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July 28, 2016 9:54 am

Group of Senators Call on US to Increase Funding for Israeli Missile Defense

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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’s Iron Dome. Senators are urging the US to add an additional $320 million in funding for Israeli missile defense. Photo: Matanya via Wikimedia Commons.

A bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is urging that an additional $320 million for Israeli missile defense be added to a defense bill.

“Amid growing rocket and missile threats in the Middle East, it is prudent for the United States and Israel to advance and accelerate bilateral cooperation on missile defense technologies,” the senators said in a letter to the Armed Services Committee chairmen that was first obtained by The Hill. 

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