Developers of the Iron Dome missile defense system, who on Monday were awarded the Israel Defense Prize for 2012, have donated the prize money to a trauma rehabilitation center in Israel’s south, Israel Hayom reported. The prize, worth thousands of shekels, was given to the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council’s Resilience Center, which provides therapy for trauma victims, including those suffering from the constant rockets fired into the south from the Gaza Strip.
“We owe this prize to residents of the south,” the head of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Air-to-Air and Air Defense Directorate, Yossi Druker, said at Wednesday’s ceremony marking the donation.
An Iron Dome battery has been redeployed in the central Dan region after having been moved to the north of Israel for some months. An Israel Defense Forces spokesman said, “The Iron Dome system is undergoing an operational deployment process. From time to time the system is moved to different areas in the country.”