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May 8, 2015  RSS feed
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US-Israel anti-tunnel research proposal passes House

Florida congresswoman Gwen Graham has successfully led an effort to authorize research and development for an anti-tunneling defense system to protect Israel from terrorist attacks.

Graham, a Democrat who represents a portion of the Panhandle and daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham, joined with a Republican congressman from Colorado to push the idea. The proposal passed on a unanimous voice vote as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

“Our closest ally in the Middle East – Israel – lives under the constant threat of terrorist attacks from underground tunnel,” Rep. Graham said. “The US-Israel Anti-Tunnel Defense Cooperation Act will launch an unprecedented new initiative to protect Israel from this dangerous menace. To secure peace, we must first help Israel secure their state from attacks. Iron Dome has saved countless civilian lives, and an antitunneling defense shield will save countless more.”

The terrorist group, Hamas, has spent nearly $100 million to construct tunnels for smuggling weapons, money and supplies into Gaza, as well as launching terrorist attacks within Israel’s borders.

In addition to helping Israel secure its borders, the anti-tunneling defense technology discovered in this joint project could also be used to protect American military bases and our nation’s borders with Mexico and Canada.

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