Israel shoots down Hamas drone as escalation continues

posted at 8:01 am on July 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The Israeli-Gaza war showed no sign of calming down over the weekend, nor have calls for a cease fire had any impact. The fighting continues to escalate, with Hamas firing more than 100 rockets at Israeli cities yesterday, which have largely been an exercise in futility. Yesterday Hamas tried a new wrinkle by sending up a drone, but the IDF shot that down as well:

Israel’s military said it downed a drone along its southern coastline on Monday, the first time it encountered such a weapon since its campaign against the Gaza Strip militants began last week.

The drone came from Gaza and was shot down near the southern city of Ashdod, the military said. It did not say what the drone was carrying.

Hamas tweeted Monday that it had “deployed a number of pilotless drones into Israel, adding that, “Our drones carried out specific reconnaissance missions” over the War Ministry in Tel Aviv.

Israeli TV was reporting there could have been at least a second drone fired toward the Jewish state.

For now, it looks like the drone was unarmed:

The drone got shot down by a Patriot missile battery, according to the Washington Post.  Those anti-missile systems have been working successfully in the field since the first Gulf War, but it’s the first time I’m aware that it has succeeded in knocking down a drone. The use of drones by Hamas may be a test, perhaps a reaction to the extraordinary success of the Israeli Iron Dome defensive system, which Hamas may be attempting to exhaust through sheer numbers. If they’re now unleashing drones, perhaps Hamas is beginning to worry that Iron Dome may be inexhaustible and their years-long effort in rebuilding their missile cache may end up being fruitless.

Gazans may be wondering when Hamas will figure that out. Thousands of them have now had to flee their homes as Israel warned yesterday that it would “strike with might,” hinting at a ground invasion of Gaza:

Tens of thousands of panicked residents had fled their homes in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday after the Israeli military dropped leaflets from the sky warning those who stayed behind that they were risking their lives because a large, intense operation was imminent.

Residents in Gaza were whipsawed by growing anxiety and frustration. More than 17,000 people poured into makeshift shelters as Israeli commandos entered the coastal enclave early Sunday to target a Hamas rocket-launch site. A gun battle with Hamas militants ensued and left four Israeli soldiers lightly wounded, an army spokesman said.

The Telegraph reports that Israel has decided to hold off for the moment on a ground invasion:

Israel kept up its punishing raids on Gaza early on Monday, but held off from a threatened ground incursion as the world intensified efforts to broker a truce.

With Israel’s campaign to halt cross-border rocket fire entering its seventh day Monday, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was to discuss moves to seek UN intervention at an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

And UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to scrap plans for a ground offensive, saying “too many” Palestinian civilians had been killed as the death toll from Israel’s punishing air campaign hit 172, with another 1,230 wounded.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has said more than three-quarters of the victims were civilians.

But, despite preparations for a possible ground attack, Israel appeared to be holding off with media reports saying that ministers attending a Sunday evening meeting of the security cabinet had decided against putting boots on the ground – for the time being.

Israel won’t take the decision to move on the ground lightly. Hamas will look for ways to trap and capture Israeli soldiers to force Israel into lopsided prisoner swaps, for one thing, and urban fighting will negate some of the IDF’s advantages, especially given the need to protect civilians from getting caught in crossfires — while Hamas uses them as shields. However, if Hamas doesn’t stop firing missiles into Israel (which is what prompted the war in the first place), at some point Israel will have to start taking ground and tacking down Hamas’ command and control to put an end to it.

Israel already has taken some ground action in Gaza, although just in a limited commando raid that destroyed one missile cell. The US has begun evacuating Americans from Gaza, and the UN is preparing for the potential ground offensive:

The push for Israel to adopt a cease-fire is pointless. Hamas started this war by escalating its rocket attacks, and continuing to do so for several days of Israeli warnings about the consequences. When Hamas stops firing rockets, this war will end. Until that happens, don’t expect the Israelis to let up.


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Move the Gaza people to ISIS-land. That’s the paradise they wanted to live in anyway.

