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Obama OKs money for Israel missiles

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The Obama administration authorized $205 million to allow Israel to complete its Iron Dome short-range missile defense system.

“As the president has repeatedly said, our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakable and our defense relationship is stronger than ever,” a statement from the White House said.

“The president recognizes the threat missiles and rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah pose to Israelis, and has therefore decided to seek funding from Congress to support the production of Israel’s short range rocket defense system called Iron Dome.”

A senior administration said the figure $205 million was over and above the $3 billion that the United States annually allocates to Israel in defense assistance.

The Obama administration is sustaining and in some cases enhancing defense assistance to Israel partly as a means to encourage Israel to advance peace talks with the Palestinians. — jta


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Posted by Jack Kessler
05/31/2010  at  01:14 PM
At last....

The administration seems at last to have remembered its election campaign pledges to support Israel. 

That they remembered only when faced with large-scale defections of Jewish Democrats in key states in the November elections is not to their credit.

But then, when have politicians NOT been cynical and duplicitous? 

It suffices that they have belatedly started to come around.

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