The U.S. House of Representatives defense appropriations subcommittee is expected to approve nearly $1 billion for Israeli and joint Israeli-U.S. missile defense programs, JTA reported Monday, May 7. Some $680 million of the $947 million set to be approved Tuesday will go to the Iron Dome short-range anti-missile system
, a result of legislation initiated by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Howard Berman (D-CA), respectively the chairwoman and senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill was spurred by Iron Dome’s success in repelling rockets from the Gaza Strip earlier this year and the Obama administration’s readiness to consider further funds for the project. The remaining $269 million will go to the medium-range David’s Sling and long-range Arrow anti-missile programs, representing a hike from the $100 million proposed earlier this year in the Obama administration’s budget.