Oil Can on July 14, 2014 at 8:06 AM

The push for Israel to adopt a cease-fire is pointless. Hamas started this war by escalating its rocket attacks, and continuing to do so for several days of Israeli warnings about the consequences. When Hamas stops firing rockets, this war will end. Until that happens, don’t expect the Israelis to let up.

IMO, if Israel wants this to end they should start the deliberate targeting of the enemy’s network of command posts otherwise known as mosques.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

One could get the impression that Hamas keeps firing missiles at Israel in the hopes of reducing the civilian population in Gaza…

albill on July 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM

The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has said more than three-quarters of the victims were civilians.

And the missiles fired against the Israelis were only going out after military targets? The PCHR should understand complaining about civilian casualties when the terrorist group you’re defending not only has a long history of blowing up civilians but, even now, are vowing that there won’t be a bus, cafe, or school that doesn’t feel the wrath of Hamas.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:13 AM

One could get the impression that Hamas keeps firing missiles at Israel in the hopes of reducing the civilian population in Gaza…

albill on July 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Fueling the flames of hatred against the Jews in any case.

Hard to believe that John Kerry actually believed he could hammer out a peace agreement with these animals.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

IMO, if Israel wants this to end they should start the deliberate targeting of the enemy’s network of command posts otherwise known as mosques.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Absolutely, starting with that monstrosity the muzzies built over the Temple Mount.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Tens of thousands of panicked residents had fled their homes in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday after the Israeli military dropped leaflets from the sky warning those who stayed behind that they were risking their lives because a large, intense operation was imminent.

Shrewd move on Netanyahu’s part. Hadn’t Hamas shut down all means of gaining outside reports for people living in Gaza? Seems to me that I read they had done some. All the people living in Gaza were hearing was Hamas propaganda.

So Netanyahu does what Hamas will not do…gives the people fair warning of what is coming so that they can protect themselves as much as possible.

More “humanitarian” by far than Hamas using their own people as human shields.

Prayers going up for all people living in the area of these conflicts.

lineholder on July 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

US evacuates Americans from Gaza.

Sounds about right with this administration..

Wouldn’t want to help Israel or something like that…

Electrongod on July 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Lsm continues to portray Hamas as the victims smh

cmsinaz on July 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Hamas over the years has never not sent missiles and mortars into Israel and I’m talking about thousands every year. It’s just that it was escalated by Hamas this pass couple of weeks. Sirens are going off continually in Israel.

Blake on July 14, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Absolutely, starting with that monstrosity the muzzies built over the Temple Mount.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 8:19 AM

It ain’t that bad. After all, Crusaders thought it was pretty enough to turn into a church when they held the Land.

NorthernCross on July 14, 2014 at 8:31 AM

If you are not on twitter get there and follow the IDFspokesperson

Overnight, the IDF targeted a weapons cache in Gaza. The secondary explosion shows there was indeed a weapons cache. youtu.be/voYIh5xTxlM

Rich on July 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Lsm continues to portray Hamas as the victims smh

cmsinaz on July 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Yeah you can pretty much assume that when they talk of “Palestine” as if that is a nation-state and not a terrorist-state.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

This gave me a chuckle yesterday

A rocket fired from Gaza hit electricity infrastructure in Israel that supplied power to Gaza, cutting power to about 70,000 people in Gaza.

Rich on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

God bless Israel and deliver her enemies into her hand.

Immolate on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

How many cycles must this “Israeli-Gaza war” take before Israel treats it like a war and prosecutes it to Hamas’ surrender, instead of a ceasefire?

Barnestormer on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

The sirens going off are spooky.

The only ground offensive the Israelis need is a creeping artillery barrage, start at the border of Gaza and work their way in.

Running around in circles carrying corpses is just plain strange, how can you possibly make a rational deal with retards who do that.

Bishop on July 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

So Netanyahu does what Hamas will not do…gives the people fair warning of what is coming so that they can protect themselves as much as possible.

lineholder on July 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

More than fair. Besides leaflets, they call on the telephone. They also doe that knocking on the roof thing.

