U.S. President Barack Obama promised to continue and to enhance loan guarantees to Israel for the government and military to purchase more equipment and technology for its defense.
"Your first task is to keep the people of Israel safe," President Obama stated at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. "I have visited Israelis near the border, I've been to Sderot, and flying in today, I have seen how Israel security can be measured by mere miles in a matter of minutes. The security of the State of Israel is a solemn obligation and is no negotiable," the president stated. "We cooperate more closely then every before. We coop orate in more exercises then ever before. That includes more support for the Iron Dome missile defense that has saved so many lives," he added.