US House approves $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome after months-long delay
(Worthy News) – After months of delay due to internal political disputes, the US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an additional $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
The money will fund interceptor missiles for the system, many of which were used to defend the country during last year’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian terror group fired over 4,300 rockets at Israel in the space of 11 days, and Iron Dome reportedly intercepted 90 percent of those heading to populated areas. It was also used in previous rounds of fighting with Gaza.
The supplemental Iron Dome funding was folded into the $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package needed to keep the government running for the full fiscal year. Also included in the bill is the $3.8 billion in defense aid for Israel in line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by former president Barack Obama in 2015.[ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]