US House okays funding boost for Israel’s missile defense


S President Barack Obama (right), IDF ex-chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz (left)

June 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — Under the shadow of a presidential veto threat, the House of Representatives passed a defense appropriations measure Thursday that included $635.7 million for Israel’s missile defense programs.

While the White House has offered conflicting explanations for its opposition to increased missile defense support for the Jewish state, pro-Israel groups on Thursday continued to criticize the administration’s reticence to accept the extra funding appropriated for Israel by the Republican-controlled House.