AIPAC Statement on Israel Missile
We are deeply disappointed that a June 14 “Statement of Administration Policy” on the defense appropriations measure has criticized Congress for funding U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation. On a bipartisan basis, Congress has increased funding above administration requests this year, as it has done for well over a decade. These cooperative programs—including the Arrow, David’s Sling, and Iron Dome—are critical for Israel’s defense against a growing array of missile threats and make an important contribution to U.S. missile defense programs. We applaud Congress for consistently supporting these key programs, and urge their full funding in both the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization and Appropriations Acts.