Last week Congress authorized an additional $205 million in military aid to Israel to help them build up a short-range missile defense system. This defense system, Iron Dome, was created following the 2006 war with Hizballah, during which time Hizballah fired somewhere around 4,000 rockets into Israel. The system was designed to use guided missiles to shoot down mortars and rockets from Southern Lebanon and Gaza. President Obama proposed the plan last week, asserting his administration’s “unshakeable commitment” to Israel’s security.
But is this missile defense system merely for defensive purposes? A number of scholars and journalists have suggested that Israel may be preparing to wage another war against Hizballah. And in April, King Abdullah of Jordan, addressing Congress, warned that a war between Israel and Hizballah is “imminent”. (more…)