White House, Pentagon Back More Iron Dome Funding for Israel
WSJ – A day after President Barack Obama drew fire for missile-defense remarks, the administration is winning points from some Israel supporters after the Pentagon threw its support Tuesday behind new funding for an Israeli defensive system that recently countered barrage of rockets from Palestinian militants.
At issue is Iron Dome, a system designed to stop short-range missiles. In 2011, Iron Dome, made by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., received $205 million in U.S. funding. In a statement Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman George Little said the U.S. Defense Department was in discussions with the Israeli government about additional funding to procure more Iron Dome systems – and would ask Congress to provide “an appropriate level of funding” for more production.