At least 10 Israeli soldiers, in their 20s and 30s, said at the end of their military service or after they were discharged that they had developed cancer following their stint with the Iron Dome unit, according to an investigative report by the Hebrew-language Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper.
They called the radar box of the Iron Dome system, which intercepts short-range missiles, “the toaster.”
“When you are near the radar box, you feel your whole body boiling on the inside,” Yonatan Haimovitz, 31, served for two years in the Israeli air force before being re-stationed to an Iron Dome battery, said.
“You imagine this is how food feels inside a microwave. You feel the heat waves,” he added.
At the age of 22, doctors discovered that Haimovitz had a tumor.
“It was a lump in my neck about that size of a ping pong ball sitting on the main artery and stopping blood flow. I went through chemotherapy and radiation treatment,” he said.
“They never equipped us against the radiation,” Shir Tahar, who was diagnosed with leukemia ten months after finishing her military service, said.