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March 6, 2015 11:25 am

Israel Asks Congress for More Missile Defense Aid

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Israel's Iron Dome launches a missile to intercept a Gaza rocket during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012. Photo: Matanya via Wikimedia Commons.

Israel reportedly asked the US Congress for more than $300 million for the country's missile defense programs. Photo: Matanya via Wikimedia Commons.

CNN – Publicly the U.S. and Israel have been clashing over Iran’s nuclear program, but quietly Israelis have been making another appeal: getting more U.S. funds for missile defense systems to defend against Iran’s growing ballistic missile program.

A Republican congressional source told CNN that the Israelis are asking lawmakers to approve more than $300 million in additional U.S. funding for missile defense systems, above the $155 million the Pentagon is already requesting from Congress.

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