IAF official defends Iron Dome operators' decision to fire

Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the head of the Israeli Air Defense Command, said operating the Iron Dome system on Sunday was not a mistake, stressing that even though no rockets had been fired into Israel, the potential threat was enough to justify the firing.
A rocket being launched from Gaza Photo credit: Yossi Aloni, Flash 90

A day after the Iron Dome system fired about 20 projectiles into the air following red alert sirens caused by a Hamas military drill in Gaza, an Israeli Air Force official says the firing was the right thing to do.

"The Iron Dome operators acted professionally and with good judgement after (the system) identified the machine gun fire as rockets targeting Israeli towns bordering Gaza," said Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the head of the Israeli Air Defense Command.

"Whenever there's a dilemma regarding a potential threat, we don't take even the smallest of risks," he said. "The cost of the projectiles is not a consideration. The response time in these kinds of incidents is about five seconds."

On Sunday evening, machine gun fire from the Gaza Strip triggered red alert sirens in multiple locations surrounding the Strip. The IDF later stated that no rockets had been fired into Israel.

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