Text of the United States-Israel Rocket and Missile Defense Cooperation and Support Act

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 20, 2010 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of May 18, 2010 (Introduced).

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2d Session

H. R. 5327


May 18, 2010

(for himself, Ms. Giffords, Mr. McMahon, Mr. Himes, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Berman, Ms. Kosmas, Mr. Bishop of New York, Mr. Turner, and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


To authorize assistance to Israel for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the United States-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation and Support Act.



Congress finds the following:


The State of Israel is under grave threat and frequent attack from missiles fired indiscriminately by Hamas terrorists on its southern border and Hezbollah terrorists on its northern border.


The Jewish State of Israel, as a close ally of the United States, requires and deserves all necessary assistance to defend itself from such indiscriminate attacks on its citizens.


The United States remains committed to Israel’s qualitative military edge, including its advantage over non-state actors such as Hezbollah and Hamas, which boast increasingly sophisticated and powerful weapons as a result of support from Iran and other state actors.


Regional stability and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians requires that Israel can ensure the safety of its population against missile and other threats.


The United States can help to advance the cause of peace by supporting Israel’s ability to defend itself against missile and other threats.


The State of Israel announced in January 2010 the successful testing of its Iron Dome anti-missile defense system which is capable of intercepting short-range missiles launched by militants in Gaza and South Lebanon.


In the face of threats from its neighbors and non-state actors, Israel historically has requested it be given the means to defend itself, by itself.


President Barack Obama has stated: Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakable..


Vice President Joe Biden has stated: From my experience, the one precondition for progress is that the rest of the world knows this—there is no space between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to security—none..


Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has stated: President Obama has affirmed, the United States commitment to Israel’s security is unshakable, and our defense relationship is stronger than ever, to the mutual benefit of both nations..


President Obama recently requested funds to help the State of Israel procure and maintain Iron Dome missile batteries.


Authorization of assistance to Israel for Iron Dome anti-missile defense system

The President, acting through the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, is authorized to provide assistance to the Government of Israel for the procurement, maintenance, and sustainment of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system for purposes of intercepting short-range missiles launched against Israel.