Israel: 'Iron Dome' Has Taken Out 53 Rockets
But 200+ have gotten through, new Hamas rockets reach Israeli heartland
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2014 2:26 AM CDT
Updated Jul 10, 2014 7:49 AM CDT
Israeli soldiers drive an armored personnel carrier to a position near the Gaza border today.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

(Newser) – As Israel's Gaza offensive enters its third day, the nation says its Iron Dome missile defense system has thwarted more than a quarter of the wide variety of rockets being fired from Gaza—but while 53 have been stopped, more than 200 have gotten through, landing as far away as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel says Hamas has amassed a large stockpile of smuggled and homemade rockets, including Syrian-made M-302 rockets with a range of around 100 miles, the New York Times finds. Israel believes the M-302s, one of which reached the Israeli town of Hadera 68 miles away in the deepest-ever rocket strike from Gaza, were supplied by Iran, USA Today reports.

But while the M-302s are big and capable of striking the Israeli heartland with payloads of up to 320 pounds, they are still inaccurate. "The fact is that these are never going to be precise enough for the warhead to really matter all that much, unless it hits a target out of almost sheer accident," an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies tells Foreign Policy. Israel, meanwhile, says it has now hit more than 550 targets in Gaza. Palestinian officials say at least 61 people have been killed in Gaza, with one strike early this morning killing eight members of a family, including five children, Reuters reports.

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Jul 12, 2014 12:00 AM CDT
Israel wouldn't have a rocket to fire back if it wasn't for the US supplying arms--we are the suckers in this one.
Jul 11, 2014 4:14 PM CDT
Actually, there isn't an 'old map of Palestine". The term Palestinian is a new description of the inhabitants of the area. Came about in the 1900s. The British invented Palestine, Iraq, Syria etc- no history nor Biblical reference. There has been a lot of moving back and forth in the disputed area over the centuries and at the moment, Israel is there to stay. EXODUS is the ONLY solution.
Jul 10, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
My idea for resolution of this never ending conflict is -EXODUS. Seriously. Since the Arabs/ Muslims own 97.2 % of the Middle East, you would think that one of the nations could give the Palestinians an area of unoccupied land to let them start their own country. Be aware that Gaza is a ROCK PILE.There is NOTHING advantageous about it's location. Keep in mind that Israel's 'land' was essentially a rock pile too but through hard work and a lot of USA foreign aid, they have turned it into a livable, democratic society. I understand that there is an attachment to their properties but the Israelis will never move. A physical relocation is the ONLY answer and this solution requires cooperation and charity from the Arab/Muslim world and the usual contributions from the USA. As crazy and impractical as this may seem, it is the ONLY solution and it could be done. The world would cheer and support the Palestinians without limit.