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U.S. House passes NDAA amendment bill to ensure Israel can 'remove existential threats'

Published: June 16, 2013
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Source: Haaretz

National Defense Authorization Act instructs U.S. to take 'all necessary steps' to help Israel defend its vital national interests, among them preventing a nuclear Iran.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a defense authorization bill that would make it U.S. policy to take "all necessary steps" to ensure Israel is able to "remove existential threats," among them nuclear facilities in Iran.

"It is the policy of the United States to take all necessary steps to ensure that Israel possesses and maintains an independent capability to remove existential threats to its security and defend its vital national interests," said the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act passed Friday.

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The amendment is similar to a non-binding resolution passed in April in the Senate that urged the president to provide "diplomatic, military, and economic support" to Israel should it be "compelled" to strike Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

The House version of the defense authorization act already included a number of Israel-related measures, including tripling Obama's request for missile defense cooperation funding from $96 million to $284 million.

The whole act passed Friday 315-108 and Roskam's amendment passed by voice vote. 

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