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.
quote: The United States reacted with great vigor at Cuba being armed by the USSR. Other middle eastern nations have had the same concern at Israel's bolstered status.
quote: Not a country I'd mess with.
quote: USA and Israel can have them, but muslims nations can't. right.
quote: I don't even know why they are afraid of Iran. Just another cause to Pursue their own nuclear weapons. USA and Israel can have them, but muslims nations can't.
quote: But then again cowards couldn't do it. So now the moral of the story is, muslims are not gonna be deprived of nuclear weapons.
quote: So now the moral of the story is, muslims are not gonna be deprived of nuclear weapons. Israel itself well and truly knows, if they meddle with us we can literally wipe them out . I don't even think that Iran is a threat.
quote: Just because they are phsycho, doesn't give them license to do as they please.
quote: If Iran is smart, and it isn't, it won't so much as fart in Israel's direction. Tehran will be a crater.
quote: what you forget is that pres Ahmadinejad
quote: What's so stupid is that there are millions of Jews, Muslims, Arabs, Anglos, Africans, etc. all living peacefully within Israel's borders.
quote: Arab political parties The legal status of Arab political partiesAmendment 9 to the 'Basic Law: The Knesset and the Law of Political Parties', states that a political party "may not participate in the elections if there is in its goals or actions a denial of the existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, a denial of the democratic nature of the state, or incitement to racism." Although Arab parties have been repeatedly banned under this legislation, those bans have been overturned by the Supreme Court and the only party currently banned is the right-wing Jewish Kach party.An Israeli Central Elections Committee ruling which allowed the Progressive List for Peace to run for the Knesset in 1988 was challenged based on this amendment, but the committee's decision was upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court, which ruled that the PLP's platform calling for Israel to become "a state of all its citizens" does not violate the ideology of Israel as the State of the Jewish people, and thus section 7(a) does not apply.In December 2002, Azmi Bishara and his party, Balad, which calls for Israel to become "a state of all its citizens," were banned by the Israeli Central Elections Committee, for refusing to recognize Israel as a "Jewish democratic state" and making statements promoting armed struggle against it. The Supreme Court overruled the decision in January 2003. When, in December 2005, Bishara told an audience in Lebanon that Arab citizens "[...]are like all Arabs, only with Israeli citizenship forced upon them [...] Return Palestine to us and take your democracy with you. We Arabs are not interested in it," this was denial of the democratic nature of the state once more.In 2009, the Israeli Central Elections Committee banned two Arab parties from running in upcoming parliamentary elections. Arab MKs charged that the ban was motivated by anti-Arab racism while the CEC accused the Arab parties of incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist. The ban was later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court. 
quote: It's a common fallacy that WW2 pulled us out of the Great Depression. It didn't. Neither did the Iraq War pull us out of a recession. War is never good for an economy regardless of who is the attacker/attackee.
quote: Israel could plausibly deny it, and Iran would have nothing to retaliate with.
quote: 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:
quote: ...stem from the genocidal hatred for Jews in Islam..
quote: I do wonder why jewish religious people claim one cannot be a jew if the mother was not jewish.
quote: 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.
quote: As for a "biological" explanation: If you only have a Jewish father, you can't be sure if the child is really his...
quote: we are treaty bound to nuke Israel?
quote: Brig.-Gen. Daniel Milo… …He states, "The Arrow technology is always improving, and we cannot forget that the enemy is also advancing with its capabilities."
quote: Who are the real terrorists? That's easy, in the majority, it's the terrorists that are coming from the Middle East. In most part, they are uneducated religious Zealots who do not know any better. IMO, they do what they do because they have nothing consider the righteousness of their actions against except their own religion, and their own government's beliefs. They do not, and are incapable, of truly thinking for themselves. That is something that for the most part a Westernized education affords.
quote: The USA does not attack radically and without provocation. Nor does Great Britain, nor does France, nor does Spain, nor does Canada, nor does etc... The etc's are countries who's citizens are educated, and who's citizens are still not trying to fight a holy war.
quote: Solid fuel allows the rocket to have a much greater accuracy than the previous liquid designs
quote: Iran also has a stockpile of several BM25 intercontinental missiles which it purchased four or more years ago from North Korea.
quote: Israel Says It's Ready to Intercept Iranian Nukes
quote: Besides even if Iran did have nukes, why would they want to use them against Israel. I know there is a slight religious disagreement between them but its not like anybody would risk starting a war over trivial beliefs about god and other made-up stuff.