An American radar system that uses X-rays and was placed in the Negev a number of months ago has begun operations.

Its purpose is to warn of ballistic missiles, launched from either Syria or Iran. The security establishment says that new system provided indications of recently held Iranian ballistic missile tests, which it says were impressive.

Israeli security sources say that the Israeli satellite system, together with the Green Pine radar system used by Israel’s Arrow missile defense system, is capable of providing a warning of a few minutes following an Iranian missile launch. However, it cannot predict where the missile’s warhead will hit.

The novelty of the X-ray system is its ability to monitor a missile’s trajectory, such that a more precise warning can be given.

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Recently, the Israel Home Front Command connected with the American radar, significantly improving Israel’s defensive abilities.

Should a missile be launched from Iran, the entire security establishment would be able to provide an accurate warning, even down to a specific area in a specific city -about eight minutes before the missile hits.

This stands in contrast to warnings during the 1991 Gulf War, when everyone ran for shelters or safe rooms whenever an alarm sounded.

However, the Israeli security establishment is aware that despite the great investment in sirens, some areas still lack sirens.

Israel Home Front Command Maj. Gen. Yair Golan ordered that the number of sirens be doubled in 2009. Previously, there was one siren per mile; however, today the current policy is one siren per half a mile.

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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