May 14th, 2010
12:10 PM ET

Obama wants money to help Israel build defense system

The White House is asking Congress to approve $205 million to help Israel build a new short-range rocket defense system, Obama administration officials confirmed Friday.Called the Iron Dome, the security system "addresses Israelis' worries about errant rockets being fired into their homes" and is designed to intercept incoming rockets fired from Lebanon and Gaza, a senior administration official said.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor explained the administration's rationale, saying, "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."

Two senior administration officials said the $205 million would be in addition to the $3 billion the United States spends each year to promote Israel's defense.

"As the president has repeatedly said," Vietor added, "our commitment to Israel's security is unshakable and our defense relationship is stronger than ever. The United States and our ally Israel share many of the same security challenges, from combating terrorism to confronting the threat posed by Iran's nuclear-weapons program."

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  1. Allen

    NO MORE MONEY FOR ISRAEL, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.... LET THEM DEAL WITH THEIR OWN GARBAGE, WHY US TAX PAYERS MONEY HAVE TO BE USED TO SUPPORT THEIR ILLEGAL SETTLEMENT AND BRUTAL ACT TWARD PALESTINIANS? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.... WAKE UP AMERICA!

    May 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alas And Alack

    They (parasites) will get anything they want and more; until the Israeli Occupied Territory of Washington D.C. is cleaned out. Any politician and evangelist who loves Israel more than the U.S. of A. should be given a rifle and air dropped into the settlements in the West Bank or Gaza so they can defend them with their lives. Rahm Emmanuel actually went to fight for Israel during the 1st Gulf war; why did he not enlist in the Marines and fight alongside us? When will you all realize this little parasite is killing our way of life and sucking our blood dry??

    June 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bobby

    Obama, you are such a disappointment. I thought you were different and would stand up to the Israeli lobby. It's unbelievable that we can't get a US president that puts US interests first.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zaza

    @Bobby- I totally agree, although i wouldn't say Obama is a disappointment. What is in fact disappointing is how the american people sit back and watch their govement throw away $$$ that could be used to maintain jobless people. This country needs to stop supporting a tyran such as Israel. Their problems are not ours. If we have any problems with what most call "Islamic countries" it is because of our association with Israel.

    July 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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