Rep Howard Berman issued the statement below regarding Secretary Panetta's announcement that the Pentagon will immediately provide $70 million required by Israel for the Iron Dome system this fiscal year.
Berman is the lead sponsor of the Iron Dome Support Act, the primary legislation in Congress focused on this issue. This bipartisan legislation has over 100 co-sponsors spanning the ideological spectrum in Congress. The Berman statement follows:
"I welcome the announcement by Secretary Panetta to provide immediate funding to Israel to support the Iron Dome system. Iron Dome is a game changer, saving lives and providing increased security to innocent Israelis who for too long have been terrorized by random Palestinian terrorist rocket attacks. At every turn -- Democrats and Republicans, this Administration and the Netanyahu government -- we all have walked in lockstep to achieve these results together. Security for Israel and defense of the Jewish homeland is not a partisan political issue; it's an American imperative."