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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 212-12
March 27, 2012

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary George Little on Iron Dome

             “Supporting the security of the State of Israel is a top priority of President Obama and Secretary Panetta.  The United States has previously provided $205 million in support of Israel’s Iron Dome short-range rocket and mortar defense system.  During the rocket attacks earlier this month, the Iron Dome system played a critical role in Israel’s security.  When nearly 300 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel, Iron Dome intercepted over 80 percent of the targets it engaged, saving many civilian lives.  

            “The Department of Defense has been in conversations with the Government of Israel about U.S. support for the acquisition of additional Iron Dome systems and intends to request an appropriate level of funding from Congress to support such acquisitions based on Israeli requirements and production capacity."

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