Washington – Israeli Defense Ministry officials who met with Pentagon officials in Washington announced Wednesday that an agreement had been reached securing US funding for Israel’s new Arrow 3 missile interception device.
The annual meeting was preceded by Israeli fears that the US would decrease its funding for the defense system, which is destined to secure Israel against ballistic missiles, including those that may be launched by Iran.
The teams, headed by US Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy and Defense Ministry Secretary-General Pinchas Buchris, also discussed a number of additional strategic issues.
US President Barack Obama’s administration has recently proposed a bill granting Israel full defense funding as part of the 2010 budget. The funding is currently set at $2.775 billion.
On Wednesday morning Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced his country had successfully launched an advanced surface-to-surface missile with a range of around 2,000 km.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the Air Force’s headquarters in Tel Aviv and received a full briefing on a drill currently being performed by the force. Afterwards he said that “the Iranian launch is additional proof of the need to form a plan to cope with the Iranian challenge”.