The only pleasant news from the latest Israel-vs.-Hamas cage fight was the success of Israel’s new Iron Dome missile defense system.
Iron Dome doesn’t kill people, just missiles that kill people. And unlike many touted high-tech wonders, it actually appears to work. At $40,000 or $50,000 a copy, the interceptors are expensive, but the system sorts out which incoming rockets are likely to hit people and targets only those. The intercepters aren’t wasted on glorified bottle rockets.
It may have averted an Israeli invasion of Gaza. Had the jihadist rockets killed more than a handful of people, Israeli public outrage could have pushed the government into unleashing the tanks.
Sometimes the best defense is a good defense.