Ruppersberger Meets with PM Netanyahu, Tours Missile Defense Sites in Israel
(Jerusalem, Israel) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, an appropriator who serves on the House defense subcommittee, met this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel and visited several military sites to get an update on the country’s missile defense systems and joint missile defense efforts with the United States. Israel was the first stop on a congressional delegation trip through the Middle East this week.
The group also met with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro and members of the Israeli Defense Forces.
“As our closest ally in the Middle East, it is important to keep open lines of communication and see our joint efforts first-hand,” Ruppersberger said. “This was a great opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and reaffirm the friendship and strategic bond our countries share. There has never been a day where I doubted the need to protect Israel, the incredible value Israel poses as an ally in the Middle East, or the need to work together with Israel to combat common threats, such as Iran, ISIS and cyber attacks.”
Ruppersberger has long supported U.S.-Israel collaborative missile defense programs to help ensure that Israel has the cutting-edge technology it needs to defend itself and counter a wide range of threats, like rocket attacks fired on civilian communities and ballistic missiles. These programs include Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow.