Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed satisfaction at the decision by Congress last week to authorize $235 million in military assistance to Israel. The money will be used to developed technology to deflect missiles. The funds are part of a special allocation to enable Israel to develop new and better solutions to build anti-missile defense systems. As always, Israel will share the fruits of developments made using such funds with the U.S., thus enhancing both countries' defense systems.
Barak said that “the Congressional aid is another peg in the strong security relations between Israel and the U.S. The continued development of anti-missile defense systems will enable Israel to better prepare for missile attacks and will increase Israel's security.”