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Copyright © 2019 The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Senate Defense Bill Includes Pro-Israel Provisions

AIPAC commends the U.S. Senate for including important pro-Israel provisions in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). These critical provisions will help protect Israel against mounting security threats. The measure authorizes $500 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation and up to $50 million for U.S.-Israel counter-tunnel cooperation.

The Senate fully funded cooperative missile defense programs in accordance with the U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. The Senate funded both R&D and procurement for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3. These programs enable Israel to defend its citizens while advancing America’s own missile defense capabilities.

Counter-tunnel funding will enable America and Israel to continue their joint efforts to defeat the threat posed by terrorist organizations like Hamas and similar threats America faces in the Middle East and beyond.

The legislation also includes other important pro-Israel provisions. It authorizes an additional five years for the U.S. weapons stockpiles in Israel. It also calls for a joint assessment of the quantity and type of precision-guided munitions necessary for Israel to defend itself against Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups.

AIPAC commends the leadership of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), SASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairwoman Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Ranking Member Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and SASC Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Chairwoman Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-NM). AIPAC also appreciates the efforts of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) for ensuring the inclusion of pro-Israel provisions in this legislation.

In May, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted its version of the NDAA. AIPAC urges inclusion of both House and Senate pro-Israel provisions in the final version of the measure.

Type: Press Release