Obama signs Israel bill on eve of Romney visit

US president reaffirms commitment to Israel, says bill underscores "unshakeable commitment" to Israel's security.

July 28, 2012 02:24
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Obama stands for moment of silence 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

WASHINTON – US President Barack Obama signed a law enhancing US-Israel security cooperation Friday, the eve of the day that Mitt

She noted that Congress, half of which is controlled by Republicans, was the one that dictated the pace of passage for the bill. The president only has 10 days to sign a bill once it has been passed by the legislature.

The legislation codified loan guarantees for Israel, provides additional support for Israel’s maintaining its qualitative military edge, pushes for closer cooperation between Israel and NATO, and otherwise puts into law several long-standing US policies.

“I have made it a top priority for my administration to deepen cooperation with Israel across the whole spectrum of security issues -- intelligence, military, technology,” Obama said before signing the new law. “And, in many ways, what this legislation does is bring together all the outstanding cooperation that we have seen, really, at an unprecedented level between our two countries that underscore our unshakeable commitment to Israel security.”

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