Day and night
“We will do everything to allow you live normal lives”
“The results of the interceptions over the past few weeks have been quite satisfactory” As part of Operation “Protective Edge”, hundreds of rockets have been fired on Israeli territory. Soldiers from the “Iron Dome” batteries that have been dispatched across the country work tirelessly to protect the citizens of Israel. “We will do everything to complete the mission and ensure a normal life for the residents of Israel”
This morning, the second day of Operation “Protective Edge” began, but for the soldiers of the “Iron Dome” batteries, the war has been raging for three weeks now.”Following the kidnapping of the three boys, we arrived in the south in order to protect its residents from rocket fire from the Gaza Strip”, explains Major Tal Naaman, commander of the “Dores” battery, which protects the Ashdod city area and has carried out many interceptions over the past day and the days preceding.
Since the beginning of the operation, hundreds of rockets have been fired on southern and central Israel and soldiers operating the “Iron Dome” system have been working around the clock to intercept any mortal threat to the residents of the State of Israel. “Our soldiers do what is asked of them with great pride”, adds the battery commander. “At times like this, the immense importance of the active defense mission we are executing becomes clear”.
Day and Night
The interceptors, who man the BIMC (Battery Interception Management Center) day and night, are the ones responsible for ensuring that the system functions correctly. They have to know within a matter of seconds whether there is a concern that a populated area may be hit. “We practice for moments like this almost every day”, stresses Major Naaman. “There isn’t a single day throughout the year when we don’t work to protect one of the cities under threat. At the same time, we practice every possible scenario so that we’ll be ready”.
All the soldiers of the battery, including the soldiers who operate it, the interceptors and the soldiers from the Technical Division, have to demonstrate much professionalism by taking responsibility for their actions.
During their training, they learn to work under pressure in order to function in the best possible way. “The results of the interceptions over the past few weeks have been quite satisfactory and attest to our readiness for any scenario”, adds Major Tal. “I want to say to the residents on behalf of the soldiers: we will do everything to allow you live normal lives and so that no one will be hurt and of course to allow the IDF to complete its mission”.