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US Passes Bill to 'Remove Existential Threats' From Israel

US passes bill that would make it policy to take to ensure it is American policy to take all steps to “remove existential threats" to Israel
By Rina Tzvi
First Publish: 6/16/2013, 2:33 PM

American and Israeli flags hang in Jerusalem
American and Israeli flags hang in Jerusalem
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act on Friday, which would make it U.S. policy to take “all necessary steps” to ensure Israel is able to “remove existential threats.”

The amendment, initiated by Representative Peter Roskam, a Republican from Illinois, states that, "It is the policy of the United States to take all necessary steps to ensure that Israel possesses and maintains an independent capability to remove existential threats to its security and defend its vital national interests."

"It is the Sense of the Congress that air refueling tankers and advanced bunker-buster munitions should immediately be transferred to Israel to ensure our democratic ally has an independent capability to remove any existential threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program and defend its vital national interests," it says.

The measure requires the President to regularly submit to Congress a report confirming that the US has taken all steps necessary to ensure that Israel maintains an independent capability to remove existential threats to its security and defend its vital national interests, says Roskam.

The Defense Authorization Act triples funding for joint US-Israeli missile defense programs in fiscal year 2014.