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(Worthy News) - As US opponents of the nuclear deal with Iran decried its de facto approval by the Senate on Thursday, administration officials sought to assuage fears that Washington was abandoning its regional allies, promising increased defense cooperation with Israel and Gulf states.
US Navy Vice Admiral James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said the US and Israel would soon sign a draft deal on the production of the jointly developed David’s Sling system, Reuters reported.
Robert Scher, assistant defense secretary for strategy, plans and capabilities, noted that Washington has provided Israel with $3 billion in funds for missile-defense programs since 2001.
David’s Sling, also known as Magic Wand, was designed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the US defense firm Raytheon to thwart rockets and missiles fired from 100-300 kilometers (62-186 miles) away. [ Source ]