Israel may receive from the US desired $1B for air defense
WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, the US government withdrew $ 1 billion from total government spending on Israel’s air defenses. However, this turned out to be only a “technical delay”, according to the leader of the majority in the US House of Representatives, Stenny Hoyer. Late Wednesday night [September 22nd], Democrats introduced a separate law for the same amount. This means that if the law is passed, Israel will receive $ 1 billion for its air defense.
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Tel Aviv will use the money to buy new Iron Dome air defense systems. Analysts say the “rocket war” between Israel and Gaza in May this year showed that Israel’s defense needs more systems. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that during these clashes, hundreds of rockets were fired from Gaza in the direction of Israel. The Iron Dome is a key part of Israel’s entire air defenses and provides security for the local population if a missile is fired. Bulgarianmilitary.com reminds you that the Iron Dome air defense system intercepts and launches only missiles that, according to the preliminary trajectory, would hit a settlement or a strategic site.
The U.S. Democrats introduced stand-alone legislation late Wednesday to provide Israel with $ 1 billion for its Iron Dome missile defense system after funding was cut by government spending amid pressure from progressive lawmakers.
“The United States’ commitment to the security of our friend and ally Israel is ironclad. Replenishing interceptors used to protect Israel from attacks is our legal and moral responsibility,” House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro, the Connecticut Democrat who introduced the bill, said in a statement Wednesday.
In recent years, it has become a tradition for the money to finance Israeli defense from the US budget to be included in a package of common expenses at the end of the calendar year. This has led to pressure from several pro-Israel groups in the United States. However, now this funding has been withdrawn from the general bill on expenditures, which requires its formation as a separate law.
The United States stressed and reaffirmed the position of the Americans that they will continue to help Israel to deal with its security and respond to threats. There is an opinion among some Israeli analysts and politicians that Benjamin Netanyahu’s previous rule in the country has damaged bilateral relations.
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