|Iron Dome battery deployed somewhere|
west of Jerusalem on Sunday [Image Source: AFP]
We Jerusalemites last heard incoming-missile sirens this past November ["17-Nov-12: Saturday night update"] when the Hamas regime in Gaza fired them at the capital during Operation Pillar of Defense. Two rockets are thought to have exploded somewhere outside, but close to, Jerusalem's city limits.
Haaretz says three other Iron Dome batteries were deployed in recent days at other key locations: near Tel Aviv, and near Haifa and in the Galilee of northern Israel. It says the IDF is considering whether to deploy another battery in northern Israel. Bamahane, the IDF magazine, has said six are currently in service around the country and more are on the way.
Officially at least, the assessment here is of a low probability that the Assad regime or its allies (presumably Hezbollah and Hamas) would attempt to hit Israel in response to a US-led attack on Syria. Times of Israel's article reminds us that "Syrian and Iranian leaders have repeatedly threatened to strike Israel if Obama goes ahead with military intervention."