“Iron Dome,” created by Nati Dinnar and directed by Uri Bar-On, is a new three-part documentary series that details the untold story of Israel’s secret weapon, and the world’s most miraculous missile defense system.
Here are the top seven things we learned from this series:
1. Between 2001 to 2004, rockets were fired from Gaza into the Israeli city of Sderot.
The city is located less than one kilometer from the Gaza Strip, which means it takes a matter of seconds for a rocket to land. The government did not take the threat seriously, much to the disappointment of the city’s mayor at the time, Eli Moyal.
2. In June 2004, the first death casualty from a rocket was a 4-year-old child who died while walking with his mother near his kindergarten.
When Brigadier General Danny Gold heard about young boy’s death, he decided to search for a defensive solution to protect the citizens from the falling rockets.
3. The first protection element was the “Color Red” siren warning system, which alerted the residents when to seek shelter.
Even though the city set up more shelters, the siren only gave them a 15-second warning before rockets would land!
4. Although Danny Gold managed to illustrate a potential solution for intercepting rockets in the sky, the IDF generals did not approve his project right away.
The Israel Defense Forces did not believe in operating defensively, but rather wanted to attack the threat with offensive weapons, which is why they initially opposed a budget towards developing Gold’s defense system.
5. During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hezbollah fired 4,000 rockets to all of Israel’s northern cities.
Although Israel’s Minister of Defense at the time, Amir Peretz, was a resident of Sderot, the Second Lebanon War and one of his bodyguards getting severely injured made him decide the Iron Dome project needed to be pushed forward.
6. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems won the bid for the Iron Dome project.
And they promised it would be finished and operational within just three years!
7. The development of Iron Dome was financed fully by Israel…
But U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration actually funded most of the batteries and the thousands of missiles that were used since 2011. Each Tamir missile costs $50,000!
Enjoy the three-part documentary series Iron Dome, exclusively on IZZY!