MK Michael Oren lauds congressional push for extra Israeli defense spending

June 15, 2016 10:45


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Kulanu MK Michael Oren indicated Wednesday that a Congressional push to increase US funding for Israel's missile defense program represented the will of the American people more than position of the White House administration.

"Congress represents the will of the American people and it transcends the administration of this president or any other," he said after the White House opposed a proposal by US lawmakers to increase American funding for Israel's missile defense program by $455 million. 

Oren's veiled criticism of the Obama administration's decision was coupled with praise for congressional efforts to aid Israel.

"While we appreciate the White House's willingness to sign a security agreement with us for the next decade, Congress' right and ability to strengthen Israel's security must be respected and upheld," Oren stated.

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