Pentagon wants more money for Israel´s Iron Dome (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yitzhak Benhorin Published: 03.27.12, 22:08)
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US Defense Department to ask Congress for additional funding for
Israel´s short-range rocket defense system
WASHINGTON – The US Defense Department will ask Congress for
additional funding for Israel´s Iron Dome defense system, Ynet
Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement that short-
range rocket defense system has been critical in recent weeks, when
nearly 300 rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza.
The Iron Dome system intercepted more than 80% of its targets.
Little said the Pentagon and Israel have discussed US support for
buying additional Iron Dome systems and will ask Congress for money.
The Iron Dome system received $205 million in 2011. The current
budget has no money for the program.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak welcomed the statement, which he said
reflects US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta´s willingness to assist
Israel is purchasing additional barratries.
"The American decision is further reflects that depth of Israel-US
defense relations and it´s a badge of honor to Israel´s military
industries, which developed Iron Dome.
"I welcome the American administration´s decision to aid in
bolstering Israel´s security," he said. AP contributed to this report
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