Senate Approves Additional Iron Dome Funding
The Senate on Friday rushed through a $225 million bill to replenish the Iron Dome missile defense system, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
House approval is expected in the final hours before lawmakers began a summer break.
The money will go to restocking the Iron Dome, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Gaza terrorists.
The vote came two days after the Pentagon announced ammunition deliveries to the Jewish state and as a planned 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas unraveled almost as quickly as it began.
Efforts in the Senate to approve the money stalled Thursday night after Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma sought cuts elsewhere in the budget to pay for the aid.
Earlier, senators attempted to lump the Israel money into a broader spending bill that included border security and wildfire assistance money. That bill failed to get the necessary 60 votes on Thursday, and the House had little interest in it, anyway. Friday's separate Israel bill passed by voice vote, noted AP.
The Iron Dome, which is designed to intercept rockets that are fired towards populated area, has proven very effective and its success rate was listed as 90% in 2012.
The system uses radar, advanced tracking technology and anti-missile batteries to follow the trajectory of an incoming rocket or mortar and determine if it is headed for a major population center. If an urban area is threatened, interceptors are fired to detonate in the air in close proximity to the missile. Projectiles not posing a threat are allowed to fall in empty fields. The system targets short-range rockets with a range between 2 miles and 45 miles; interceptors cost as much $100,000 apiece.
In March, the U.S. Defense Department announced it was providing $429 million to Israel for further development of its aerial defenses, specifically the Iron Dome system.
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