"The best defense is a good offense" is an adage that has been applied to many fields of endeavor, including games and military combat. Generally the idea is that offensive action preoccupies the opposition and ultimately its ability to directly harm. Wikipedia
Destruction of the UAV
Courtesy: IDF Spokesman
It's not that I'm not relieved that the IDF has a defense system to intercept and destroy various missiles, drones etc. I don't consider the Iron Dome to be a Messiah when it comes to Israeli security. With today's security situation it is necessary, but I'd like to get the the root of the problem.
Let's take a good look at this illustration of "how the iron dome works." There are four stages listed. Now, what is stage one?
#1 A rocket is fired at Israel from Gaza.Yes, the source, the root is that there are terrorists firing rockets, missiles, weapons at Israel. It doesn't matter how competent our "missile catchers/destroyers" are, because unless we stop stage one, we'll still be under attack.
I agree with National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari:
Amidst the praise being heaped on the IDF for shooting down a drone that penetrated Israeli airspace, one Knesset member thinks the congratulations are undeserved.We're making a big mistake concentrating on defense and ignoring a good offense. Israeli shouldn't be afraid of "first strike" attacking and destroying our enemies. That was the main lesson we should have learned from the terrible price we paid thirty-nine 39 years ago during the Yom Kippur War.
"The time has come for that the IDF Spokespersons to stop behaving like the spokesmen of the Syrian or Egyptian army, turning failures into successes," said MK Michael Ben Ari. (complete article)
The State of Israel was almost totally destroyed by Egypt and Syria, because political rather than military decisions were made. We can't afford to keep on making the same mistakes. We must destroy our enemies before they destroy us!