IDF deploys Iron Dome battery outside Beersheba

Mofaz: Israel can’t hide behind missile defense system; PM: True answer to missile attacks is aggressive deterrence, preventive measures.The IDF is preparing for an increase in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip as it expects Palestinian terror groups will try to test the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system, which was deployed on Sunday for the first time outside Beersheba.

Brig.-Gen. Doron Gavish, commander of the IAF Air Defense Division tried to downplay expectations from the Iron Dome, which he described as providing “good but not hermetic” protection.

“The protection provided to the city is good, but this is still an operational test stage and it is not hermetic,” Gavish told reporters, at the site of the battery near Beersheba.Gavish said that the deployment of the Iron Dome was part of the IDF’s wider strategy of using offensive as well as passive defensive means to combat Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza.

He said that despite the Iron Dome deployment, the public must continue to listen to the Home Front Command’s instructions regarding what to do in the event of a missile attack.Gavish said that the battery would be mobile, moving according to operational requirements, and the decision to launch interceptors would be made by commanders at the ba… >>>

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