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vminfla Donating Member (992 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 04:25 PM
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IDF Prepares to Deploy 'Magic Wand'
The IDF is in the final stages of laying the groundwork to deploy the "Magic Wand" missile defense system in central Israel.

According to security officials, Hamas and Hezbollah possess medium-range missiles capable of striking at Israel's central regions, which could potentially be intercepted by Magic Wand. The use of such rockets, should another conflict erupt, is considered a near certainty by most defense analysts.

But critics of systems like Magic Wand say, despite their proven operational success, that they are tactically defensive weapons which only mitigate - rather than remove - the strategic threat posed by stockpiles of rockets in terrorists hands.

Concerns have also been raised that reliance on such systems, rather than aggressively pursuing the elimination of strategic threats, presents a weak strategic posture and could lead to complacency among Israel's political echelons vis-a-vis Israel's necessary strategic depth in terms of maintaining defensible borders.

Let's hope this defensive measure will save lives.
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