts they belong to evil and GOD is certainly NOT that. If I make statements on other blogs, I am deleted. No matter to me.. I have made my stand, and they KNOW me….as they ‘know’ all of Almighty Gods ‘chosen’ ones.. those who ‘chose’ to come down to earth in HIS stead…to ‘them’ we are ‘in their way’ of life. As I have said before… the non holy bible was bastardized from the true Word of God. However, and this is the big kicker… if we search for the truth, with every fiber of our being, we will find truth. The ‘god’ they claim has ‘chosen’ them is themselves.Narcissistic, egotists, liars, murdering, thieving thugs who were literally ‘thrown out of heaven’… and THAT, my friend was the ‘beginning’ of this planet. The rest is plain bull manure. LIES. God cares NOTHING of what they do or say. HE has the last word, and THAT is why they live on the edge… in stark terror… because they KNOW HIM. Everything they do and say has a hint of truth, and they fill in the rest of the blanks with LIES. They are on the verge.. they know what the true bible says… they read it… and then hid it.. under the evil vatican.. they thought for sure it was going to be before now, hence the evil mayans ‘prophecy’..and the ‘edge of the cliff’ mania. Now they are ‘hoping’ it won’t happen because they ‘know’ from reading the hidden bible it should have happened before the year 2013. They should be smarter than that… but evilness is not intelligent… only cunning and deceitful.. God KNOWS what He’s doing and He will do ‘it’ (what they dread) soon. We have lived our entire life time in the ‘end’ days. But time means nothing to our wonderful Creator. He knows exactly what He is doing… and He has been doing ‘it’ since ‘they’ murdered HIS wife and baby boy. Fret not… it is upon us. Question.. why hasn’t is ra el attacked Iran already? Because they KNOW that Iran is going to DESTROY them. By Gods hand….not human. A discerning heart can read that also in Isaiah. Their ‘iron dome’ will prove as worthless as lying evil barry soetoros cast iron million $$ armoured cadillac. (He had it flown to is ra el and it broke down.. had to be towed back to the plane..) So much for his ‘safety’. There is NOTHING that is bigger that GOD, and NOTHING will stand in HIS way. I have seen HIM many times do many miracles for me, as I have been beaten by the evil ones, and He will blow everyones mind. Unbelievable is my God. I have known HIM … in hell and on earth.. and will know HIM again in Heaven.

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    Comment by Spiritwoman1213 | March 22, 2013


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