Senate allocates $350 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

VP Joe Biden said that since Obama became president, the U.S. has transferred Israel $17 billion in military defense aid. The U.S. allocates $3 billion in aid annually.

By Yoni Hirsch

 

The U.S. Senate approved the 2015 defense budget on Friday, which includes $350 million in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system.

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system will receive $350 million in aid from the U.S. in 2015 [Archive] – Photo: AP

The budget was passed with 89 votes in favor and only 11 opposed. Beyond the financing for Iron Dome, the new defense budget includes $64 billion in funding for military operations outside of the U.S., of which $5 billion are to go to the fight against the Islamic State group.

Despite tensions between their governments, the military relationship Israel and the U.S. has never been better. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said earlier in December that since Barack Obama became president, the U.S. has transferred Israel $17 billion in defense aid. The U.S. gives Israel $3 billion in aid annually.

 

View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=22119

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