The system, developed by Israel, sponsored by the US, was again involved in a dubious fake news incident last night, less than 30 days before the general election.
VIDEO: Fake new: "Successful intercept" by Iron Dome in the Tel-Aviv sky; posted on March 14, 2019 by New24/7.
Figure. Fake news: "Missiles in the Tel-Aviv sky". The photo purports to show the launch of two Iron Dome interceptors; March 15, 2019 headline of the print edition - Israel Hayom daily Sheldon Adelson' s propaganda organ for Netanyahu.[i]
Tel-Aviv, March 15 last night around 9:00 pm loud missile attack alarms were sounded in Tel-Aviv, and loud explosions were heard, leading some people to panic. That is agreed by all. The rest of the story is dubious.
Who fired what last night?
Were Iron Dome interceptors launched? Videos were published almost immediately by on-line news channels and broadcast by public television, showing "successful intercepts" by Iron Dome of two Fajr-5 missiles, allegedly fired from Gaza. Nir Dvori, public television Kan 11 military reporter, explained that "one successful intercept is certain". However, later last night, IDF spokesman Ronen Manelis stated that Iron Dome interceptors had never been launched at all. [ii]
Who fired the missiles? That question remains murky as well. Initially it was claimed that the missiles were fire by Hamas from Gaza, later IDF claimed that the missiles were launched "in error", or by some splinter group in Gaza.
Today, Shmuel Meir, Haaretz contributor, sums up in Twitter that all photographs and videos of Iron Dome launch over Tel-Aviv last night were "fake news".
Figure. News1 report: Top video, purportedly showing the very second of the successful "intercept" by Iron Dome over Tel-Aviv last night. Bottom the headline of the same news item says: "Two rockets fired towards Tel-Aviv area; Iron Dome interceptors were not launched". [ii]
Some news outlets, for example News1 (above), outdid themselves, publishing in the same item conflicting reports showing a videos or photographs of the purported Iron Dome "successful intercepts", while publishing statements by IDF spokesman that no Iron Dome interceptors had been launched.
Massive Israeli retaliation, approved by Netanyahu alone, less than 30 days prior to the general election
Last night Israeli air-force conducted massive air-raids over Gaza.