U.S. Senate subcommittee approves $351 million for Iron Dome

The Iron Dome missile defense system. Credit: Matanya via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee on Tuesday approved a bill that grants $621.6 million to Israeli missile defense. More than half of that amount—$351 million—will go toward the Iron Dome system, which has been intercepting rockets fired at Israel from Gaza at a 90-percent rate during the current conflict.

"It works," U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), chairman of the subcommittee, said of the Iron Dome.

Posted on July 16, 2014 .