House Bolsters U.S. Support for Vital Israel Defense Programs
AIPAC commends the U.S. House of Representatives for significantly bolstering its support of U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation in the fiscal 2017 defense appropriations bill. The House appropriated $635.7 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense programs, which will help Israel defend its citizens against rocket and missile threats, and contribute to America's missile defense programs.
The bill specifically includes:
- $268.7 million in research and development funding for U.S.-Israel cooperative missile and rocket defense programs;
- $25 million in research and development funding for U.S.-Israel directed energy activities, such as laser technologies, to combat missiles and rockets;
- $72 million for procurement of the Iron Dome rocket defense system;
- $150 million for procurement of the David's Sling missile defense system; and
- $120 million for procurement of the Arrow-3 missile defense system.
The measure provides for a significant portion of these procurement funds to be spent in the United States. In addition, the House included $42.7 million for U.S.-Israel anti-tunnel cooperation to continue developing technologies for dealing with the complex challenge of locating, mapping and destroying terrorist tunnel networks.
AIPAC applauds the leadership of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) and House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Peter Visclosky (D-IN) who ensured that these critical programs were included in the legislation. As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these vital funds in the final versions of the Fiscal Year 2017 defense authorization and appropriations bills.