Obama cuts $200 million from Israeli missile defense partnership || by WorldTribune.com


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has slashed U.S. contributions to Israel’s ballistic missile defense programs.

The Obama administration has proposed a reduction of nearly $200 million in joint U.S.-Israel BMD programs. The 2015 budget would hamper such existing programs as Israel’s Arrow-2, Arrow-3 and David’s Sling.

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Israeli Arrow-2 missile interceptor. /Reuters/Nir Elias

“This is very disappointing and it is irresponsible to cut funding to a steadfast ally in an extremely volatile region of the world,” Rep. Doug Lamborn, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said.

In all, the Israeli programs would receive $96.8 million in fiscal 2015. In previous years, Congress restored cuts proposed by Obama for Israeli defense programs, including $95 million for fiscal 2014.

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