Excerpts: Iron Dome success. Death sentences for anti-Islam video November
+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon) 30 Nov.’12:”U.S., Israel Hail Cooperation on
Iron Dome Defense System”
SUBJECT: Iron Dome suuccess
QUOTE:”U.S. Defense Minister Panetta:’Iron Dome does not start wars.It helps
FULL TEXT:The U.S. and Israel on Thursday[29 Nov.] hailed the performance of
the Iron Dome defense system during the recent Gaza conflict, with
Washington stressing its continued "strong commitment" to the program.
The much vaunted Israeli anti-missile system played a prominent role in the
eight-day confrontation between the Jewish state and Gaza-based militants
that ended with a November 21 ceasefire deal.
"Iron Dome really changed the landscape of the conflict and enabled us to
act forcefully within a short time frame," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud
Barak said, at a Pentagon news conference with his U.S. counterpart Leon
Due to the system, "only 55 rockets out of the 1,500 ended up falling in
urban areas," he said in reference to Gaza rocket fire, noting that about 85
percent of the interceptions succeeded.
It was "extremely successful" against salvos of rockets and in extrapolating
their trajectory, avoiding the "wasting" of a missile on a rocket headed to
an uninhabited area, Barak added.
"The very knowing of the other side that you have such an effective system,
especially when it will be equipped with many more interceptors -- it will
change the balance of contemplation on the other side," he said.
"That's created a kind of logical kind of deterrent."
Panetta, meanwhile, assured Barak that Washington's "strong commitment to
Iron Dome will continue" and that the Pentagon will work closely with
Israel's defense ministry to "ensure that we are making the necessary
"Iron Dome performed, I think it's fair to say, remarkably well during the
recent escalation," Panetta said. "Iron Dome does not start wars. It helps
The United States have already spent $205 million to finance the system and
have announced an additional contribution of $70 million in May. Israel, a
major U.S. ally, receives about $3 billion in U.S. military aid each year.
Each Iron Dome battery has a radar detection and tracking system, a firing
control system and three launchers for 20 interception missiles. Each has a
range of between four and 70 kilometers (2.5 and 44 miles).
In part, Washington also finances other Israeli anti-missile systems: Arrow,
to counter ballistic missiles, and David's Sling, for medium-range rocket or
Source Agence France
+++SOURCE: Saudi Gazette 29 Nov.’12: Anti-Islam film: Egypt gives death to
SUBJECT:Death sentences for anti-Islam video
QUOTE: A court here (Cairo) sentenced to death seven Egyptian Christians
tried in absentia for participating in an anti-Islam video. . . and
prompted violent protests in Muslim countries”
FULL TEXT:CAIRO — A court here Wednesday[28 Nov.] sentenced to death seven
Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participating in an anti-Islam
video that was released on the Internet in September and prompted violent
protests in Muslim countries.
“The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion
through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam
and its Prophet (peace be upon him),” Judge Saif Al-Nasr Soliman said.
The low-budget video, produced privately in California, denigrated the
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and triggered anti-US protests and attacks on
Western embassies around the Muslim World.
The convicted persons included Egyptian-American Nakoula Bassely Nakoula,
who is currently serving a one-year-jail term in Los Angeles after an
American court convicted him of probation violations that stemmed from his
role in the movie.
During the trial, the judges were shown clips of the film and footage of
Muslim protesters in Libya outraged by the film, the official MENA news
Egyptian courts usually hand out the maximum punishment — execution in this
case for a blasphemy verdict — and send the decision to the state’s top
Islamic scholar to get his approval, which is always granted. If the
defendants do return to Egypt, they could get a new trial.
Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church did not comment on the ruling. “It is a court
ruling and the Church does not comment on court decisions,” said a Church
source who asked not to be named. — Agencies
Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA