Hand of God’ prevents rocket from striking its target: Israeli Iron Dome operator says sudden gust of wind blew missile into sea when defence system failed
- The commander claims that the divine intervention stopped the missile
- ‘I witnessed this miracle with my own eyes,’ the commander
- Obama has signed bill granting xtra $225 million to the Iron Dome system
- Israeli officials say it has a success rate as high as 90 percent
An Israeli Iron Dome operator is claiming that he witnessed ‘the hand of God’ diverting an incoming Hamas rocket into the sea.
The commander claims that the divine intervention stopped the death of hundreds of Israeli citizens.
An Israeli Iron Dome operator is claiming he witnessed the hand of God’ diverting an incoming Hamas rocket into the sea
Israel Today translated a report from a Hebrew-language news site, which carried the man’s report after about an incoming rocket headed toward Tel Aviv last week.
The commander recalled: ‘A missile was fired from Gaza. Iron Dome precisely calculated [its trajectory].
‘We know where these missiles are going to land down to a radius of 200 meters. This particular missile was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers, the Kirya (Israel’s equivalent of the Pentagon) or [a central Tel Aviv railway station]. Hundreds could have died.
The defence system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Israeli officials citing a success rate as high as 90 per cent
‘We fired the first [interceptor]. It missed. Second [interceptor]. It missed. This is very rare. I was in shock.
The defence system has been highly effective in the current round of violence between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip – Israeli officials say it has a success rate as high as 90 percent.
The commander explains that with ‘just four seconds’ until the missile landed the military warned emergency services to be on standby.
‘Suddenly, Iron Dome (which calculates wind speeds, among other things) shows a major wind coming from the east, a strong wind that … sends the missile into the sea. We were all stunned. I stood up and shouted, ‘There is a God!,’ he said.
‘I witnessed this miracle with my own eyes. It was not told or reported to me. I saw the hand of God send that missile into the sea.’
On Monday President Barack Obama signed a bill granting an additional $225 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system
Iron Dome uses radar, advanced tracking technology and anti-missile batteries to follow the trajectory of an incoming rocket or mortar and determine if it is headed for a major population center.
If an urban area is threatened, interceptors are fired to detonate in the air in close proximity to the missile.
Projectiles not posing a threat are allowed to fall in empty fields.
The system targets short-range rockets with a range between two miles and 45 miles; interceptors cost as much $100,000 apiece.
Created by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Iron Dome has enjoyed strong U.S. technological and financial support.
On Monday President Barack Obama signed a bill granting an additional $225 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
The U.S. has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for Iron Dome in the past.
The new package is intended to replenish Israel’s capabilities.
Congress approved the money last week before lawmakers left for their annual summer break. Obama signed the bill in the late afternoon in the Oval Office with a handful of photographers present.