Congress wants to protect U.S. forces using Israeli defense system

Since it was deployed in 2011, Iron Dome has intercepted over 2,000 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
June 12, 2019 04:11
THE IRON DOME air defense system fires interceptor missiles over Ashkelon on Sunday.

THE IRON DOME air defense system fires interceptor missiles over Ashkelon on Sunday.. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

 
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(JTA) — The Congress wants to use Israeli technology to protect American forces overseas.

The House of Representatives introduced a bill on Monday that would have the Army purchase two Iron Dome missile defense batteries from Israel. The measure has bipartisan support.
 

Four months ago, Israel’s Defense Ministry announced that the U.S. military would purchase the system from its developer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., under an agreement between the ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense “for immediate needs of the U.S. Army.”



The U.S.-Israel Indirect Fire Protection Act of 2019 was sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, a Jewish New Jersey Democrat, and co-sponsored by Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican.



“Iron Dome is a proven defense system that will provide increased protection for our troops in the field,” Sherrill said in a statement. “Access to this technology addresses critical gaps in our current capabilities.”



Since it was deployed in 2011, Iron Dome has intercepted over 2,000 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza.

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