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April 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) and Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) introduced the Defend Israel Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that would accelerate appropriations funding for the State of Israel’s anti-missile defense systems. Both members released the following statement after introducing the bill:

“I’m proud to work across the aisle to reaffirm our country’s long-standing support for the State of Israel,” said Congresswoman Jacky Rosen.

“As our only democratic ally in the Middle East, it is imperative that we provide Israel with the funding that it needs to defend itself from the frequent barrage of attacks Israeli civilians face on a constant basis. Beyond championing democratic values, both the U.S. and Israel have benefitted from a strategic partnership in which they share vital intelligence information and innovative technology to help strengthen our armed forces and fight against global threats.”

“Israel is an indispensable ally of the United States. We have a multi-faceted and mutually-beneficial technological, intelligence, military, and security partnership with our strongest friend in the Middle East,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn.

“That is why It is so important to make sure that Israel has the funding required for the anti-missile defense systems it needs to protect itself. Not only does this technology protect a friend and ally from the near-constant threat of terrorist attacks, it provides vital data and experience that we utilize within our own missile defense system.”

On February 27, 2017, Hamas launched several high-trajectory rocket attacks on Israel followed by numerous rocket launches over the last two and a half years. Experts estimate that Hamas has thousands of rockets in its arsenal. The State of Israel has been under grave threat and frequent attack from missiles, rockets, and mortar shells fired at Israeli civilian targets by militants from the foreign terrorist organization Hamas on its southern border and by the foreign terrorist organization Hezbollah on its northern border. The Defend Israel Act of 2017 would accelerate funding of $705.8 million in Fiscal Year 2018 for Israeli anti-missile defense systems.