WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the day that Hamas successfully test-fired an Iranian rocket capable of reaching Tel Aviv, Israel, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke at the Jerusalem Conference’s first annual meeting in Washington, D.C. highlighting the importance of a strong missile defense system and a vital strategic relationship between the United States and Israel.
“We have no greater ally in the region than Israel, and it is in the interest of our own national security to stand with Israel,” Inhofe said. “This partnership is not a one-sided relationship.  Israel has provided the United States military with invaluable technology such as the Hunter UAV, Bradley Reactive Armor Tiles, and the Lightning Pod.  Our nation must maintain a close relationship with our friends in Israel, despite the fact that the current administration has demonstrated a willingness to work with those that stand opposed to Israel.”
Inhofe continued, “Today’s news that Hamas has used Iranian technology to improve their missile capabilities proves that we need a strong missile defense system that protects our allies, and more importantly, provides greater protection for the United States.  The same enemies that threaten the existence of Israel also want to destroy America.  Over the years, the United States has greatly benefited from cooperation with Israel on missile defense technologies, and we should continue this partnership.  Instead, President Obama has cut funding for our missile defense systems, and ended the Third Site in Poland.  Such action by the Obama administration puts the United States and our allies like Israel at greater risk.”

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America's Stake in Israel's War on Terrorism (December 4, 2001)

Peace in the Middle East speech (March 4, 2002)