The Hill: Obama Signs Israel Security Bill as Battle for Jewish Votes Heats Up
Truman Project CEO Rachel Kleinfeld quoted in the HIll’s Global Defense Blog:
President Obama signed pro-Israel legislation into law Friday morning just before Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s weekend trip there, as both campaigns try to score points with Jewish voters back home.
The bill reaffirming U.S. strategic and military ties with Israel cleared Congress 10 days ago, giving Obama ample time to sign it before the eve of Romney’s highly anticipated trip. Romney, for his part, gave interviews to the Israeli press ahead of his trip vowing to “take whatever action is necessary” to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.
The uncontroversial United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act restates the U.S. commitment to supply Israel with arms to defend itself, pledges to fight anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations, and calls on the United States to produce an “Iron Dome” defense system for Israel to intercept short-range missiles and to study how the United States could speed the sale of F-35 fighter planes to Israel. It cleared the House by voice vote last week.
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