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House Overwhelmingly Passes Bill Enhancing Israel Security Cooperation

By: JTA

The House of Representatives almost unanimously approved a bill that would enhance U.S. security cooperation with Israel.

The U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, introduced last year by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), enhances cooperation in the energy and cybersecurity areas, among others; transfers excess U.S. armaments to Israel for stockpiling and possible use; and pushes closer cooperation in missile development and trade.

It also encourages fast-tracking Israel into the Visa Waiver Program, which would allow Israelis to enter the United States without prearranged visas once Israel meets the program’s requirements.

“Even as this bill advances the security of Israel, it ultimately serves as a reminder to the world of the depth of the United States-Israel relationship,” Deutch said Wednesday in a floor speech before the 401-1 vote, with Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) the dissenter.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which made lobbying for the bill’s passage a centerpiece of its annual conference this week, praised its passage.

A similar bill is under consideration in the Senate.

“AIPAC urges the Senate to act on this critical legislation,” the lobby said in a statement.

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3 Responses to “House Overwhelmingly Passes Bill Enhancing Israel Security Cooperation”

  1. house passes president threatens

  2. The lone dissenter was Thomas Massie who is a good friend of Justin Amash. (Amash is a second generation Arab-American of Palestinian Christian and Syrian Greek Orthodox descent…from Wikipedia) Amash supports a two state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    My fellow Americans are so fixated on who becomes President they pay no attention to who places the checks and balances on that station in our government, who chairs and sits on the committees in our government, and who brings laws up for votes and actually votes on them.

  3. Peg M Byars says:

    Thanks to the US government for some areas, BUT – on the visa issue, except for visits, no government should attract Israelis to LEAVE Israel to live elsewhere. Instead, we should ALL do whatever is necessary to help Israelis STAY in the nation of Israel that is God's covenant inheritance to them.

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