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The Arrow missile, seen here during its launch, successfully intercepted a ballistic missile that simulated Iran's most advanced possible future warhead. Israel says it's ready to shoot down nukes and traditional missiles from Iran and others.  (Source: AP)
"Bring it on," says Israel

While the 90s saw a time of relative peace, with the Iraq war and the escalate tensions with Iran, Israel is staying alert and preparing for any kind of assault.  The Israeli Air Force just wrapped up the 17th test of its new missile defense system and is confident that it can now shoot down any ballistic nuclear missiles that Iran or others could shoot at it.

The Palmahim Base launched an Arrow interceptor at a Blue Sparrow Missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet.  The missile was designed to mimic an Iranian Shihab 3 missile, the kind of missile that Israel expects Iran to potentially use as a nuclear weapon delivery platform.  The Blue Sparrow has a split warhead and advanced radar-evading capabilities.  While the Shihab 3 ballistic missile currently lacks these capabilities, it is believed that Iran is working to develop them.  The test was jointly conducted by the IAF and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

An integral part of the new missile defense system is its new Green Pine radar system.  This highly accurate radar system was deployed to the Negev Desert in 2008.

Brig.-Gen. Daniel Milo, commander of the IAF's Air Defense Division said that the test's success, despite poor visibility, was a testament to the readiness of the country's missile defense program.  He states, "The Arrow technology is always improving, and we cannot forget that the enemy is also advancing with its capabilities."

It is unclear how well the system will work against Iran's latest missile, though -- the Sajjil.  The Sajjil is Iran's first solid fuel rocket.  Solid fuel allows the rocket to have a much greater accuracy than the previous liquid designs.  The missile has a range of 2,000 km.  Iran also has a stockpile of several BM25 intercontinental missiles which it purchased four or more years ago from North Korea.

The Arrow is also exceptionally effective against the Syrian Scud D, which is capable of delivering traditional and nontraditional payloads to anywhere in Israel.  Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the test "another achievement for Israel on its way to obtaining a multi-level missile defense system, starting with the Iron Dome to defend against short-range rockets, and to the Arrow."

The Israel missile defense system helps provide valuable test data to help the U.S. develop and improve its own missile shield.  The U.S., like Israel, claims its missile defense shield to be active and ready to destroy any nuclear threat.

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RE: great
By William Gaatjes on 4/9/2009 12:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
Iran has signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel has not. "The IAEA has been able to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran, and is continuing its work on verifying the absence of undeclared activities. As recently as October 2007, IAEA Director General ElBaradei reported that IAEA inspections had not found any evidence that Iran was making nuclear weapons. Russia further said in November 2007 that it had not seen any evidence of Iran trying to build a nuclear weapon. In February 2008, the IAEA reported that all declared nuclear material remained accounted for." So basically, all the experts say that Iran is NOT building a bomb. The propaganda you see being spewed forth from the television is the EXACT same thing that was done for Gulf of Tonkin, WMD's in Iraq and most of the previous wars we have been involved in. Judging from our track record I'm pretty sure years from now it will come out that oh....Iran really wasn't trying to make a bomb. As for them making a bomb, they have a neighbor (Israel) who has shown that it can be very aggressive and WILL target civilians according to their very own troops:


To make it worse, Israel can and will use any weapon available. It's still concurrent tribes fighting like 2000 years and longer ago about religions. And when it comes to nuclear arsenal. Israel has a big pile of it's own. It started in 1959. They sure tricked the USA then :). Israel just removed the entrances to the lower nuclear research levels, placed bricked walls and a little paint and the US observers did not no anything for a while. It was kind of convenient tho, the israel nuclear weapons program around the sixties and Lyndon Johnson approved everything israel wanted after kennedy's death...

RE: great
By TerranMagistrate on 4/9/2009 6:40:18 PM , Rating: 2
With hostile nations at very turn for the Israelis, what else would you expect?

And these hostilities mainly stem from the genocidal hatred for Jews in Islam morso than an issue of land.

RE: great
By hadifa on 4/9/2009 8:24:55 PM , Rating: 2
...stem from the genocidal hatred for Jews in Islam..

Yeah Medieval Europe treated them greatly in the tortures of the Inquisition, the flames of the auto-da-fe, the pogroms up to the Holocaust.

They fared much better in Islamic countries than in christian ones for centuries.

Even under Ottoman Empire they would raise to Ministerial roles

It's not like most of the Islamic rulers were just and pious -they were mostly non-Muslim in everything but name- but for the most part, they shared the injustice equally regardless of religion.

History of the Jews in Turkey

Golden age of Jewish culture in Spain

RE: great
By William Gaatjes on 4/10/2009 12:02:23 PM , Rating: 2
I always wondered why there is so much hatred for the jewish people. We are all people some good, some bad. And religion does not make someone a better person or a worse person. It's because people with extreme right wing or extreme left wing idea's that cause problems. Extremists, the magic word. Extreme executing of a religion is one such example. Extreme execution of a political conviction is another example.

