The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $621.6 million in U.S. funding for Israelâs missile defense program, Â Yeshiva World News reported Thursday.
The cooperation seeks to strengthen security in the Mideast region and ensures continued development of the Iron Dome, an all-weather mobile air defense system capable of neutralizing short-range projectiles from Lebanon and Gaza.
More than half of the budget will fund the Iron Dome, which Senator Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said has already saved countless lives in recent weeks.
âStrengthening U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation is critical to ensuring one of our closest democratic allies can defend itself from terrorism,â he added.
Kirk helped shore up full funding for the U.S.-Israeli initiative in collaboration with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.