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Obama Asks Congress to Aid Israel Defenses

Thursday, 13 May 2010 06:51 PM

 

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The Obama administration is asking Congress for $205 million to help Israel build a new rocket defense system.

Israel's "Iron Dome" system is meant to intercept rockets from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

The White House said Thursday that the request will be formally sent to Congress within days, as an addition to the administration's budget request for the fiscal year that begins in October.

Israel has had no system in place to guard against thousands of rockets, fired by Hamas militants in Gaza and Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon. Millions of Israeli civilians are within rocket range.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is asking Congress for $205 million to help Israel build a new rocket defense system.

Israel's "Iron Dome" system is meant to intercept rockets from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

The White House said Thursday that the request will be formally sent to Congress within days, as an addition to the administration's budget request for the fiscal year that begins in October.

Israel has had no system in place to guard against thousands of rockets, fired by Hamas militants in Gaza and Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon. Millions of Israeli civilians are within rocket range.

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