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Copyright © 2019 The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

House Supports Funding for U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation

the U.S. military and the Israel Defense Forces conducted a joint search and rescue exercise at the Lod Industrial area, in central Israel, on June 22, 2016. Photo by David Azagury/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

AIPAC applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for authorizing a total of $500 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation and continued authorization of up to $50 million for U.S.-Israel counter-tunnel cooperation in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

These funds will provide both R&D support and procurement funding for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 cooperative missile defense systems—programs which help Israel defend its citizens against rockets and missiles and also advance America’s own missile defense capabilities. Additionally, these funds provide R&D support for the two countries to continue working together on critical counter-tunnel cooperation as this threat persists from terrorist organizations. The legislation also authorizes the development and implementation of a strategy working with foreign partners to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities. AIPAC commends the leadership of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-TN), and House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Ranking Member James Langevin (D-RI).

Type: Press Release