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  12/9/2007, Kislev 29, 5768

Shielding Homes or Rocket Defense?


According to Maariv, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his cabinet will have to decide in the upcoming months whether or not to provide protective shielding for homes and other buildings targeted by Gaza terrorists in rocket attacks.  The price of protecting every home within seven kilometers of Gaza would be an estimated 1.5 billion shekels, while the price of protecting every home within 15 kilometers would be between five and 5.5 billion shekels.  Officials have expressed concern that the shielding may not be effective, as terrorists in Gaza already possess rockets with a 15-kilometer range and are working to obtain longer-range rockets. 

The alternative, according to Maariv, would be to leave the houses without shielding and fund the development of a rocket defense system instead.  While Israel has defense systems allowing it to shoot down larger long-range rockets, the small, short-range “Kassam” rockets preferred by Gaza terrorists are able to slip past existing defense systems.