Israel thanks Obama for security agreement

AFP , Saturday 28 Jul 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak welcomes a law signed by US president Obama, which gives Israel preferential access to US arms and munitions

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak thanked US President Barack Obama for his decision to reinforce security and military cooperation with the Jewish state, his office said on Saturday.

"Mr Barak welcomes President Obama's decision to sign a law reinforcing cooperation in defence affairs between America and Israel, including the decision to grant an extra $70 million in aid towards the 'Iron Dome' project," his office said in a statement.

"This new law... is a new expression of the ongoing support of the (Obama) administration and the US Congress towards the security of the state of Israel," it added.

Obama signed the law on Friday surrounded in the Oval Office by representatives of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC and by US lawmakers.

He said the law, which gives Israel preferential access to US arms and munitions, "underscores our unshakable commitment to Israel's security."

The US leader also saluted the $70 million contribution this year to the Iron Dome missile defence system, designed to protect Israel against rocket attacks from Islamist militants in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

The project has received $205 million in US funding since its inception.

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