Israel Qme Enhancement Actby Representative Lois Frankel
Posted on 2013-12-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Ms. FRANKEL of Florida. Mr. Speaker, one of the cornerstones of
America's security commitment to Israel is an assurance that the United
States will help maintain Israel's capability to defend itself, by
itself. We do this by safeguarding Israel's qualitative military edge
(QME)--the ability for Israel to counter and defeat any threat that
might arise from non-state actors, individual states, or even a
regional coalition of states.
Four decades after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when a coalition of Arab states launched a surprise attack against Israel on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Israel continues to face hostilities on every border: rocket fire from Hamas and Hezbollah, spillover from the conflict in Syria, increased terrorism in Egypt's Sinai, and the ever- looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.
That is why it is critical we redouble our efforts to ensure Israel has the tools necessary to counter any and all threats. H.R. 1992, the Israel QME Enhancement Act, is an important piece of bipartisan legislation that does just that, by preserving and strengthening Israel's QME. Specifically, this law would expand the definition of QME to include defense against cyber and asymmetric threats while also increasing the Administration's reporting requirements to Congress from every 4 to every 2 years.
I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting H.R. 1992.