Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, has introduced legislation to further the United States' commitment to the protection of Israel and its military interests. Earlier this week, Collins introduced H.R. 1992, the Israeli QME Enhancement Act, which would amend current law and require the President to submit a biannual report of weapon systems being sold to countries in the Middle East. Collins, a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves, was deployed to the Middle East in 2008, and used his military background to target the need for this type of legislation in order to protect American and allied interests in the area from both tradition and unconventional attacks.
"As one of our closest allies and friends, Israel should know the United States will always do its part to ensure Israelis are never put in harm's way," Collins said. "This bill provides the necessary steps to increase Congressional oversight, and protects the commitment we've made to the Israeli people. The twenty-first century has brought new weaponry, and therefore, challenges to defense systems worldwide. This legislation ensures the United States and Israel will be fully equipped with the most up-to-date information available to defend our nations from both military style attacks as well as cyber warfare. Furthermore, it verifies we will be able continue in our joint pledge to promote peace and freedom worldwide."
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), also an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1992, said this of Collins' Israel QME legislation:
"I am pleased to support Representative Collins' timely legislation. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am committed to working with Israel to meet our common security threats in one of the world's most dangerous regions. The bedrock of this security relationship is America's commitment to Israel's qualitative military edge. In light of the dramatic changes sweeping the Middle East, Representative Collin's bill will help ensure that Israel is prepared and equipped to handle its rapidly evolving security requirements."
Democratic co-sponsor, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), added:
"As Israel continues to face a broad spectrum of threats, from a nuclear Iran to a collapsing Syria, the United States must be steadfast in its efforts to ensure that Israel has the tools to maintain its military edge over those who seek to do it harm. This bill strengthens our partnership with Israel and helps bolster Israel's ability to defend itself against unconventional weapons and increasingly dangerous cyber-attacks."