IDF Shoots Down Syrian Rocket Over the Heads of Israeli Skiers

by Avi Abelow

While taking a vacation day skiing, these Israeli skiers were surprised to all of a sudden see Iron Dome missiles shot right over their heads.

Thousands of Israelis skiing down the slopes of Mount Hermon today in the Golan Heights suddenly saw in front of them an Iron Dome air defense missile launch toward the sky to take out an incoming Syrian rocket attack. Here in Switzerland, this has yet to happen.— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) January 20, 2019

As only would happen in Israel, which might be a surprise to non-Israelis, the Hermon skiing site continued business as usual with skiing, according to IDF instructions.

The IDF Spokesman issued a statement that a launch was identified from Syria over the northern Golan Heights area and was intercepted by Israel’s missile defense system.

A short while ago, a rocket was fired at the northern Golan Heights and was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 20, 2019

Life on the Front lines

The entire state of Israel is actually on the front lines. There are no sections of the country that live 100 miles away from any border. Israel is tiny. It is around the same size as New Jersey. And it is also a very thin country. So, even the most crowded areas of Israel are less than 100 miles away from the border with Jordan to the East. The entire Golan Heights region is no more than 10-20 miles away from hot spots in the Syrian Civil War. It is not rare for some shelling from the Civil War to spill over right near the Israeli border.

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