US House gives green light to $500 million missile defense aid for Israel

The assistance, including funding for the Iron Dome and Arrow systems, is part of a package of over $1 trillion in appropriations      

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The US House of Representatives on Friday approved $500 million worth of missile defense assistance to Israel as part of a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill for various departments. 

Under a spending package, the House green-lighted $73 million for the procurement of the Iron Dome defense system to counter short-range rocket threats, $177 million for the Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense program, $77 million for co-production of the Arrow 3 Upper Tier system; and $173,000,000 for the Arrow System Improvement Program. The Defense Department appropriations are for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021.

The assistance to Israel also includes $4 million for joint collaboration on coronavirus research, $6 million for cooperative programs on water and energy, and $47.5 million in anti-tunnel technology cooperation. 

The bill will now be taken up by the Senate, where it is expected to be amended before being passed.