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‘Iron Dome’ becomes a catchphrase

Iron Dome is undoubtedly successful in military terms. According to the IDF, it is successfully downing over 90 percent of the rockets it attempts to intercept.

But there are other measures of Iron Dome’s success. Here’s one: it is quickly becoming the go-to Hebrew-language analogy (or, more accurately, snowclone) for something that protects Israeli society.

Earlier today, Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni demanded in an interview on Channel 2 that the government install an “economic Iron Dome” alongside the military one, calling for subsidies from Jerusalem to help businesses in southern towns weather the financial strain caused by the Gaza fighting.

Now Haaretz journalist Uri Misgav, on a panel on Channel 2, calls for a “diplomatic Iron Dome,” a return to the peace process.

If it keeps Israel safe, it’s now an “Iron Dome.”

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