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House of Rep's pass security bill for Israel

4y ago


On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that reaffirms and enhances US policy commitments to Israel's security. The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which was sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor and House Minority Rep. Steny Hoyer passed by a vote of 411-2. In addition to expanding military cooperation between the two countries, the legislation states that it will be US policy to provide Israel with essential military capabilities to preserve its qualitative military edge in the region. Some provisions appear aimed at assisting Israel particularly in any possible confrontation with Iran. The legislation recommends that the United States provide Israel with "air refueling tankers, missile defense capabilities, and specialized munitions. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee which lobbied for this legislation during its annual policy conference in March, released a statement applauding the bipartisan support for the legislation.