FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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January 15. 2014
House Provides Full Funding for Israel Security Assistance
AIPAC applauds the House of Representatives for providing $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel as part of the FY 14 omnibus appropriations bill. These funds fully meet America’s commitment in the U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding, helping our democratic ally meet critical defense needs during this period of heightened regional instability. The Senate is expected to act on the measure later this week.
The House also provided $268.7 million in funding for several U.S.-Israel cooperative missile and rocket defense programs, including $74.7 million for developing the Arrow-3 system, $149.7 million for the David’s Sling system oriented toward medium-range threats, and $44.4 million for upgrades of the Arrow 2 program. The bill also includes $235.3 million in critical funding for Israel’s Iron Dome system.
The measure also takes important steps to support peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians. It presses the Palestinians to halt anti-Israel incitement by explicitly linking Palestinian economic aid to their efforts in countering incitement of violence against Israelis and ensuring that they are supporting activities aimed at promoting peace, coexistence, and security cooperation with Israel. Once again, the bill includes language that would cut off Palestinian economic assistance if the Palestinians obtain state or member status at the United Nations or any specialized agency. This measure includes an additional stipulation that no aid may be provided if the Palestinians “initiate an International Criminal Court judicially authorized investigation, or actively support such an investigation, that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.”
Consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, AIPAC is a bipartisan American membership organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel. For more than 50 years, AIPAC has been working with Congress to build a strong, vibrant relationship between the U.S. and Israel. With more than 100,000 members across the United States, AIPAC works throughout the country to improve and strengthen that relationship by supporting U.S.-Israel military, economic, scientific and cultural cooperation.