Finding that Israel remains under grave threat from rockets fired from Gaza and Lebanon, this bill authorizes the president to expand assistance for the Iron Dome missile defense system upon request from Israel.
It also finds that the Iron Dome missile defense system has a 90% success rate intercepting rockets from Gaza, and that it has averted mass Israeli casualties and eliminated the need to conduct a ground incursion into Gaza during cross-border violence.
The first piece of legislation introducing U.S. funding of the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system was H.R. 5327, United States-Israel Rocket and Missile Defense Cooperation and Support Act of 5/18/2010.
This measure was introduced 3 days after Israeli amb. to the U.S. Michael Oren wrote in Politico asking for additional U.S. funding for 10 more Iron Dome batteries to protect Israel from short-range rocket attacks. Oren’s op-ed followed several days of intense exchanges of rocket fire from Gaza and Israeli air strikes. He argued that the missile defense system was essential to Israel’s security and helped prevent another conflict in Gaza.
109 cosponsors (61D, 48R)
See also: companion measure S. 2325 of 4/19/12.
Last major action: 3/21/12 referred to House Cmte. on Foreign Affairs.