1. $211 million more for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system. This remarkable system saved countless Israelis when it intercepted more than 400 rockets fired from Gaza in November.
2. $267 million more for U.S. - Israel cooperative programs that help strengthen the bonds between the two allies, including missile defense programs designed to protect Israel against Iran and Hizballah’s missile arsenals.
3. Tough new sanctions on Iran, including the closing of a loophole that has allowed some purchasers of Iranian oil to use gold and other metals rather than cash to pay for petroleum products.
4. A statement that the United States should be prepared to take all necessary measures, including military action if required, to prevent Iran from threatening the United States, its allies or Iran’s neighbors with a nuclear weapon.
5. The sense of Congress that the United States “fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against acts of terrorism.”
Also this week, 74 senators signed a bipartisan letter to the president urging further pressure on Iran until it takes decisive steps to curtail its nuclear program. The letter states, “We believe there is no national security challenge that is more urgent and essential to resolve during your second term than Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.”
In addition, more than half the House has signed a bipartisan letter that makes it clear to the Palestinians that the United States expects direct talks with Israel to resume immediately, and we will not tolerate attempts to bypass negotiations by going to the U.N. The letter suggests ways to respond to the PLO for breaking the Oslo Accords and going to the United Nations.