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May 17, 2012 6:00 pm

President Obama Orders Immediate Transfer of $70 Million for Israel’s Iron Dome

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President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office. Photo: wiki commons.

JPost – The United States will provide Israel with $70 million in immediate aid for the purchase additional Iron Dome rocket defense batteries, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced on Thursday.

Panetta made the announcement following a meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Pentagon. Barak was in Washington for talks aimed at coordinating strategy with the US ahead of the second round of talks between western powers and Iran scheduled to open next week in Baghdad.

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