New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim, along with two other members of Congress, Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06), and Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) released a letter signed by 92 members of the U.S. House calling on Congressional leadership to swiftly pass President Biden’s request for emergency supplemental funding for Israel’s Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems.
The letter cites that these programs, “have consistently been a critical factor in Israel’s self-defense” and “save lives and advance U.S. objectives by protecting one of our closest allies.”
“I’m helping lead this effort to reinforce Iron Dome because it has been the single best tool to protect Israeli families,” Kim said in a statement. “These defensive systems are proven to save countless lives, and Congress should act immediately to pass President Biden’s request for emergency assistance with bipartisan support.
“Israeli and U.S. adversaries in the region continue to develop more advanced short-, medium-, and long-range rocket, missile, and drone capabilities,” the letter states. “These highly advanced missile defense systems have consistently been a critical factor in Israel’s self-defense, and further technological and operational advancements will prove critical moving forward.”
David’s Sling is designed to intercept missiles with ranges and trajectories for which Iron Dome and other interceptors are not optimally configured.
Around 55% of the Iron Dome system’s components and 75% of the Tamir interceptor’s components are manufactured in the United States.
These procurement funds support our defense industrial base while supporting Israel in its time of need. U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs remain a win-win for the United States, as they save lives and advance U.S. objectives by protecting one of our closest allies.
In addition, Kim, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Bob Menendez, released a second letter calling on Congressional leadership to pass President Biden’s request for emergency supplemental funding to, “meet rising humanitarian needs around the world including those related to the ongoing conflict in Gaza and Israel.”
The letter cites that, “more than two million people are in urgent need of lifesaving humanitarian assistance,” and “over one million people have fled the violence, stretching the already strained ability of the United Nations and humanitarian partners on the ground to provide food, medical treatment, and shelter to those in need.”
The letter goes on to state that, “a major humanitarian catastrophe and large-scale civilian casualties will make the U.S. stated goal of a two state solution even more challenging to ever realize,” and that “a prompt and robust humanitarian response is necessary to protect the lives of Palestinians, Americans, and Israelis – whose security will be weakened if we fail to meet the humanitarian needs in the region.”