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A Missile-Defense System That Actually Works?

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Iron Dome

An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense missile system in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod in response to a rocket launched from the nearby Palestinian Gaza Strip on Nov. 18, 2012.

Credit: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

The fighting between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza strip over the last few days is the latest round of violence in a region that has been torn apart by a decades-old conflict. But the debut of Israel's Iron Dome missile defense shield has added a new element to the conflict, one that military officials are calling a "game-changer."

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