President Barack Obama is slashing U.S. contributions to Israel’s counterterrorism aid reducing the Jewish State's ballistic missile defense programs, according to an email from Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) to its members and supporters on Monday.
The Obama administration is planning to eliminate at least $200 million in his 2015 budget, most of which pays for the United States-Israel ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs, according to Riki Ellison, MDAA's director.
Just recently, Israeli intelligence, security agents and special forces commandos intercepted the cargo ship named the Klos C transporting weapons that they suspected was sent by Iran to help terrorists, according to Israeli news sources.
A search onboard the cargo vessel revealed that there were dozens of 302mm rockets headed for delivery to terrorists, that were allegedly manufactured in Syria and were fired into Israel by Hezbollah in the past. The rockets possess a maximum range of about 62 miles which is just enough to reach most of Israel's population centers from either Gaza's Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad camps or from the West Bank, which is under the control of the Palestinian National Authority.
In all, the Israeli programs would receive $96.8 million in fiscal 2015. In previous years, Congress restored Obama's cuts for Israeli defense programs, including $95 million for fiscal 2014.
Under the latest budget, Israel’s current missile and rocket defense system would also suffer reductions. Supporters on both sides of the aisle in Congress have urged the renewal of funds for Israel's Iron Dome, which intercepted rockets over the last two years fired by the terrorists populating the Gaza Strip.