Skip to comments.House approves defense aid to Israel despite veto threat
Posted on 06/16/2016 11:06:35 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
The United States House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $576 billion defense spending bill which includes $635.7 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense programs, despite a threat by the Obama administration to veto the bill, The Jewish Insider reports.
The fiscal 2017 defense appropriations bill includes $268.7 million in research and development funding for U.S.-Israel cooperative missile and rocket defense programs; $25 million in research and development funding for U.S.-Israel directed energy activities, such as laser technologies, to combat missiles and rockets; $72 million for procurement of the Iron Dome rocket defense system; $150 million for procurement of the Davids Sling missile defense system; and $120 million for procurement of the Arrow-3 missile defense system.
It passed by a majority of 282-138, noted the report.
In addition, the House included $42.7 million for U.S.-Israel anti-tunnel cooperation to continue developing technologies for dealing with the challenge of locating, mapping and destroying terrorist tunnel networks from Gaza.
The passing of the bill comes despite the fact that earlier this week, the White House announced its objection to the Congressional proposal to increase funding for Israeli missile defense in 2017.
White House officials on Wednesday night played down the statement objecting to the proposal, explaining that the administration believes any additional aid to Israel should be part of the 10-year military aid agreement the two countries are now negotiating, and not in the 2017 defense budget, as Congress proposed.
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby defended the administrations opposition to the funding increase...
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Since Kerry/obama gave Iran carte blanche to develop nuclear weapons, this is the least we can do for Israel - a former loyal and trusted ally we have doomed.
Give them more.
Of course the Obungler wants to veto it. He is on the Muzzie’s side
Three times in a month some joker from Zero's regime has claimed that Israel is to receive the largest aid package of any country in history, but somehow managed to not mention the part about "unless Obama vetoes it."
The anti-tunnel technology will come in handy for our own borders.
I hope Israel adds more and improves the Iron Dome systems.
(sorry, couldn’t resist! think of certain type yelling, “A LIGHT CAME FROM THE SKY AND SMOKED MOHAMMED WHEN HE TRIED TO FIRE THE ROCKET!”)
Give Iran 158 billion and Israel, nothing? Sounds like something odumbo would do.
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We just gave Iran $150 billion for their nuclear and missle programs, the last thing we want to do is help Israel knock them out of the sky.
The President would prefer anti-fence technology.
Any wonder why Israel is turning to Russia?
;’) “Ahmed? What’s that whistling noi-” [ka-boom!]