House passed bill on expanded U.S.-Israeli military cooperation
(JTA) -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to strengthen security cooperation between the United States and Israel.
The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, S. 2165, an amended version of a House bill that was approved in May, passed in a voice vote on July 17 and now awaits President Obama’s signature.
"We will send this bipartisan bill to the president and deliver the message that during this pivotal and dangerous period in the Middle East, the United States stands tall for our ally Israel," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, according to TheHill.com.
The Senate added language in late June that extends the authority of the United States to store weapons in Israel that it could give to Israel in an emergency. The bill also calls on the United States to produce another Iron Dome missile defense system for Israel to intercept short-range missiles, and to study how the United States could speed the sale of F-35 fighter planes to Israel.
The new bill restates the U.S. commitment to supply Israel with arms to defend itself along with pledges to fight anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations.
AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commended the House’s passage of the bill, saying in a statement, "The United States benefits greatly through enhanced cooperation with Israel. This bipartisan bill recommends new avenues to grow and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship in the fields of missile defense, homeland security, energy, intelligence, and cyber-security."
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