U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) praised the House of Representatives' passage last night of the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. The bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate at the end of June, 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 House has passed this important bill, which reaffirms the important bond between the United States and Israel and ensures that Israel has the necessary tools to defend itself in this time of dynamic change in the Middle East."
Senator Isakson said, "I applaud the House for swiftly passing this critically important piece of legislation, which reaffirms the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel. This bipartisan effort will go a long way toward enhancing Israel's safety and security."
This bill reaffirms 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 President for his signature.