Obama deserves credit on Iron Dome program

The most recent attack in Israel proved how necessary it is to have a dependable missile defense system and strategy. Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Shield was able to intercept and shoot down 90 percent of incoming missiles fired from Gaza, which saved hundreds of lives.

The defense system is designed to safeguard crowded civilian areas from short-range missiles. A radar affixed to each battery concludes whether an incoming surge jeopardizes a population center to guarantee that interceptors are not trifled away on unthreatening missiles. By lessening civilian casualties, missile defenses give more choices and more time for military and political leaders to consider how to counter the attacks.

Iron Dome program is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2010, President Obama ensured that Congress authorized a $205 million budget to expand the project, and signed a deal earlier this year securing $70 million for the Iron Dome program.

During the signing ceremony, Obama said: “As many of you know, I have made it a top priority for my administration to deepen cooperation with Israel across the whole spectrum of security issues, intelligence, military, technology,” and added, “And in many ways, what this legislation does is bring together all the outstanding cooperation that we have seen really at an unprecedented level between our two countries to underscore our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.”

With this in mind, Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee commented: “The president and Congress here are entitled to, I believe, a lot of credit for providing that system to Israel.”

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