House Committee Adopts Important
Israel Security Assistance Legislation
AIPAC applauds the House Foreign Affairs Committee for adopting the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5141), which seeks to ensure that Israel has the means to defend itself, by itself, against growing threats—most significantly Iran’s presence on its northern border. This bipartisan legislation authorizes agreed-upon increases in Israel’s security assistance and encourages expanding weapons stockpiles and new U.S.-Israel cooperation in anti-drone technologies, cybersecurity and space.
Major provisions include:
- Authorizing U.S. security assistance for Israel, as called for in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding on security assistance.
- Authorizing a joint assessment of the quantity and type of precision-guided munitions necessary for Israel to defend itself against Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups; mandating rapid acquisition and deployment procedures for such munitions.
- Extending authorization for the U.S. War Reserve Stockpile in Israel by five years and authorizing an additional $1 billion in stocks; authorizing the president to add precision-guided munitions to the stockpile for potential Israeli use in a conflict with Hezbollah.
- Establishing a U.S.-Israel cybersecurity research and development grant program.
- Urging the NASA administrator to continue working with the Israel Space Agency to identify and cooperatively pursue peaceful space exploration and science initiatives.
AIPAC appreciates the leadership of Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) along with the authors of the bill, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL). We urge the full House to adopt this important measure.
- Authorizing the president to establish a counter-drone program with Israel.