U.S. Approves $70 Million in Iron Dome Aid (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/17/12)
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The United States will immediately give Israel $70 million for
additional Iron Dome batteries, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon
Panetta told Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in a meeting between
the two Thursday.
Washington has already given Israel $205 million for the Iron Dome
systems. Panetta said: "Our goal is to ensure that Israel has the
necessary financing every year in order to produce these batteries
that protect its citizens."
Barak, who met Panetta in Washington, thanked him for American
defense aid to Israel. The two men met for an hour.
"On behalf of the nation in Israel I want to express my gratitude to
President Barack Obama and the American administration for the
security aid to Israel, for their complete commitment to the security
of Israel and for the additional aid recently approved for purchasing
Iron Dome batteries," Barak said. "Security relations between the
United States and Israel were never stronger than they are now."
"The additional aid for purchasing Iron Dome was given at a very
important time and we are grateful for it," he added. "The Iron Dome
batteries give us, in the political tier, more diplomatic maneuvering
room, and will help prevent an escalation toward war."
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/17/12)
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