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US lawmakers boost funding for Israel's Iron Dome
Published Wednesday 16/07/2014 (updated) 17/07/2014 12:56
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An Israeli soldier sits next to an anti-missile radar in the north of
Israel on Aug. 29, 2013 (AFP/File Menahem Kahana)
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a 50 percent funding boost for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The measure, if it becomes law, would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense programs for the 2015 fiscal year starting in October, including $351 million for the short-range Iron Dome system that has been put to the test over the past eight days.

Congress appropriated $235 million to Iron Dome last year.

The White House had requested about $176 million for the system for 2015, but lawmakers doubled the amount. Congress often increases funding for Israeli security projects sought by the president.

The funding is part of the administration's request of $3.1 billion for military assistance to Israel, the world's largest beneficiary of US foreign aid.

In May, the House of Representatives adopted its own National Defense Authorization Act, which matches the Senate's Iron Dome funding proposal.

The Senate measure is part of an overall Defense Department spending bill backed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday that commits $549.3 billion to military operations for 2015.

The package keeps several Pentagon projects that had been on the chopping block, including the tank-killing A-10 planes Senator John McCain described as "the best close-air support weapon in our nation's arsenal."

The measure still has to be approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and the full Senate.
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1 ) Loga Nathan G / India
20/07/2014 12:59
Well done Hamas, Some US Law makers had doubt about "IRON DOOM" Project. Now HAMAS proved beyond doubt, the IRON DOOM system works perfectly. ISRAEL benefited - Fund allocation - employment - Industrial & research & development on defense. while HAMAS killing their own people.

2 ) Maureen / Australia
21/07/2014 23:41
Poor Goy slaves have more of their tax dollars sent to the ziowarmongers in Israel.

3 ) GUSTAVO / ARGENTINA
25/07/2014 00:33
It is a shame , while spend billions for slaughtering people, we a country of 40 millions people are threaten by default by a zionist lobby in NY if we not pay a debt of 1500 millons to a abusive demander, all of them zionist, obviouy

4 ) Jennie / New Zealand
28/07/2014 05:30
Isnt it Gaza which needs the Iron Dome ? Also the USA tax payers have still not recontructed New Orleans after Hurricain Katrina. But a few Israelis losing sleep while stealing land .??? Cant have that can we.

5 ) Dan / USA
31/07/2014 04:44
I read just today that the Iron Dome makers in Israel have been heavily hacked by China because of poor security. Most of it was developed by Boeing in the USA, which transferred the info. to Israel. Apparently most of the solid blueprints etc of the US Arrow 3 missile, were part of this haul by Chinese military hackers. We are spending hundreds of millions on a system that is already compromised, for a foreign country, but we refused last week to fund more border security.
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