U.S. continues support for Israel's Iron Dome
An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome missile system in the city of Ashdod in response to a rocket launch from the nearby Palestinian Gaza Strip on March 11, 2012.
May 17th, 2012
06:04 PM ET

U.S. continues support for Israel's Iron Dome

By Jennifer Rizzo

The United States will provide an additional $70 million to support Israel's short-range missile defense system, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday.

Panetta issued a statement saying he was directed by President Barack Obama to fill Israel's request for the cash needed to run the Iron Dome system.

The United States has already provided Israel with $205 million for the system, in addition to the roughly $3 billion given to Israel annually for security assistance. The Defense Department plans to request extra funding for Iron Dome over the next three years. An exact figure of additional assistance was not given.

Israel's Iron Dome is a portable anti-rocket system built to take down short-range missiles. First deployed in April 2011, the system targets incoming rockets it identifies as possible threats to city centers and fires an interceptor missile to destroy them in the air.

In March, Iron Dome was responsible for taking down 80% of the several hundred rockets directed toward Israel, Pentagon spokesman George Little said at a Thursday news conference.

"It's a proven system," Little said. "Missile defense is important to Israel and we're committed to supporting the Israelis."

The announcement came after a meeting at the Pentagon between Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

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    January 31, 2013 at 5:14 am | Reply
  2. Dad Clark

    Israelites, always outnumbered, always kicked bootie. Star of David on their flag, he was undefeated, slew the phillistine goliath. Samson ripped the egyptian gates off bar and all and carried them 20 or more miles away to the top of a mountain. God was with them. He will always be with Israel. They will never be utterly destroyed, impossible. Remember the plagues on egypt. LET MY PEOPLE GO, said Moses. The parting of the red sea, of course it happened. Wise up

    May 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • David G.

      Speaking of "Samson" .

      You do know that Israel has stated that they intend to become the ultimate suicide terrorist bomber and destroy the world with their nukes before Israel falls? No country will be immune from their attack including the USA. You need to read about the Samson Option. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_Option

      Why is Israel not facing massive worldwide sanctions and having their nuclear weapons confiscated for stating such a reckless anti-humanity policy? Secondly why is the USA supporting with money we don't have what Israel itself has stated could be the murderer of millions of Americans.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        One can find incredibly bizarre stories on the Internet and other places... Some of them include the horrible
        Zio nist of Khartoum" tale about an Israeli agent who was walking at the Khartoum market shaing hands with the merchants. The next day all those merchants lost their penises... Another story tells us about the murderous Israeli army girls showing their bodies to Palestinians and then pulling machine guns out of their mini bikinis and shooting those who came too close. Still another story tells us about Israelis who decided to sink an American ship USS Liberty in June, 1967 for no apparent reason and conspired with the President, the Secretary of Defense and the top US military brass to do it... One can find a lot on the Internet but not every story there is true.

        May 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  3. Billy Jack

    It is impossible to defeat Israel as the worlds armies will find out, when dad steps in, bank on it. The muslims get ate up read the book, half the city then a big surprise from on high, heavens forces. Wanna bet?

    May 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  4. Billy Jack

    Like Netanyahu says Jesus had to come from SOMEWHERE

    May 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  5. Mark

    United Slaves of Israel

    nice ring to it.

    May 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  6. Jannani

    US should use the much needed money at home rather than spending for Israel. Several states are facing 50 billion dollar budget short fall.

    May 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      The US aid to the Arab countries is FIVE TIMES greater than the aid to Israel. Don't you have a problem with that? By the way, it seems that NOT supporting Israel may cost the US much more than supporting it and the leaders of the country realize it. Otherwise WHY would they support the Jewish State?

      May 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • Cuz

        Cuz the jews pull their strings. Duuuuuh!

        May 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Cuz... Are you sure that it's the Jews who "pull their strings" to give FIVE TIMES MORE aid to the Arabs?

        May 19, 2012 at 5:08 am |
  7. Thinker23

    BuzzK... As long as you're UNABLE to explain what you DISAGREE with in my statements it means that YOU AGREE WITH EVERY WORDI'VE SAID... By the way, the meaning of "Hasbara" is EXPLANATION. It seems that you need a lot of it.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
  8. BuzzK

    Israel is a rich & greedy nation of shameless beggars....You would think such schnorrering would be met with contempt in washington....but you can see the power of the Israeli lobby...They will suck America's blood until the country is a hollow shelll....to lie, steal and kill more muslims....zionism's racist mission.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Cory Thatcher

      No Isreali every attacked my country. I judge a people and country by what they do, I support Isreal.

