Sunday July 29, 2012, 7:12 am
47 million hungry mouthes and Obama to give Israel $70 Million for Iron Dome rocket defense system Featured
Written by CNI
Ynet - Obama announced the new military assistance as he signed a bill in the Oval Office expanding military and civilian cooperation with Israel.
"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," Obama said during the signing ceremony.
"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," the US leader stated.
Obama said he was "very pleased that this week we are going to be able to announce $70 million in additional spending…For Iron Dome. This is a program that has been critical in terms of providing security and safety for Israeli families. It is a program that has been tested and has prevented missile strikes inside of Israel. And it is testimony to the leadership of the folks sitting here that we're going to be able to lock in that funding to assure that that program continues and that we are standing by our friends in Israel when it comes to these kinds of attacks.
"Let me just close by saying that the tragic events that we saw in Bulgaria emphasize the degree to which this continues to be a challenge not just for Israel but for the entire world - preventing terrorist attacks making and sure that the people of Israel are not targeted. And I hope that as I sign this bill, once again everybody understands how committed all of us are, Republicans and Democrats, as Americans, to our friends and making sure that Israel is safe and secure," he said.
Jewish members of Congress Howard Berman and Barbara Boxer, who initiated the legislation, were on hand for the signing ceremony.
The White House focus on Israel this week comes as Romney prepares to visit Jerusalem. The presumptive GOP nominee is a critic of Obama's policy toward Israel and has promised to ramp up US aid to the Jewish state, although Obama officials say the administration already provides record levels of funding.
A Romney spokeswoman said the former Massachusetts governor was happy to see steps being taken to enhance security cooperation with Israel.
Sunday July 29, 2012, 11:58 am
Sometimes you want to give up fighting for justice because it seems like you just can't win. When record numbers of people are receiving food assistance the government and big corporations still find ways to profit off the poor. Regular folks and the poor need to stick together to fight the wealthy who don't give a damn about anybody but themselves.
Sunday July 29, 2012, 4:59 pm
it's funny/ironic that the us and canada have to show off to the world how great they are and give to all these countries, meanwhile they don't give a rat's patootie that their own people are suffering, hungry and can't find work or often homes. the rich get richer and the poor don't seem to matter.
Monday July 30, 2012, 2:00 pm
The thing is... if the US helped their own people with higher education, healthcare, safe living conditions, etc... there would be MORE people in the world capable of helping others from other countries. It's so backwards. Pure greed and fear-based thinking.
This should be "jaw-dropping", but sadly it isn't.