|An Iron Dome missile battery|
The problem with Iron Dome is not technical but economical. Each Tamir missile is estimated to cost between $35,000 and $50,000, while each crude Palestinian rocket could not cost much more than a few hundred dollars. The Tamir is created in advanced laboratories with state-of-the-art components; the Palestinian rockets are made in clandestine workshops with antiquated hardware. For each interception, the Palestinians effectively impose a cost on Israel something like 100 times their own. Without the threat of aggressive retaliation by the IDF, it seems Iron Dome could actually invite more rocket attacks. Israel clearly leads the world in this kind of defensive technology but I do not see their rocket problem being solved with technology alone.