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US Gives Israel an Immediate $70 million for “Iron Dome” Systems

By Heidi Williams | IMEMC & Agencies | May 18, 2012

The Arab 48 News Agency reported today that US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, announced on Thursday that the United States will provide Israel with $70 million in immediate aid for the purchase of additional Iron Dome rocket defense batteries. This was needed for Israel to meet its fiscal requirements for 2012. In addition, he said that the US was in talks with Israel about the possibility of establishing a multi-year budget plan to assist Israel in purchasing additional batteries.

Panetta made the announcement following a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Pentagon. Barak was in Washington for talks aimed at coordinating strategy with the US ahead of the second round of talks between western powers and Iran scheduled to open next week in Baghdad.

Since the deployment of the system last year, Iron Dome batteries have intercepted over 90 Katyusha and Kassam rockets fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

The new aid package comes after the Obama administration gave Israel $205 million in 2011 and comes on top of the $3 billion Israel receives in annual foreign aid from the United States.

Barak thanked the US for its support and said that Israeli-US defense ties had never been as strong as they were today under the Obama administration. “The US decision to support further enhancing Israel’s security is an important demonstration of the unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel,” Barak said.

In an interview late Wednesday, Barak told CNN the United States and Israel are essentially “on the same page” over the Iranian nuclear program. “We say loud and clear, the Americans say the same, the president says the same – a nuclear military Iran is unacceptable,” he said. “We are determined to prevent them from turning nuclear. And that no option except for containment, no option should be removed off the table in order to achieve this objective.”

May 18, 2012 - Posted by | Militarism, Progressive Hypocrite, Wars for Israel | , , , , ,


  1. And their are 80,000 homeless Americans in L.A. alone. Our “leader” are nothing more than puppets for Nazi Israel, they should all be tared and feathered for their lack of loyalty.

    Comment by Jay Colbe, "a True Jew" | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  2. When are Americans going to realize that the U.S. is a close ally of Israel but Israel is not an ally of the U.S. The amount of money that we have given them is staggering. We even give Egypt billions as a bribe to maintain the peace with Israel. They use our weapons to kill Palestinians. They attacked an American ship in international waters (U.S.S. Liberty) and killed 34 U.S servicemen in an attempt to blame Egypt and drag the U.S. into their 1967 war. Very few Americans even know about the event because it was kept out of the news by the Jewish controlled media. The BBC documentary about the attack called “Dead in the Water” is on YouTube. There was never a Congressional hearing. The Israelis have an extensive espionage operation against the U.S. unlike many of our real allies ( ) During the cold war they traded super sensitive U.S. secrets to Russia in return for allowing more Jews to emigrate. I could go on and on but its hopeless because the U.S. media is so well controlled by Jews that nothing will ever change. NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED.

    Comment by Mike Stoneill | July 29, 2012 | Reply

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