Iron Dome Saves Lives

Iron Dome Saves Lives

Since being deployed in 2011, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has drastically reduced the impact of rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. With a 90% success rate, Israel’s Iron Dome protects Israeli citizens from physical and psychological injury and helps preserve Israel’s vital infrastructure.

While the technology to operate Iron Dome is pricey, with each interceptor costing between $50,000 and $100,000, the benefits far outweigh the cost—and the alternative is frightening to consider. Since 2011, Iron Dome has intercepted thousands of rockets fired at Israel by Iranian-backed terrorists. In fact, just days after being declared operational, Iron Dome intercepted a rocket fired at Israel from Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

In Israel’s conflict with Hamas in May 2021, Iron Dome intercepted 90% of 4,300 rockets fired by Hamas terrorists at areas in Israel that posed the most threat, such as population centers. Likewise, in August 2022, when Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired over 1,000 rockets at Israel in less than 72 hours, Iron Dome intercepted over 340 of the rockets headed towards civilian areas, with a 96% success rate. Without this missile defense system, the damages incurred by terrorist attacks to Israel’s land and people would be catastrophic.


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