The Iron Dome missile defence system was voted Israel’s all time top innovation in a competition organised by the Ministry of Economy in honour of Israel’s 70th Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) celebrations. The Iron Dome is a missile and rocket interception system developed in 2007 by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries. Since its deployment, the system has intercepted more than 1,700 missiles and rockets fired at Israel, almost entirely by the Hamas terror organisation from Gaza, although it has also downed mortar shells in the Golan Heights and intercepted rockets fired from Lebanon.
I believe the Iron Dome is just another example of how God has His hand of protection on Israel. When one considers how God has protected His nation since its miraculous rebirth in 1948 and in four major Arab-Israeli defensive wars (1947-49), 1956, 1967, and 1973, it is hard to refute God’s involvement. All of these battles involved a miraculous element for Israel to win.
In the first critical weeks after the British left the region and Israel declared its independence, the combined Arab armies of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Trans-Jordan, Iraq, and contingents from Saudi Arabia and Yemen faced a small Jewish militia with three tanks and five artillery pieces. Their intent was clear: “Destruction of Israel”. Israel had no air force and until arms were rushed in from abroad it relied on the only strengths it had: 70 years of social solidarity and a belief that God had given them this land. Israel’s citizens also understood that defeat meant the end, period.
Against all odds, Israel prevailed, it was undoubtedly miraculous but came at a high cost, 6,000 Israeli’s killed and 15,000 severely wounded. This was out of a total population of 600,000.
In June of 1967, the combined armies of Egypt, Syria,, and Jordan attacked Israel with the clear purpose expressed by Egypt’s President, once again: “Destruction of Israel”. These combined armies had approximately 465,000 troops, more than 2,880 tanks and 810 aircraft. Israel was totally outnumbered on all fronts and yet once again won miraculously. It regained in a Jubilee year territories of East Jerusalem, West Bank, Sinai and the Golan Heights, clear evidence of God’s involvement. Want to read about “Miracles of the Six Day War” go onto the internet and be encouraged by the numerous amazing accounts.
The Arab objective of to eradicate the Jewish State has not changed, and we know from Biblical prophecy, that it will not change until Jesus returns and destroys the United Nations army that would have destroyed Israel except for His intervention.
Iron Dome received 28 percent of the 115,000 votes cast in the online competition titled “70 Great Blue and White Inventions.”
The Iron Dome registered a 90 percent success rate during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.
“During its years of existence, Israel has become a world power in everything related to technological and scientific innovation,” said Minister of Industry and Economy Eli Cohen.
“I am sure that the Israeli characteristics, including original thinking, boldness, rapid adaptation to changing conditions and the ability to circumvent obstacles will help us to continue to bring to the world Israeli innovation,” he added. “There is no dispute that the inventions that have just been chosen by the public as leading inventions are excellent examples of Israel’s ability to provide solutions to significant challenges, inspire the entire world and are a national pride for Israel.”