This news comes on top of a recent revealing article in Haaretz that talks about the anti-missile defense system being developed by Israel to counter the Qassam threat. Israel has chosen to develop a system called "Iron Dome" which targets the incoming missiles with another missile, much like the Patriot or Arrow system. The article points out that due to economics and a host of other factors, the "Iron Dome" system will be completely ineffective against the Qassams.
This has always seemed obvious to me. Why counter a $750 dollar Qassam with a $100,000 dollar missile? Why build a new missile when there are already better options available?
In my mind I always imagined that Israel would employ the Skyguard anti-missile laser. After all, it had helped develop the Nautilus prototype. To see just how effective the system can be check out this video.
David at Treppenwitz has also talked about this issue a couple of times. He suggested a currently operational system called the "Vulcan Phalanx," which is right now protecting American troops in Iraq.
Whatever system is chosen, it seems obvious that there are options, and options that are available now. I simply can't understand what the Israeli government was thinking, or how they thought no one would notice. I mean doesn't it seem obvious?