Congressman Parker Griffith gave the following response regarding his vote today in support of the United States-Israel Rocket and Missile Defense Cooperation and Support Act, H.R. 5327, which passed by a vote of 410-4.
"Our historic alliance with Israel is a matter of great importance.
"I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this legislation, which authorizes assistance to Israel for the Iron Dome missile defense system.
"The Iron Dome system is a mobile air defense system designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells. This measure will help protect Israel from the munitions used by Hamas and Hezbollah.
"We must never take our strategic partnership with our steadfast ally, Israel, for granted. We must continue to support Israel's right to defend her citizens against these short range threats.
"It is also critical that Israel be in a position to protect herself against an attack from Iran, whose leaders have called for Israel to be wiped off the map. I am pleased to support this measure.
"We must work together to ensure that our Israeli friends are aware of our continued respect for the relationship we share."