New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim Calls for Emergency Funding for Israel’s Missile Defense Systems

New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim is actively advocating for emergency funding to support Israel's missile defense systems. Working closely with the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce and sitting on its Annual JBiz expo committee, Rep Kim is urging leaders in the US Senate and House of Representatives to provide immediate assistance to our ally.
In a letter addressed to Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Johnson, and Minority Leader Jeffries, Rep Kim and other signatories highlight the importance of passing the President's request for fiscal year 2024 emergency supplemental funding. This funding includes crucial resources for Israel's Iron Dome Defense System and David's Sling short-range ballistic missile defense capabilities. The recent loss of innocent lives, including American citizens, at the hands of Hamas terrorists underscores the urgency of providing this support.
Israel and the United States face continued threats from adversaries in the region who are developing more advanced rocket, missile, and drone capabilities. Israel's missile defense systems, such as Iron Dome and David's Sling, have proven critical in ensuring its self-defense. However, as adversaries evolve, it is necessary to invest in further technological and operational advancements for these defense systems.
It is important to note that a significant portion of the components for Iron Dome and the Tamir interceptor, around 55% and 75% respectively, are manufactured in the United States. Therefore, providing procurement funds not only supports Israel in its time of need but also bolsters our defense industrial base. The cooperative missile defense programs between the US and Israel serve as a win-win situation, as they protect innocent lives and advance US objectives by safeguarding one of our closest allies.
The ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict has highlighted the crucial role of Iron Dome in protecting innocent civilians. This further reinforces the necessity and appropriateness of additional procurement resources for Israel's missile defense systems.
The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce applauds our close friend Congressman Andy Kim who is diligently working to secure emergency funding for Israel's missile defense systems. Recognizing the importance of supporting Americas ally Israel and prioritizing the safety of innocent lives, Rep Kim's efforts demonstrate his commitment to strengthening US-Israel relations and ensuring regional security. “Andy is a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people says Duvi Honig founder/Ceo Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce”.