Defense bill includes $200 million in Israel cooperation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A defense spending bill before the U.S. Senate sets aside over $200 million for cooperativee defense projects with Israel.

Included in that sum is funding for Israeli-American long-range and short-range missile defense programs.

The Defense Appropriations bill, approved this week by the Senate’s Approriations Committee, incorporates a similar bill passed in July by the U.S. House of Representatives.

President Obama said in a statement Friday that he "strongly supports" the overalll bill.

Defense cooperation with Israel is not counted as aid and is separate from the annual $3 billion Israel gets in defense assistance.

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