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Opening Arguments

Friends of Israel

Hey, let's see if I can tick off everybody today. First off, Ronald Reagan was right, you know:

Israeli interceptors have eviscerated the Iranian-supplied Hamas missiles heading for population centers. Chalk up an important strategic and technological win for missile defense.

The Jewish state’s Iron Dome system was conceived after the 2006 war with Lebanon, when nearly 4,000 Hezbollah missiles killed 44 civilians in northern Israel; it was deployed only last year. Missile defenses have had vocal doubters since Ronald Reagan championed them in the 1980s, and Israeli critics focused on the price—around $50,000 for each Tamir interceptor—and supposedly dubious reliability. The last week ends that debate.

And let's give credit where it's due:

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the Obama administration deserves some credit for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system, which has protected Israelis during the rocket assaults that have taken place in the last five days.

“The president and Congress here are entitled to, I believe, a lot of credit for providing that system to Israel,” said Levin, D-Mich., on ABC’s This Week. “It’s a very effective system.”

President Obama secured $70 million for the Iron Dome program earlier this year, which was part of a bill he signed that expanded military cooperation between the U.S. and Israel.

Finally, I never would have thought I'd say a kind word about Kim Kardashian, but, hey, hang in there, Sweetheart:

On Friday, Kardashian, a reality television star, tweeted, “Praying for everyone in Israel.” Instantly, nasty responses followed her support for the Jewish state. From attacks against Israel to personal slurs against the star, the comments and proclamations were harsh to say the least.

“Further enhancing your reputation as a dumb porn star,” one read. A separate message alleged that Kardashian is a “disgrace” and that she needs to “educate” herself. One particularly vicious “fan” told the star “just kill yourself.” And yet another condemned Israel, claiming that the nation “will be destroyed along with all the Jews…”

Comments

Harl Delos
Tue, 11/20/2012 - 11:29am

I think it was CNN we were watching ast week when the Chyron scroll said Israel forces head to Gaza.

The 16-year-old sitting next to me asked why Israel was forcing a head into Gaza.  She's blonde, but on second thought, I decided there's a Chyron operator in Atlanta with terminal blonditude as well.

gadfly
Wed, 11/21/2012 - 5:46am

The unbalanced economics of using a $50,000 interceptor to shoot down a single $700 Iranian Fajr-5 rocket will encourage dragging as many of these rockets as possible though the Philadelphi Road tunnels at Gaza's border to the Sinai.  Come to think of it, the rockets may now be carried in unimpeded at the Rafah border crossing  now that the Muslim Brotherhood is in control.

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