U.S. Legislators Back More Aid for Israeli Missile Shield Effort

Legislators in the United States have endorsed a measure that would grant $236 million for Israeli antimissile operations in fiscal 2012, Aviation Week reported on Tuesday (see GSN, Nov. 7).

The omnibus appropriations measure delivered by a House-Senate conference committee would set aside $13 million for Israel's Arrow 3 midrange missile defense system, as well as $47 million in additional funds for the Arrow System Improvement Program. Israel's David's Sling system would receive $69 million in aid.

“The conferees find the [Obama administration's] request insufficient and provide an additional $129,600,000 to address Israel’s security requirements,” legislators stated in a conference report. A preceding short-term budget law is due to lapse on Dec. 23 (Jen DiMascio, Aviation Week, Dec. 20).

December 21, 2011
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Legislators in the United States have endorsed a measure that would grant $236 million for Israeli antimissile operations in fiscal 2012, Aviation Week reported on Tuesday.