Iron Dome missile defense system saving Israeli lives

Iron Dome missile defense system saving Israeli lives

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Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted scores of rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel. (Source: FOX) Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted scores of rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel. (Source: FOX)

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER (FOX) - The United Nations is calling for an Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire.

All 15-members of the Security Council approved a statement that calls for the de-escalation of violence and the restoration of peace.

That came as Israeli leaders call for full-force efforts to end the Hamas rocket attacks.

On the outskirts of the Israeli city of Ashdod in an otherwise ordinary looking field is the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system.

It has intercepted rocket fire from Gaza.

On Saturday alone at least 60 rockets have been fired by militants into Israel.

The Iron Dome system has proven to be 90 percent effective, and on Saturday Israel put in an eighth battery into operation.

No doubt the system has saved countless lives.

Israel also is preparing for a possible ground invasion of Gaza.

About a hundred yards from the Gaza border are Israeli tanks, armored bulldozers as well as APCs already in position. There are also of course Israeli soldiers.

It is likely that if there is a ground incursion the troops would be the first to enter into Gaza. A top priority for any Israeli soldier who enter Gazas would be to destroy the launching devices that are used to fire rockets.

Soldiers are preparing now if they do get the call to enter into Gaza. A debate is taking place in Israel. It involves the politicians, the political arena as well as the military. They're trying to determine if in fact a ground incursion is the best way to go. Some have argued that continuing the air campaign would be far more effective or certainly equally effective and would not result in as many casualties.

As that debate continues the soldiers continue to prepare to enter into Gaza and cross the border.

So far more than 120 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed. The majority, Palestinian officials say, are civilians. But a diplomatic solution might be on the horizon. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now a peace envoy, is in Egypt meeting with officials there trying to broker some type of cease-fire.

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