Record amount approved for U.S.-Israel missile defense program

Record amount approved for U.S.-Israel missile defense program

WASHINGTON ““ The U.S. House Appropriations defense subcommittee awarded the highest-ever level of funding to the joint U.S.-Israel missile defense program.

The subcommittee on June 1 appropriated $235.7 million in funding for the coming year.

In a statement, committee member Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.-9) said it was “a mark of importance” of the three joint defense programs – Arrow 2, Arrow 3, and David’s Sling – that they were given such high funding during the current economic climate.

“The growing proliferation and increasing deadliness of missiles and rockets around the world – including those possessed by dangerous regimes such as the one headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, and President Bashar al-Assad in Syria – pose a direct threat to U.S. national security,” Rothman said. “Funding these new technologies serves our interests in the volatile Middle East, and wherever America’s troops and citizens are stationed.”

Funding for such cooperative ventures is separate from the $3 billion in U.S. defense assistance Israel receives each year.

JTA Wire Service

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