House Foreign Affairs Committee Provides Unanimous Approval of Ros-Lehtinen Measure Authorizing Security Assistance For Israel

May 9, 2018

House Foreign Affairs Committee Provides Unanimous Approval of Ros-Lehtinen Measure Authorizing Security Assistance For Israel

“Our bill provides Israel with at least some peace of mind, knowing that the United States will continue to stand beside the Jewish State and that we will continue to seek ways to strengthen our bilateral relationship”

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement following the unanimous approval by the House Foreign Affairs Committee of H.R. 5141 – the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018. The bill, authored by Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, has broad bipartisan support, with nearly 200 co-sponsors. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Iran’s brazen antagonism and aggression toward Israel have taken an alarming turn for the worse. This rogue regime is attempting to encircle the democratic Jewish State and provoke a direct confrontation. Iranian groups have joined Hezbollah, the regime’s proxy and U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization, and are amassing on Israel’s borders. This represents a very real and dangerous threat to our close friend and ally, and that is precisely why Ted and I authored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act – to ensure that Israel will always have what it needs to secure and defend itself and its citizens from all threats. Our bill provides Israel with at least some peace of mind, knowing that the United States will continue to stand beside the Jewish State and that we will continue to seek ways to strengthen our bilateral relationship. I thank my colleagues for supporting this important bill and it is my hope the Senate can take action on this measure so we can get it to the President’s desk as soon as possible.”

NOTE: H.R. 5141 authorizes $3.3 billion annually in foreign military financing for Israel for fiscal years 2019-2023. In addition, it extends the authorization of the War Reserves Stockpile Authority for Israel (WRSA-I) through FY2023 and extends the loan guarantees for Israel for the same corresponding period. The measure also authorizes the transfer of precision guided munitions (PGMs) to Israel, amends the Arms Export Control Act to improve reporting on enhancing Israel’s QME and security posture, and states that it is U.S. policy to ensure that Israel maintains its ability to counter and defeat any credible conventional military or emerging threat through the use of superior military means. In addition to the security-related measures, H.R. 5141 enhances the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship across several areas, including space and cybersecurity. The act also authorizes USAID to enter into a global memoranda of understanding with Israel in order to advance common goals across a wide variety of sectors.

   

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