Rockets versus Missiles in the Second Gaza War

Washington Institute

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The second Gaza war was the largest trial of the Iron Dome rocket interceptor system to date. Hamas and other Palestinian groups launched nearly 1,500 short- and medium-range rockets and missiles against Israeli cities during a week of conflict, including for the first time at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, thoroughly testing the country’s active and passive defenses. By all appearances, Iron Dome and the other elements of the system performed very well, though some have questioned this assessment.

To discuss the available evidence and the lessons learned from the conflict, The Washington Institute invited Uzi Rubin to address a Policy Forum luncheon in Washington on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

Uzi Rubin, president of the defense consulting firm Rubicon Ltd., was founding director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization. In that capacity, he oversaw the Defense Ministry’s Arrow missile interceptor program from 1991 to 1999. In 1999-2001, he served as senior director for proliferation and technology in the Israel National Security Council.

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