has grappled with the idea of hostile Islamic theocracies like Iran
weapons and long range missiles. The country has been hard
at work at missile defenses, which it now brags are virtually
impenetrable. But the small nation has another
new weapon up its sleeve, to prevent a missile threat -- texting.
According to newly
released information from the Israeli government, eViglio
and Ericsson will be contracted to construct a new system which will
send SMS text alerts to citizens who might be in the area targeted by
an incoming missile.The system will reportedly cost around
$7M USD.The messages will come in multiple languages (Hebrew,
English, Russian, Arabic and Amharic). They may also be
broadcast to TVs, radios, websites and "billboards".
eViglio and the government brag that the system will be the first
such SMS alert system that will detail how regions will be affected
by an incoming assault based on their geography.The system
may also double to provide citizens with information in event of a
natural disaster, such as a hurricane or earthquake. Manmade
threats are not the only dangers the small nation faces. Israel
historically has suffered a major earthquake every 80 years and it
overdue for one.If you live in Israel (or are visiting)
you might want to keep those phones charged and keep an eye on them.
After all, while most hope for a new and lasting security for Israel,
history would suggest otherwise -- be the threats manmade or
natural.In the meantime Israel and its U.S. defense
contractor allies are hard at work on both groundand air
weaponry to keep a step ahead of its would-be attackers.
The nation is also working to improve its architecture, which is
reportedly ill-prepared for a major earthquake event.