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The impact of Israel's success with the Iron Dome system




An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod in response to a rocket launched from the nearby Palestinian Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012. Sirens sounded across Tel Aviv for a fourth straight day, AFP correspondents said, as Israeli police confirmed two rockets had been intercepted over the city by the Iron Dome defence system.
An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod in response to a rocket launched from the nearby Palestinian Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012. Sirens sounded across Tel Aviv for a fourth straight day, AFP correspondents said, as Israeli police confirmed two rockets had been intercepted over the city by the Iron Dome defence system.
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Despite the new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the violence continues. The fighting is supposed to stop at 9 p.m. in Israel and Palestine. 

Earlier today, 22 people were wounded when a bomb exploded on a bus outside Israel's military headquarters in Tel Aviv. Hamas did not claim responsibility, but it praised the attack. As of now, 111 Palestinians have been killed since the conflict began, including 56 civilians. Three Israelis have been killed.

Israel has been able protect its civilian population with its Iron Dome missile defense system. This is the first major test of the system and it's getting high marks for its effectiveness.

Abraham Sofaer, a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, who studies national security, joins the show.