House Committee Triples Israeli Missile Budget

YERUSHALAYIM -

The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee authorized triple the amount requested by President Obama for missile defense collaboration with Israel, the JTA reported on Thursday.

The increase in the National Defense Authorization Act from $96 million to $284 million includes an additional $15 million in funding for Iron Dome as well.

An amendment attached by Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) calls for deeper U.S. involvement in developing the system.

Until now, Israel has had proprietary rights over the Iron Dome missile defense system. A number of lawmakers have sought to involve the United States in Iron Dome’s development as the funding for the program has expanded.

Allocations for missile defense are authorized separately from the approximately $3 billion in annual military assistance Israel receives from the United States.