Dan Shapiro
Dan ShapiroIsrael news photo: Flash 90

On a visit to an Iron Dome installation in the Tel Aviv area with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said that the U.S. government would provide Israel with $300 million to continue operating the system successfully.

“The United States recognizes Israel's right to defend itself,” Shapiro said. “Despite the budget cuts in the U.S., the government is committed to transferring another $300 million for the continued development and purchases” of the system. Eventually, he said, Israel would be able to deploy 13 Iron Dome systems, covering the entire country.

Barak praised the effectiveness of the system “The achievements of Iron Dome have been exceptional,” Barak said. “The people behind the system are from the cream of the Israeli defense industry, including Israel Military Industries and Israel Aircraft Industries. So far there has been a 90% accuracy rate of incoming missiles shot down.”

Shapiro joined Barak in praising the system, saying that he was “proud to be standing next to the fifth Iron Dome battery. If there has been a more substantial contribution than the aid and funding for this dome, that saves lives, I can't imagine what it is.”