by Janet Phelan, The News Doctors:
Recently published reports of the failure of Israel’s much touted Iron Dome missile defense system highlight the peculiarly self-destructive relationship between Israel and the United States.
The reports questioning the success rate of the Iron Dome were issued by Robert Lloyd, a weapons scientist with Tesla Laboratories, which is a defense contractor in Virginia and Ted Postel, an MIT professor. Both reports call into question the purported 90% success rate of the Iron Dome missile defense system and suggest that the actual success rate of the system in intercepting and destroying incoming rockets is actually far lower. If true, this would indicate that the Iron Dome is not only a massive failure but also a studied deception.
The Iron Dome was developed and manufactured by Rafael Defense Systems, an Israeli based defense contractor. Subsequent funding has been provided by the United States. It has been in use since 2011.
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