Photo Credit: Ministry of Defense / Avigdor Liberman
Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman seen during a visit of the joint US-Israeli Juniper Cobra military drill. Juniper Cobra, a joint US-Israeli air-defense exercise, took place between March 4-15, 2018.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced Monday that Congress has approved a record $705 million budget for Israeli missile defense programs.

“I’m pleased to announce the U.S. Congress has approved a record sum for [Israel’s] missile defense: $705 million in 2018,” Liberman wrote in a tweet. “We will continue to develop the multi-layer anti-missile defense system. Our enemies who try to harm us will be surprised by the capabilities we have developed.

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“Tomorrow I will meet in Jerusalem with a delegation of Congressional members headed by Israel’s friend, Nancy Pelosi, and [will] thank them personally.

“I’m grateful to our great friend, the United States, which has invested some $6.5 billion in defending the skies of the State of Israel to date,” Liberman continued.

“We are grateful for the assistance and an uncompromising commitment of the government and the Congress, to the security of Israel.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.