U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today praised the Senate's passage of the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. The bipartisan legislation, which was approved by voice vote, will reaffirm the United States' "unwavering commitment" to Israel's security and U.S. support for Israel's right to self-defense.
Senator Boxer said, "I am so pleased that the Senate moved quickly to pass this important bill, which reaffirms the important bond between the United States and Israel and helps ensure that Israel has the necessary tools to defend itself in this time of dynamic change in the Middle East."
Senator Isakson said, "I am very pleased that this important piece of legislation passed quickly and unanimously in the Senate today, demonstrating the United States' strong, unwavering commitment to Israel and its security and self-defense. I am hopeful that this bill will pass the House with strong support and will be on the president's desk for his signature very soon."
The bill will also reiterate the United States' commitment to assisting Israel's efforts to reach a peaceful, negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "that results in two states living side-by-side in peace and security," while also encouraging Israel's neighbors to recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.
Additionally, the legislation includes measures to strengthen economic and security cooperation between the U.S. and Israel, including extending current loan guarantees to Israel, which are set to expire later this year, and authorizing an increase in the United States' stockpile of military equipment in Israel.
The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.