The House Approves $705 million for Israeli Missile Defense Cooperation
July 14, 2017
After months of anticipation, the U.S. House finally passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act detailing how it intends to use $696 billion in national security. In the bill, $705 million of the defense budget is allocated to U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation--a $105 million increase from the last fiscal year!
The act specifies funding to R&D programs and missile defense systems such as the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 rocket interceptors that work to protect Israelis from rockets and missiles.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the largest and most powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington D.C., expressed its deep appreciation particularly to the House Armed Services Committee which is chaired by Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry. AIPAC further urges that the $705 million be maintained in the final version of the bill which requires bicameral approval in order for the funding to go into effect.
“House Supports Funding for US- Israel Missile Defense Cooperation”: http://www.aipac.org/learn/resources/aipac-publications/publication?pubpath=PolicyPolitics/Press/AIPAC%20Statements/2017/07/House%20Supports%20Funding%20for%20US%20Israel%20Missile%20Defense%20Cooperation
House Passes Bill that includes $705 million for Israeli Defense: http://www.timesofisrael.com/house-passes-bill-that-includes-705m-for-us-israel-missile-defense-cooperation/