Iron Dome Deployed: Could Israel’s Defense Be Stoking End-Of-The-World Fears?

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Israel deployed its infamous iron dome on Sunday. The move comes in response to recent rocket attacks originating from the embattled Gaza area. The rockets were launched into the southern Israeli city of Sderot two days ago. The attack prompted the deployment of two iron dome batteries. One each in the cities of Sderot and Netivot. An iron dome battery was deployed in the city of Ashdod on Friday, in time to intercept another rocket fired into the battle-torn country.

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Unfortunately, the iron dome was not yet deployed in Sderot on Friday when the city was bombarded. That rocket attack, which prompted the most recent iron dome deployment, was responsible for damaging a bus and a home. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.

The Salafist group Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigades, known for its ties with ISIS, has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks.

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While it’s never good to hear that the iron dome has been deployed, this time around folks are taking it to heart. The timing of this week’s attacks and subsequent iron dome deployment couldn’t be much worse in the eyes of some. This is because, for months, rumors have abounded that the end of September might bring about the end of the world.

There have been many theories regarding how the end will play out. From an asteroid impact to a global financial collapse and everything in between, reports International Business Times. Most of the theories center around one religion or another. For example, members of the LDS Church (headquartered in Utah) have been stocking up on apocalypse supplies in a big way.

“There is a sense of urgency, like something is up. A lot of people are mentioning things about September, like a financial collapse.”

Much of the talk about impending late-September doom (possibly associated with the iron dome being deployed) started years ago and is associated with this month’s Jewish High Holy Days. It is on September 28 that the final of the four “blood moons” of the current tetrad will occur. Since the first blood moon on April 15, 2014, doomsdayers under the iron dome and elsewhere have been waiting for something Biblical or otherwise epic to occur.

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Much of the chatter has to do with the blood moon tetrad coinciding with the holiest days of the Jewish year. Few believers seem to realize that Jewish holidays are always tied to the cycle of the moon.

Even before Friday’s attacks, which caused the iron dome to be deployed, social media was buzzing with chatter and tweets about the potential for an upcoming apocalypse.

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Keep in mind, there’s been nothing to substantiate the idea that the end of this September will be any more eventful than the end of every September that’s come before. Even with the iron dome deployed. The reality of the situation hasn’t detracted the true believers in the end, though. The rumors have been so virulent that NASA has spoken out in an effort to dispel fears.

“There is no scientific basis – not one shred of evidence – that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates. If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now.”

Hmm. You’d think that such an unequivocal statement would stem the worries of doomsdayers. Unfortunately, it didn’t. Indeed, in many cases the energy from the iron dome being deployed might have pushed them over the edge.

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Not everyone’s worried, though.

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Lack of fear seems to be the best way to go, considering all of the doomsday predictions that have come and failed in the past.

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Israel deployed the iron dome. So what? Certainly that isn’t a sign of impending global collapse, even when coupled with an impending blood moon, debunked rumors of earth-ending asteroids and theories of financial markets going the way of the dinosaur. Let’s just be grateful that Israel has the defense capabilities it has, that last Friday’s attacks were casualty-free and that the iron dome has been deployed to protect lives in the future.

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