The Kosher Hedgehog concludes his blogging for the evening with some good news. Israel National News reports:
"The Israeli Armaments Development Authority (Rafael) has developed a laser system to diffuse destroy roadside bombs, which have killed hundreds of US and Israeli soldiers in Iraq and Lebanon.
"Rafael and American defense contractor General Dynamics have produced and deployed the system, which is called Thor. It uses the concentrated energy of a high-powered laser to clear unexploded bombs and improvised explosive devices.
"'The directed energy from the laser may also be used to ignite combustible materials, as a standoff cutting torch, and for other combat purposes,' General Dynamics said in a statement about the project ahead of US moves to purchase and deploy the system in its army."
Once again, Israel proves its value as an ally of the United States, here in the most tangible way: Joint development with an American company of a system that will save the lives and limbs of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.