IIsrael’s defense ministry announced on January 8 that it had achieved a technological breakthrough in the development of lasers capable of intercepting rockets and anti-tank guided missiles. According to Jerusalem Post, Brig. General Yaniv Rotem, chief research and development director of the Ministry of Defense, called this new technology a “game changer” and “the weapon of the future”.
Israel has been working for more than 10 years on the development of laser technology to intercept various threats. Rotem said that over the years Israel has carried out a number of successful interceptions on various targets, including mortar shells, drones and anti-tank missiles.
Rotem said: âWe are entering a new era of energy warfare in the air, on land and at sea. R&D [research and development] investments made by SD [Directorate of Defense] R&D in recent years has placed the State of Israel among the leading countries in the field of high energy laser systems.
Dubi Oster, head of the DDR & D optronics department, called the new system a “dramatic solution to rocket fire.”
While most efforts in laser technology over the years have been ineffective, the collaboration between Israeli defense firms Rafael and Elbit Systems with the Defense Ministry has led to the recent breakthrough. According to Oster, a complex algorithm combines multiple laser beams into a single powerful beam, about the diameter of a coin, capable of eliminating various aerial threats.
The new iron beam, as it is called, “makes the security apparatus deadlier, more powerful and more advanced,” Israel’s new Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said on January 8. ground and air vehicles to protect troops, in addition to its primary purpose of complementing Israel’s other air defense systems.
Operational at approximately 7 kilometers, the Iron Beam specializes in targeting objects too small for the Iron Dome to successfully intercept them, such as artillery, drones, mortar shells and anti-tank guided missiles. This new system adds a crucial fifth layer to Israel’s air defense shield.
Haaretz wrote that Israel’s Iron Dome advanced anti-missile system “can be saturated by launching a number of rockets at the same target”, which will allow some rockets to pass.
According to the Israel Defense Forces annual report, there were 1,295 documented rocket hits from the Gaza Strip in 2019, the highest number since the summer of 2014, when 4,500 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel during the Gaza war. Of those rockets fired last year, 729 landed in open areas and 478 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. This means that 88 rockets passed through the defense system.
The iron beam would enhance Israel’s short-range interception, ideally creating 100% invulnerability against rocket fire.
While Iron Dome interceptions save millions of dollars in property damage, each of the 10 Iron Dome batteries currently deployed in Israel costs around $ 100 million, and each interception missile launch costs at least $ 50,000. The Los Angeles Times reported, âIsrael has coped with generous financial support from the United States, which has given Israel over the past decade approximately over $ 1 billion to cover Iron Dome. “
While the Iron Dome is very cohesive, it is also incredibly expensive to operate, a problem the Iron Beam hopes to solve. According to the Defense Department, while the new laser has a higher initial cost, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, since each interception costs only pennies, the system would eventually become profitable.
âDuring a war, the missile interceptors will run out at some point, but with this system, as long as you have electricity, you have an endless supply,â Rotem said, adding that because it works with electricity, each interception only costs a few dollars, unlike interceptor missiles which can number in the thousands.
According to Israel’s Defense Ministry, throughout the year, the iron beam will undergo a series of tests to demonstrate its capabilities. If effective, the system will be immediately deployed in the Gaza border region in southern Israel.
While missile interception technology has made Israel virtually invulnerable to enemy rocket fire, it has also created the country’s greatest vulnerability.
The Achilles Heel of Judah
Israeli missile systems are incredibly complex. Intercepting missiles requires precise instruments and incredibly precise calculations. Many of these systems rely on computer technology. If those computers stopped working, so would Israel’s missile defense.
Notice a quote from Collection of information from Cheltenham, England, by Joseph de Courcy: â[E]every computer has a ‘backdoor key’â¦. No computer system is completely secure, or nearby. â¦ Computer addiction is the Achilles heel of the Western world, and within a few years this weakness could be fully tested â(March 20, 1992).
Watch Jerusalem editor-in-chief Gerald Flurry quoted this in his 1999 article titled “America’s Achilles Heel.” He said that âwe have a very vulnerable point in our army – our own Achilles heel. It is so dangerous that I am amazed he did not receive more publicity.
News of Gaza firing hundreds of missiles and most of them being intercepted has become normal. Due to Israel’s advanced missile interception technology, these few hundred missiles are simply ignored. If Gaza had fired a few hundred rockets at Israel two or three decades ago, there would have been war. But the success of the missile interception has blunted the reality of the situation.
What if Israel could no longer intercept incoming rocket fire? Suddenly, the threat seems much more dangerous. As far-fetched as it sounds, this is a realistic scenario.
Computer terrorism is on the rise, especially in Iran, a country doomed to destroy the Jewish state of Israel. After the assassination of Quds Force Cmdr. Qassem Suleimani, United States Today called a possible Iranian cyberattack a “real threat”.
In addition to cyberterrorism, electromagnetic pulse weapons could essentially grill the entire Israeli network.
At last year’s CyberTech conference in Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that despite the nation’s focus on cybersecurity, Israel’s technological systems were “considerably vulnerable” to cyber attacks. Netanyahu sees this missile defense system as a two-edged sword. He said: âIran attacks Israel daily. And these attacks will only increase in severity.
Israel is the dominant military and technologically advanced power in the Middle East. But the Bible reveals this as a weakness.
Jeremiah 17: 5 says, “Cursed be the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm.” Israel does not trust God, but its own military might and technological advances to defend itself. It trusts its missile interception capabilities, its iron dome, or “walled cities” (Hosea 8:14). This blind trust will bring about its downfall.
God warns Israel in Deuteronomy 28: âAnd he will besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fenced walls collapse, in which you trustedâ¦â (verse 52). Israel will be besieged by its enemies. No technological progress will be able to protect it. Only God can protect Israel.
God promises that he will deliver Israel again. Notice Hosea 1: 7: “But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God, and I will not save them with the bow, nor with the sword, nor with the sword. battle, neither by horses, nor by riders. . âThis prophecy is for Israel in the end time (Hosea 2:21). God promises to save Israel once more, but not by his own military might or technological advancement. God said he would take away his power from them. military (Hosea 1: 5) The Messiah will come in all might, glory and divine might to establish a new world government (Daniel 2: 44-45), save Israel, and establish his capital in Jerusalem forever.
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