Israel's PM says new defense shield successful

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 3:33 PM
Israel's PM says new defense shield successful

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.