Israel deploys Iron Dome near Jerusalem


The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quotes a military official who said that the likelihood is low that the country would be attacked by Syrian rockets, however "we have a clear responsibility to prepare for any scenario in order to protect our citizens."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a cabinet meeting on Sunday that his nation was “an island of tranquility” amid “the storm raging around us,” according to AFP. He did not mention Syria specifically.

The battery near Jerusalem is not the first to be deployed in recent months. One was moved into position near Tel Aviv last month, and a few other systems have been put in place around the country. Many of the batteries have been set up in cities closer to the border with Syria, which runs along Israel’s north.

Haaretz reported that the Israeli Defense Forces are considering deploying another battery in northern Israel.

Lawmakers in the U.S. have expressed concern that Israel and Jordan, American allies, could be at danger due to the civil war raging in Syria, where more than 100,000 people have died.

Analysts have also worried that Israel could be in the crosshairs of Syrian President Bashar Assad or his supports in Iran if the United States takes military action against his regime.