(December 12, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Thursday, which includes $500 million in security assistance to Israel, in addition to sanctioning President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, and its allies Iran and Russia.
The $738 billion measure will head to the U.S. Senate.
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it; a subsequent appropriations bill will be needed to fund it.
The U.S. assistance authorizes cooperation with Israel on counter-tunnel and counter-aerial capabilities, and $500 million for developing and procuring the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow weapon systems.
The NDAA also still prohibits the transfer of the F-35 fighter jet to Turkey for purchasing earlier this year the Russian S-400 missile-defense system.
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