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AIPAC lauds Congress passage of Israel aid

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December 9, 2016 03:08

The funding also includes funds for anti-tunnel technology.

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An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in southern Israel. (photo credit:REUTERS)

WASHINGTON – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee praised Congress on Thursday for its annual passage of missile defense funding for Israel, in the amount of over $600 million.

The funding includes $268.7m.earmarked for research and development, $62m. for Iron Dome, $150m. for David’s Sling and $120m. for Arrow, Israel’s midrange and long-range missile defense systems.



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Israel’s Iron Dome proved critical in its war against Hamas in Gaza in 2014. Its focus has now turned to the potential for war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has amassed a more sophisticated missile stockpile with help from Iran.

The National Defense Authorization Act, an annual omnibus defense package, also includes funding for anti-tunnel technology.

AIPAC officials maintain the authorization is consistent with a massive memorandum of understanding agreed between Israel and the US earlier this year.

“As Israel faces increased security challenges, AIPAC urges Congress to provide full funding for the programs authorized in this bill,” the lobby said, thanking lawmakers.
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