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Hamas, also known as Harakat al Muqawama al Islamiyya, or the Islamic Resistance Movement, is a Palestinian terrorist group established in 1987 in the Gaza Strip. Since its inception, the group has rejected Israel’s right to exist, and has been at the forefront of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis. In 2007, Hamas forcibly took control of the Gaza Strip from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA). Since then, the group, which receives support from Qatar, Turkey and Iran, has fought several wars with Israel, most notably in December 2008, and November 2012. Since 2001, according to the group’s own website, Hamas reportedly fired more than 11,000 rockets and mortars from Gaza towards Israel.

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Hamas: Qassam Brigades Yet to Use Full Force

Hamas representative in Lebanon Ali Barakeh said the Qassam Brigades had yet to use 90 percent of their force and that a surprise was underway, during popular protests in Sidon Monday night calling for solidarity with Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Netanyahu thought that Gaza was weak and that the siege would lead us to surrender when waging the battle, [but he] fell in the […]

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Israel Said to Bomb Sudan Weapon Warehouse

A large explosion in a Sudanese ammunition warehouse last Friday was the result of an Israeli attack targeting weapons intended for Hamas, and not a fire, as claimed by the government, an Arab daily reported on Monday Sudanese Intelligence had claimed that the explosion, which took place in a military training camp in Al-Gaili, north of […]

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Sudan Denies Providing Rockets to Hamas

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Monday denied press reports claiming that the Sudanese army provides Palestinian fighters of Hamas movement with long range missiles used to shell the Jewish state. Sudanese demonstrators hold banners and chant anti-Israeli slogans during a protest in Khartoum on October 24, 2012, as the Sudanese cabinet prepared to hold an […]

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Israel Says Gaza Has Used Up or Lost Half Its Rockets

Israel’s army said on Saturday Gaza-based militants had used up or lost about half of their rockets in 12 days of fighting – though the Islamist fighters say they have been replenishing their arsenal. The Israeli military said Palestinian fighters had fired at least 1,705 rockets out of an estimated stockpile of about 10,000, a […]

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Hamas Attacks Israeli Soldiers with Explosive Donkey

On the evening of July 18, IDF forces operating in the Rafah area spotted an explosives-laden donkey approaching their position. The soldiers opened fire, causing the explosives to detonate. Sending an animal to its death to serve terrorist purposes may seem shocking, but last night certainly wasn’t the first time Palestinian terrorists adopted this despicable […]

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Israel May Expand Gaza Operation

Gazans girded for heavier Israeli shelling and air attacks on Friday night as Israel’s prime minister ordered the military to prepare for the possibility of significantly expanding the newly launched ground invasion. In the first day of clashes on the ground, Hamas said it fought Israeli troops in at least four parts of the Gaza […]

H.R. 2717, the United States-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation Act of 2013

H.R. 2717, the United States-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation Act of 2013, was introduced on July 17, 2013 in order to authorize additional assistance for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system and cooperation on the David’s Sling, Arrow, and Arrow 3 anti-missile defense systems. The legislation finds that the State of Israel is under grave threat and frequent attacks from missiles, rockets, and mortars from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah—in addition to potential ballistic attacks from Iran and Syria.

“The United States-Israel missile defense cooperation dates back over two decades with great success, such as the Arrow Weapon System, which is already protecting Israel. These systems are lifesaving, war-preventing and the technologies of the cooperative programs belong to both the United States and Israel.”

As it is in the United States’ own vital national interest to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East, it should support Israel’s ability to protect itself and its civilians against missiles, rockets, and mortars. The House appreciates Israel’s indication of willingness to share the technology of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. Acknowledging the recent advancements and successes of the David’s Sling Weapon System, Arrow, and Arrow 3 Weapon System, this legislation authorizes the United States government to provide Israel assistance as requested for their anti-missile defense:

The President, acting through the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, is authorized to provide assistance, upon request of the Government of Israel, for the procurement of the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system, as well as authorization for cooperation on the development, maintenance, enhancement, and sustainment of the David’s Sling, Arrow, and Arrow 3 anti-missile defense systems, for the purposes of intercepting short-range, medium-range, and long-range rockets, missiles, and projectiles launched against Israel.

H.R. 1130, the Iron Dome Support Act

H.R. 1130, the Iron Dome Support Act, was introduced on March 13, 2013. This bill commends Israel’s use of the Iron Dome to avert escalating tension in the Middle East, as well as its high success rate. The bill acknowledges that the State of Israel remains under constant threat from missiles, rockets, and mortar shells from Hamas and Hezbollah.

This legislation will explicitly include Hamas and Hezbollah as non-state actors threatening Israel’s qualitative military edge. As a result:

The United States remains committed to Israel’s qualitative military edge, including its advantage over non-state actors such as Hezbollah and Hamas, which boast increasingly sophisticated and powerful weapons as a result of support from Iran, Syria, and other state actors.”

The Iron Dome Support Act commends Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system’s impressive success rate in preventing massive Israeli civilian casualties, while also recognizing the system’s role in averting an escalation of Israeli operations during Operation Pillar of Defense. This bill, with Congressional and Senate approval, will affirm:

“The President, acting through the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, is authorized to provide assistance, upon request by the Government of Israel, for the procurement, maintenance, enhancement, and sustainment of the Iron Dome defense system for purposes of intercepting short-range and medium-range rockets, missiles, and projectiles launched against Israel.”

H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, was made a law in early 2012. This law, following a recent Israel-Hamas conflict, further expressed the United States’ support for Israel attaining additional Iron Dome batteries. Consequentially, the legislation “urges the Department of Defense and the Department of State to explore with their Israeli counterparts and alert Congress of any requirements the Israeli Defense Force may have for additional Iron Dome batteries, interceptors, or other equipment.”

H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, was signed into law on January 1, 2013