Pentagon wants more money for Israel’s Iron Dome

US Defense Department to ask Congress for additional funding for Israel’s short-range rocket defense system

WASHINGTON – The US Defense Department will ask Congress for additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, Ynet learned Tuesday.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement that short-range rocket defense system has been critical in recent weeks, when nearly 300 rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza.

The Iron Dome system intercepted more than 80% of its targets.

Little said the Pentagon and Israel have discussed US support for buying additional Iron Dome systems and will ask Congress for money.

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By Yitzhak Benhorin

AP contributed to this report