Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Go, Sderot, Go

Seventy residents of Sderot and other towns bordering the Gaza Strip, filed an unprecedented lawsuit against the Israeli Defense Minister in the Jerusalem District Court. The plaintiffs are demanding that the IDF immediately utilizes the "Nautilus" laser guided, anti-missile system as a defense against Palestinian rocket attacks; "Failing to station the system – forfeiting residents' lives"

The lawsuit, which names Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak as defendants, alleges that the "Nautilus" system has the ability to intercept the short-range terrorist rockets in mid-air. To date, the IDF has not found an effective response to the daily Palestinian rocket barrages targeting Sderot's civilian population. The residents contend that the failure to utilize the currently available and inexpensive "Nautilus" systems is gross negligence on the government and IDF's part. They claim the government is not protecting their impoverished city as they would the more affluent Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

The residents are demanding, moreover, that the IDF employ the fully operational "Skyguard" system (based upon the "Nautilus" technology), to ensure that in a two years period at the latest, there is a complete solution for the rocket threat to the entire Sderot-Ashkelon region.

Why not Foreign Minster Tzipi Livni, too?

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