J Street statement on Enactment of United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012

July 31, 2012

J Street Director of Government Affairs Dylan Williams issued the following statement regarding enactment of the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012:

J Street commends Congress and President Barack Obama for seeking to enhance U.S.-Israel security cooperation in several key areas set forth in the recetly enacted United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. The Act promotes expanding U.S. financial and technological assistance to Israel in defending against missile attacks, coordination on intelligence matters, and training opportunities with U.S. troops. The Act also reaffirms as U.S. policy the objective of a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, bolstering the long-standing bipartisan consensus in favor of two states for two peoples, living side-by-side in peace and security.

J Street also applauds President Obama for releasing an additional $70 million in assistance for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

J Street supports American efforts to maintain and enhance Israel’s qualitative military edge as both a moral imperative and an important anchor for peace efforts which provide Israel with the confidence and assurance to move forward on a resolution to the conflict based on land for peace.