Blake on July 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

A rocket fired from Gaza hit electricity infrastructure in Israel that supplied power to Gaza, cutting power to about 70,000 people in Gaza.

Rich on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

The better question IMO, is why is Israel still supplying power, water, etc in Gaza to begin with. Cut the infrastructure until the animals firing missiles stop.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

God bless Israel and deliver her enemies into her hand.

Immolate on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Amen

gophergirl on July 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

God bless Israel and deliver her enemies into her hand.

Immolate on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Obama and Kerry are headed to Tel Aviv?

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:38 AM

‘Civilian’ Palestinian casualties are collateral in nature and usually, imo, the result of their being used by Hamas as human shields, or ignoring Israeli warnings to leave the area of combat. Hamas, also ‘civilians’in various garb, blend in with non combatants, thus confusing/confounding operations and providing a feeding frenzy by the UN and msm. Israel can’t win this propaganda war, so, kill’em all and let Allah sort ‘em out.

vnvet on July 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Running around in circles carrying corpses is just plain strange,

Bishop on July 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

I’m sure they are just being rushed to the hospital like what the Libyans did for Christopher Stevens.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Maybe Obama should take another ad out in an Israel news paper prising the Palestinian President while ‘dissing’ Israel’s again?!

easyt65 on July 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM

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WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

Vets can’t get into VA facilities to deal with PTSD and this filthy traitor is staying on active duty after deserting his post????? WTF!

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

The US has begun evacuating Americans from Gaza, and the UN is preparing for the potential ground offensive.

Ed Morrissey on July 14, 2014 at 8:01 AM

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There are/were Americans in Gaza ? !
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The push for Israel to adopt a cease-fire is pointless. Hamas started this war by escalating its rocket attacks, and continuing to do so for several days of Israeli warnings about the consequences. When Hamas stops firing rockets, this war will end. Until that happens, don’t expect the Israelis to let up.

Ed Morrissey on July 14, 2014 at 8:01 AM

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Nothing more to add … that says all that needs be said, at this point.
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Yeah, I’m a “pro-Zionist”, and probably so is Ed. What of it ?

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Steyn called the Palestinian “state” the most comprehensively wrecked people and region on the planet, and this is further proof that he was spot-on.

It’s just a giant people farm whose only seeming purpose is to create masses of ignorant jackwads who year after year throw themselves at the Israeli wall. The few voices of reason coming out of the Palestinian population are either marginalized or silenced with a gun, it’s no wonder they’re so pathetic.

Of course our lefties, like the naïve dolts they are, scream the praises of animals who fire rockets at suburban hoods and slaughter families in their homes using knives.

Bishop on July 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Why in the world would any REAL American be in Gaza. All they are talking about are dual citizenship terrorists and their families who use our system to escape retribution for what they have done. Anybody else there for “tourism” or “politics”, just leave them alone. They are supposed to like it there.

Old Country Boy on July 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I wish Bibi was our President…

Breaking News: Netanyahu’s speech to Hamas

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu just made the following speech in front of the Knesset:

To Ismail Haniya, and the leaders and operatives of Hamas:

We, the people of Israel, owe you a huge debt of gratitude. You have succeeded where we have failed. Because never before, in the history of the
modern State of Israel, has the Jewish people been so united, like one person with one heart. You stole three of our most precious children, and slaughtered them in cold blood. But before we could discover the horrible truth, we had 18 days of pain and anxiety while we searched for them, during
which our nation united as never before, in prayer, in hopes, in mutual support.

And now, as you continue to launch deadly missiles indiscriminately , intended to maim and murder as many civilians as possible, while you take cowardly refuge behind your own civilians – you continue to inspire us to hold strongly onto our newly discovered unity. Whatever disputes we Jews may have with each other, we now know that we have one common goal: we will defeat you.

But we are offering you now one last chance. Within 24 hours , all rocket fire – and I mean all rocket fire – will cease. Completely. Forever.

