The United States Congress recently approved $705 million for Israel’s missile defense programs in 2018. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman thanked the American lawmakers for approving the record sum for the programs, saying that Israel is “grateful for the assistance and uncompromising commitment” of the US.

Israeli missile defense system

Israeli missile defense system Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced Monday that the United States Congress has approved a record-high budget for Israel’s missile defense programs.

“I’m pleased to announce that the US Congress has approved a record sum for [Israel’s] missile defense: $705 million in 2018,” Liberman wrote on Twitter. “We will continue to develop the multi-layer anti-missile defense program. Our enemies who try to harm us will be surprised by the capabilities that we’ve developed. Tomorrow, I will meet with the Congress delegation led by Israel’s friend Nancy Pelosi in Jerusalem and thank them personally.”

Last month, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced that the Arrow 3 missile defense system carried out a successful test. The Arrow 3 system is the highest level of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense network. It will be tested later this year in Alaska.

“I’m grateful to our great friend, the United States, which has invested about $6.5 billion in defending the State of Israel’s skies to date,” Liberman continued. “We are grateful for the assistance and uncompromising commitment of the government and Congress to the security of Israel.”