Gottheimer-Mast US-Israel Joint Missile Defense Act Passes House of Representatives in NDAA

Jul 14, 2017

Bipartisan Measure Will Further Develop Arrow 3 Missile Defense System

Today, Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Brian Mast (FL-18)’s bipartisan U.S.-Israel Joint Missile Defense Act to further develop the Arrow 3 missile defense system passed the House of Representatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Their bill to authorize the Secretary of Defense to conduct a test of the exoatmospheric anti-ballistic missile defense program was incorporated into the broader defense bill and passed the House on a bipartisan basis.

“We must do everything possible to stop terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. The bipartisan bill passed today will further key missile defense systems to protect Israel, our key ally in the region and buttress America’s fight against terror in the Middle East,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer.

“I chose to volunteer alongside the Israeli Defense Forces because there is undoubtedly a benefit in our two countries working together to spread the values of freedom and democracy,” Rep. Mast said. “Collaborating on security through missile defense is critical to stability not just in the Middle East, but also throughout the world. Getting our bipartisan bill passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act is a big win in the fight against terror.”

The grave threat of missile attacks on Israel has been growing in both capacity and strength. Last year, Iran successfully launched two “Qadr II” ballistic missiles at a target in southeastern Iran approximately 870 miles away, in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. The missiles were inscribed with the slogan, “Israel should be wiped off the Earth.” Hezbollah, designated by the Department of State as a terrorist organization, has an arsenal of approximately 120,000 to 150,000 rockets aimed at Israel.

In April, Congressman Gottheimer submitted testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, requesting full funding for U.S.-Israel missile defense programs Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow 3. Congressman Gottheimer’s testimony can be found HERE.


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