LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Israel defense can’t be solely technological

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“Gaza militants fire large rocket barrage at Israel” (Web, March 12) reported that of the “20 rockets” fired from Gaza into Israel on March 12, eight rockets struck populated areas while three that would have hit populated areas were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

While it is wonderful to be able to intercept any missiles, and all Israelis are grateful to the United States for its financial assistance in developing Iron Dome, the fact that Iron Dome was unable to stop eight of the 11 rockets heading toward populated areas underscores the hazards of relying too heavily on technology to stop terrorists.

According to recent news reports, the Obama administration has been trying to coax Israel into withdrawing from the strategically important Jordan Valley by promising that the region “would be fortified with high-tech fences, electronic senors and unmanned drones, to protect Israel from attacks.” Fences, sensors and drones cannot fully protect Israel any more than Iron Dome can. It’s no wonder most Israelis are convinced that in the end, the presence of Israeli troops is their best protection against hostile forces.

MOSHE PHILLIPS

President

BENYAMIN KORN

Chairman

Religious Zionists of AmericA

Philadelphia

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