Reps. Meadows, Schneider, Lamborn Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enhance U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation

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Washington, September 28, 2018 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

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Reps. Meadows, Schneider, Lamborn Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enhance U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) introduced the “U.S. - Israel Cooperation Expansion Act” to aid law enforcement training and development between the United States and our ally, Israel.

Throughout our long and storied partnership, threats facing the United States-Israeli alliance have been consistent and unrelenting. Unfortunately, those threats—particularly against Israel—have continued to advance and modernize, including a particular increase in illicit cross-border tunneling, unmanned aerial systems, and more. These new threats pose unique challenges to security. Cross-border tunneling, for example, can circumvent otherwise robust border security measures and give free access to rogue actors, drug traffickers, or Hamas sympathizers. Weaponized drones have also seen an increase usage among groups like Hamas who seek to destroy Israel.  

As threats toward Israel and the U.S. evolve, so, too, should the policies, practices, and technology we use to thwart them. Rep. Meadows’ bill seeks to address this issue by enhancing the partnership between the U.S. and Israel, particularly in the area of law enforcement training and development for security. The bill will formally support the inclusion of Israel in American International Law Enforcement Academies, in which Israel does not currently participate. Including Israel in this organization would facilitate enhanced cooperation between our two countries and give Israel’s law enforcement and security teams access to the tools and training needed to better deal with modernized threats.

Rep. Meadows released the following statement:

“The United States has not just a responsibility but an obligation to stand with Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East and around the globe. The people of Israel face a constant barrage of threats from those who would seek to wipe them off the face of the map. When President Trump took office, he promised to lead the most pro-Israel administration in history, and so far, he has absolutely delivered. It’s on Congress to pass common sense reforms like these that will allow for better cooperation, coordination, and partnership for our two nations to face modernizing threats together. I’m proud to be a part of this and look forward to seeing it through. I want to thank my friends Rep. Schneider and Rep. Lamborn for their work on this issue.”

Rep. Schneider added the following:

“The United States must continue to ensure that Israel our closest, most reliable ally in the Middle East, if not the world, has the resources to defend itself. Our bill would support Israel’s inclusion in the American International Law Enforcement Academy and strengthen the cooperation between our two nations’ law enforcement and security teams. I appreciate that this bill to help Israel protect itself against emerging threats is bipartisan and another example of the vital support for Israel from both sides of the aisle.”

Rep. Lamborn added the following:

“Israel is on the front lines of many of the wars that threaten our nation. That’s why I introduced an amendment to the NDAA in 2015 to create a counter-tunneling cooperation program with Israel. America has hundreds of cross-border tunnels on our Southern border, and Israel has created cutting edge technology to detect and destroy these types of underground networks. We must continue to support this cooperation and other joint programs that benefit our two nations. I thank Rep. Meadows for introducing the U.S.-Israel Cooperation Expansion Act. I’m pleased to be a lead cosponsor, and I urge my colleagues to support it.”

To read the bill, click here.

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