A Dutch comedian Youp van het Hek once said :

Niet nadenken, mee doen.
Niet meedenken, na doen.

Rougly translated it means :

Do not think for yourself, just join.
Do not think together, just copy the behaviour.

That pretty much sums it up.

RE: great
By TerranMagistrate on 4/10/2009 9:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
Let me assure you that there is nothing "extreme" about this aspect of Islam, which may come as a surprise to many. It is found in the texts considered most holy in this particular religion. It all comes down to whether a follower is pious or not and whether the interpretation is literal or not.

RE: great
By William Gaatjes on 4/11/2009 2:39:47 AM , Rating: 1
A wise word :

Never take any religous book literally !
In the most optimistic scenario it is a history book descripting history. And old ways of man do not fit the modern age.

A sidenote...

Since there are jeiwsh people here i have a question :
I do wonder why jewish religious people claim one cannot be a jew if the mother was not jewish.

The only biological explanation i can think of is that
mitochondria are only passed on by the mother and not the father. But i do not see jewish people live longer or having less disease or being more strong. They are the same as any other person.

The only difference i see is what i also see with asian people. Supporting the children in their education and keeping business in the family.

RE: great
By BrightMoon on 4/11/2009 8:19:26 PM , Rating: 1
I do wonder why jewish religious people claim one cannot be a jew if the mother was not jewish.

In here:

It seems to answer your question. As for a "biological" explanation: If you only have a Jewish father, you can't be sure if the child is really his...

RE: great
By William Gaatjes on 4/12/2009 4:14:42 AM , Rating: 1
The Torah does not always state every law explicitly. In the case of Matrilineal Descent, the practice is derived from Deuteronomy 7: 4, "Because he will lead astray your son from before Me" To understand this verse, look at the preceding verse, which states: " And you shall not intermarry with them, your daughter you shall not give to his son and his daughter you shall not take for your son". Verse 4 should have stated "Because SHE will lead astray your son", for the non-Jewish girl that your son married ('your' meaning Jewish) should be the one that would lead your son astray. So who is the 'HE'? It might be the girl's father, but in general, women leave their father's house and live in their husband's house; they would then not be living with her father. Hence, it would not make sense for the girl's father to lead "your son" astray if your son doesn't live with him. The Rabbis concluded that 'HE' is the man that your daughter married, and 'your son' mentioned in verse 4 is your grandchild, meaning Jewish grandchild. Thus, verse 4 is referring back to the middle section of verse 3. It reads like this, "your daughter you shall not give to his son because he will lead astray your son" This shows that the child of a Jewish girl and a non-Jewish boy will be Jewish. It is not uncommon for the Torah to refer to a grandchild as an actual child. For instance, Kings I 15: 11 states, " And Asa did that which was correct in the eyes of God just like David his father". David was not Asa's father. He was his great-great-grandfather. Additionally, Leviticus 24:10 speaks of the son of an Israelite woman and an Egyptian man as being "among the community of Israel" (ie, a Jew). On the other hand, in Ezra 10:2-3, the Jews returning to Israel vowed to put aside their non-Jewish wives and the children born to those wives . They could not have put aside those children if those children were Jews.

Assuming these texts are correct, i have the following to write :

The only thing i see here is the concurrency between tribes. Do a little research and you will find that waaaay back in time there where many jewish tribes all having their own version of religion. And before that you had the sun worshippers. I do find it strange, at least 20.000 years of sun worshipping and from 1 moment to the other we have these "god created the earth first 6000 year ago" religions. Even in Texas they are planning to teach these ideas again on school.

I find it extreme. Islam or Jew, If i would hypothetically speaking meet such a girl i would probably not even be allowed to marry her because here religion would not allow it. I would have to turn to that religion as well. That is extreme and discriminating enough for me. Now these are not the only religions that force people to be seperate but you understand what i mean.

As for a "biological" explanation: If you only have a Jewish father, you can't be sure if the child is really his...

That kind of proves the point of not being together because of love but forced to be together because it is good for the 2 joining families increasing their wealth and influence. It is typical tribe behaviour. A practice still common in the middle east (and in some aristocratic cases in the west as well)is prearranged marriage or in some rare cases forced marriage. Now i would not be surprised that in the past this was pretty common. You where forced to marry someone you do not love. Hence the chance of people commiting adultery increases significantly. Kind of easy to debunk all these sacred rules. These sacred rules are based on psychology, nothing more.

On a sidenote, The woman gives all of her cell cytoplasma including mitochondria because of the egg. The man only passes on his chromosomes and on a very rare ocassion some mitochondrial dna with his sperm cell.

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