      May 18, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • nambi

      How many Billions does Israel give the the US? It's expensive to be Israel's "friend" and the benefits are beyond me

      May 18, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Nambi... The US aid to the Arab countries is FIVE TIMES greater than the aid to Israel. Can you explain the benefits the US gets from the Arab countries?

        May 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • Cuz

        Oil. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuh!!!!!!!!!!

        May 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Cuz... The US BUYS OIL from the Arab states. Most Americans (and the rest of the world) pay FOUR TIMES MORE for the gas today than they've paid five years ago... and five years ago the Arab and Iranian producers of oil did not lose money either. Somehow I do not see Arab and Iranian oil as a "benefit" given to the West. It is rather a rip off.

        May 19, 2012 at 5:12 am |
  9. Robert

    Straping your kids with explosives to kill civilians is not a diplomatic solution. If you keep using the same formula for 64 years without result, you are your enemy, not the Jews! lol

    May 18, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • BuzzK

      BS Robert.....when your country is occupied by zio nist invaders who get blank checks from America to spend on weapons .... you do what ever you can to defend yourself. POOR ISRAEL!!!

      ALWAYS kills 10x more innocent civilians, women and children....always....
      Your lies are transparent.

      May 18, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        BuzzK... You, continue complaining about "your country occupied by zio nist invaders" but you're unable to NAME this non-existing "country" and you can not explain the reasons that "occupied" country is YOURS. Further, as long as the Palestinians are wiling the war to continue it will continue and more Palestinians will be killed. When the number of dead Palestinians will satisfy those still alive they will ask for peace.

        May 18, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  10. heeeey

    US- promoting and funding terrorism since who knows when

    May 18, 2012 at 3:56 am | Reply
  11. asad

    more money for the god damn jews like they dont have enough seriously give some aid to the palistenians but no the Isreal need money to defend them selfs give more and more to them and the jews just stabs you in the back like always but people dont see that

    May 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      God bless the Jews and God bless the Palestinians. They both have a right to live there. Peace.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
      • BuzzK

        #Hasbara

        May 18, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      You are an idiot. If people get killed by rockets, the Israelis may just erase the settlements and start world war three right over there. At least the jews actually share intelligence and technology as well as training with us, what about every Arab countyr that gets "aid" but only send out bombs in return. 3 billion a year is chump change to what the Arabs get

      May 18, 2012 at 1:10 am | Reply
      • michaelfury

        http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/investor-relations/

        May 18, 2012 at 7:41 am |
      • BuzzK

        #Hasbara 2

        May 18, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Thinker23

      Asad... If the Palestinians did not like the current arrangement they would NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL long ago. As a result they would have peace, a sovereign state of their own and more aid than they could ever dream about. It's unfortunate that killing as many of those "damn jews" as possible is more important for them than having peace, a state and aid.

      May 18, 2012 at 5:49 am | Reply
      • BuzzK

        #Hasbara 3

        May 18, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • BuzzK

      Israel is a rich & greedy nation of shameless beggars....You would think such schnorrering would be met with contempt in washington....but you can see the power of the Israeli lobby...They will suck America's blood until the country is a hollow shelll....to lie, steal and kill more muslims....zio nism's main mission.

      May 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      The Jews will defend themselves and their country even witohut US aid. Of course, if there was no US aid Israel would have to use less expensive and less precise but no less effective ways to fight their enemies. For example, instead of using attack helicopters and laser guided missiles to destroy the room where a group of terrorists is hiding they would use tanks and artillery to destroy the city block where that room is located. Are you sure tha THIS is what you want?

      May 18, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • nambi

      15 People in over 14 years have been killed in Israel to date from Palestinian rockets. Israel killed over 1500 people 800 civilians in 23 days in the last Gaza massacre in "response" to rocket attacks. Israel is hardly a victim here. Who is occupying who? Do the Palestinians not have a right to live in peace away from the illegal Israeli occupation?

      May 18, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Nambi... If the Palestinians wanted to live in peace they would do just that. It's unfortunate that they prefer a war instead... and as long as the Palestinians are willing the war to continue it will continue and more Palestinians will be killed. When the number of dead Palestinians will satisfy those still alive they will ask for peace. Then Israel and the Palestinians will NEGOTIATE a peace agreement, the war will end and with it will end the (PERFECTLY LEGAL during a war) the occupation.

        May 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm |

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