Last Update 15:21
Monday, 20 November 2017

US House approves Israel missile defence aid

In the latest show of US-Israeli military cooperation, the US House approved more than $200 million to help Israel deploy a short-range anti-missile defence system called "Iron Dome"

AFP, Thursday 9 Dec 2010
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1005
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1005

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved more than $200 million to help Israel deploy a short-range anti-missile defence system called "Iron Dome."

The money was included in a catch-all spending bill covering government expenses in the fiscal year that began 1 October, which cleared the House by a 212-206 margin and now heads to the Senate.

"This is only the latest example that when it comes to defence, military, and intelligence cooperation, the relationship between the US and Israel has never been stronger," said Democratic Representative Steve Rothman.

Israel completed tests in January on its Iron Dome system, designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells fired at Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah. The next phase is to integrate the system into the army. Israel hopes the Iron Dome will help counter rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and from Lebanon.

Palestinian militants have fired thousands of home-made rockets into southern Israel, prompting Israel's devastating assault on Hamas in Gaza on 27 December 2008.

The Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah also fired some 4,000 rockets into northern Israel during a 2006 war with Israel. The group is believed to have an arsenal of some 40,000 rockets.

"This funding sends a strong message, to both our enemies and allies, by providing more total dollars than ever before toward these rocket and missile defence programs," said Rothman, a key backer of the funding.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.