I give you formal notice that our tanks are massed at the Gaza border, with artillery and air support at the ready. We have already dropped leaflets over the northern parts of the Gaza strip, warningcivilians of our impending arrival, and that they should evacuate southward, forthwith. If you fail to meet our ultimatum, we are coming in, and, with God’s help, this time we will not leave. Every centimeter of land that we conquer will be annexed to Israel, so that there will never be another attack launched at our civilians from there.

Even so, we will continue to keep the door open to allow you tosurrender gracefully. The moment you announce that you are laying down arms, we will halt our advance, and there we will draw our new borders. If you continue to attack our citizens, we will continue to roll southwards, driving you out of territory that you will never again contaminate with your evil presence.

It pains me deeply that your civilians will be made homeless. But we did not choose this war; you did. And if our choice is between allowing our citizens to be targeted mercilessly by your genocidal savagery, versus turning your civilians into refugees, I regret that we must choose the latter. If only you loved your people as much as you hate ours, this war would never have happened.

To the rest of the world: Israel has tired of your ceaseless chidingsthat we should “show restraint”. When you have your entire population under constant missile fire from an implacable enemy whose stated goal is the murder every man, woman and child in your land, then you may come and talk to us about “restraint”. Until then, we respectfully suggest that you keep your double standards to yourselves. This time, Hamas has gone too far, andwe will do whatever we have to in order to protect our population.

Hamas, once again, I thank you for bringing our people together with such clarity of mind and unity of purpose. The people of Israel do not fear the long road ahead.

Am Yisrael Chai.

RonRon on July 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

It’s a good thing moderate Muslims outnumber their extremist counterparts and keep them in check or the situation in the Middle East would be spiraling out of control/

iceman1960 on July 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

God will use His people to strike the godless. Some day check out the list of tribes that the Israelites wiped out with Gods blessing. He does not take threats to His people lightly. And by the way, Israel could end all of this by claiming Jesus as their Messiah.

crosshugger on July 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I am tired of the MSM calling Hamas “militants”. They’re firing rockets at civilians. That makes them terrorists.

sadatoni on July 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Hamas is using drones.

Good times. right Jazz?

WryTrvllr on July 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

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WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

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Vets can’t get into VA facilities to deal with PTSD and this filthy traitor is staying on active duty after deserting his post????? WTF!

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

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That “WTF” means ‘WOW, That’s Fantastic’, right ?

He did exactly what the Commander-In-Chief wanted … why not ?
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What kind of “active duty,” is what I’d like to know.

What are the other soldiers around him going to think ?

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

So we live in a strange world these days. Up is down, left is right, wrong is right, and death is life.

Go figure.

In the meantime, GO ISRAEL!! Knock em dead.

Mariadee on July 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM

God will use His people to strike the godless. Some day check out the list of tribes that the Israelites wiped out with Gods blessing. He does not take threats to His people lightly. And by the way, Israel could end all of this by claiming Jesus as their Messiah.

crosshugger on July 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Most of the time, it was at His command.

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

This is how the peace process should work. Israel pounds their enemies into dust and then you have peace. The end.

iceman1960 on July 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Join me in a prayer for one of our own commenter ITGuy who if I’m not mistaken lives in Israel.

Hope this finds you and your family safe ITGuy.

D-fusit on July 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I don’t agree with Bibi – why give the. The chance to surrender??? Just roll through and push them straight into Egypt. It is only a matter of time before they will need to face the disaster that Obama has caused in Iraq Egypt and Syria, and Israel will need the extra land for munitions and armor factories.

KMC1 on July 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Bibi said it best: Israel uses missiles to protect people, but Hamas uses people to protect missiles.

A few previous posters mentioned the Dome of the Rock — has anyone here but me seen that amazing “devil face” formed by two marble slabs on the side of the building?

When I was in Israel in 1998, everybody in my tour group photographed it, although the Muslim guards were annoyed.

You can find photos of that face online. It’s really something to see; and yes, it really looks like that.

KyMouse on July 14, 2014 at 9:24 AM

RonRon on July 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

This speech IS A HOAX.

See here:

http://vladtepesblog.com/2014/07/10/israeli-pm-binyamin-netanyahu-just-made-the-following-speech-in-front-of-the-knesset/

Bibi, retaking Gaza? Gimme a break.

