The IRON DOME air defense system, which protects Israeli infrastructure and cities from air attacks, including rocket attacks, was undermined by the massive Hamas offensive on May 4, 2019, when 690 rockets were fired at Israeli targets within 48 hours. According to the figures communicated, only 240 of the rockets were actually intercepted by the system, that is to say an interception rate of "only" 35%, well below the announced performances of the system.
However, 3 parameters must be taken into consideration to assess the real performance of the Israeli system:
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