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U.S. pledges record $705 million in missile defense aid to Israel

Israel Materials 26 March 2018 13:07 (UTC +04:00)
The United States Congress has dramatically increased its budget for the Israeli missile defense programs
U.S. pledges record $705 million in missile defense aid to Israel

The United States Congress has dramatically increased its budget for the Israeli missile defense programs to by $148 million to include Iron Dome and Arrow 3 development, The Jerusalem Post reported.

"I am pleased and excited to announce that the US Congress has approved a record sum for Israel's missile defense program: $705 million in 2018!” Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced Monday.

According to Israel’s defense ministry, the increase of funding was requested for production of the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow-3 missile defense systems.

Together, the systems provide Israel with a protective umbrella able to counter threats posed by both short and mid-range missiles used by Gaza terror groups and Hezbollah as well as the threat posed by more sophisticated long-range Iranian ballistic missiles.

The increase in the budget will also be used for further trials of all systems as Israel and the US continue to develop additional capabilities for them against future aerial threats.

“I thank our great friend the United States, which has invested $6.5 billion to defend the skies of the State of Israel. We are grateful for the assistance and uncompromising commitment of the administration and Congress to Israel's security. Tomorrow in Jerusalem I will meet with a delegation of congressmen headed by Israel's friend Nancy Pelosi, and will thank them personally,” Liberman continued.

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