BabyGrace on July 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Barnestormer on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Hamas doesn`t seem like the surrender type. There`s only two options. Keep doing this again and again or…… Wipe them all out (which I don`t see even Israel having the stomach for).

ThePrez on July 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

There are Americans in Gaza?!

John the Libertarian on July 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

There are Americans in Gaza?!

John the Libertarian on July 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

That was my question…Who in his right mind is in Gaza, ever?

JFKY on July 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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Yeah, I’m a “pro-Zionist”, and probably so is Ed. What of it ?

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

You’re on the side of what’s right.

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

That was my question…Who in his right mind is in Gaza, ever?

JFKY on July 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Probably up to no good.

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

JFKY on July 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Palestinians with double nationality.

BabyGrace on July 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

…and all I’m seeing on the LSM…is all the ‘grieving’ Palestinians!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Hard to believe that John Kerry actually believed he could hammer out a peace agreement with these animals.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Not hard for me to believe. Consider Kerry and the rest of his ilk. He’s one of those who thinks that if only he could have talked to Hitler WWII could have been avoided. Kerry is the epitome of hubris and ego coupled with total asshattery. A potent combination typical of this administration.

Oldnuke on July 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I say use up all your old artillery, then pretend to call a faux truce, killing them Game of Thrones style at the truce conference.

Tard on July 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

RonRon on July 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

This speech IS A HOAX.

See here:

http://vladtepesblog.com/2014/07/10/israeli-pm-binyamin-netanyahu-just-made-the-following-speech-in-front-of-the-knesset/

Bibi, retaking Gaza? Gimme a break.

BabyGrace on July 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

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Bummer, I was really convinced the Israelis had come to their senses.

(Vlad says:)
I have no idea if this is for real or not. I just got it in email with no link but from a good source. Frankly I find it too good to be true. It reads more like what he should say rather than anything he would say But either way, here it is.

UPDATE: The fellow who sent it to me told me he fell for a hoax

UPDATE #2: TO BE PERFECTLY CLEAR: THIS SPEECH IS A HOAX AND WISHFUL THINKING

Maybe you have to start with some wishful thinking and hope it comes true.

AesopFan on July 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

With Iran’s attention directed at Iraq, this is actually a near-perfect time for the Israeli’s to prosecute this – Hamas additionlly proving themselves morons for the same reason.

PJ Emeritus on July 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I don’t agree with Bibi – why give the. The chance to surrender??? Just roll through and push them straight into Egypt. It is only a matter of time before they will need to face the disaster that Obama has caused in Iraq Egypt and Syria, and Israel will need the extra land for munitions and armor factories.

KMC1 on July 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Israel needs 50 mile no mans border around it. Filled with monitor devices and anti-missile tech.

And they should have never given up the Sinai.

Oil Can on July 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Yeah, I’m a “pro-Zionist”, and probably so is Ed. What of it ?

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

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You’re on the side of what’s right.

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

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Shh … not so loud … you’ll be PERSECUTED !

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

and the UN is preparing for the potential ground offensive.

Ed Morrissey on July 14, 2014 at 8:01 AM

By doing what? Signing up child molesters for the anticipated peace keeping mission?

BobMbx on July 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I will take a “wait-and-see” on this one – he MUST be active duty in order to be court-martialed, after all.

PJ Emeritus on July 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

A rocket fired from Gaza hit electricity infrastructure in Israel that supplied power to Gaza, cutting power to about 70,000 people in Gaza.

Rich on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that God doesn’t have a sense of humor.

LawfulGood on July 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

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I will take a “wait-and-see” on this one – he MUST be active duty in order to be court-martialed, after all.

PJ Emeritus on July 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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I hadn’t considered that … good point.

listens2glenn on July 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I hope the news was inaccurate when they said the IDF used a Patriot missile to engage the drone. Criminy … talk about overkill.
And a PAC-3 bird no doubt. Guess they wanted to make an emphatic statement.
Weren’t there any C-RAM systems in the area?

Missilengr on July 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM