Israel's PM Says New Defense Shield Successful

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center left, sits with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center right, during a joint cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. The Israeli and German governments convened a special joint session Monday, highlighting the two nations' strong bond six decades after the Holocaust. Merkel arrived Monday with 10 of her Cabinet ministers. Each will meet with their Israeli counterparts. (AP Photo/Uriel Sinai, Pool)

PRAGUE (AP) - Israel's prime minister has hailed the first successful action of his country's new missile-defense system after it intercepted two missiles fired by militants from the Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after a meeting in Prague
Thursday that Israel's new "Iron Dome" system - activated in the
last few days without proper testing - "intercepted two projectiles successfully."

Netanyahu said the action took place during his meeting with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas.

He added that the new system can't protect his country from every missile, but "gives hope that over time we can develop some better defense for our civilians."

Netanyahu said Israel is ready to take any measures - defensive and offensive - to cope with a recent increase in militant action from Gaza, including a missile that struck a school bus in southern Israel Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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