Congress members call on US Army to buy Iron Dome

By Taboola | Globes Online |

Iron Dome photo: Shaul Golan

A letter from Congress members Grace Meng and Peter Roskam, co-signed by 40 colleagues, also calls for $500 million to be allocated to development of Israeli missile defense systems.

Dozens of members of the US Congress have called on the US military to examine the purchase of Iron Dome short-range rocket interception systems from Israel immediately. In a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense co-signed by 40 members of Congress, Grace Meng (Democrat, New York) and Peter Roskam (Republican, Illinois) also call for a budget of $500 million for support of Israeli missile and rocket defense systems in the 2019 fiscal year.

Roskam said in a press release, “US-Israel missile defense cooperation is a critical investment in the safety and security of Israel and stability in the Middle East. “This cooperation improves Israel’s ability to defend its citizens and the US Army’s recent tests of Iron Dome is a clear indication that our own forces can benefit from this battle-proven technology.”

The letter itself states, “We also envision the possibility of utilizing US-Israeli missile defense systems beyond the Middle East. Today, our forces face challenges from an emboldened, aggressive, and increasingly militarized Russia, North Korea, and other adversaries heightening our immediate need for advanced missile defense systems to protect our forward-based forces and key fixed installations.

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