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President Barack Obama signs the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, with Senator Barbara Boxer (2nd L) and U.S. Representative Howard Berman (2nd R) attending, on July 27, 2012 in the Oval Office of the White House.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney heads to Israel Saturday. Friday morning, on the eve of that visit, President Obama signed an Israel security bill. A pair of California lawmakers sponsored it.
The United States-Israel Security Cooperation Act offers additional training to the Israeli Air Force and adds weapons and munitions to the U.S. stockpile in Israel. At the Oval Office signing ceremony, President Obama paid tribute to California Democrats Howard Berman and Barbara Boxer who wrote the House and Senate bills.
Those bills add $70 million to a missile defense program called Iron Dome. "It is testimony to the leadership of the folks sitting here that we’re going to be able to lock in that funding to assure that that program continues and that we are standing by our friends in Israel when it comes to these kinds of attacks."
Senator Boxer praised the president's commitment to its ally in the Middle East. "This president loves Israel, cares about Israel, stands with Israel. Not just with words — words are cheap — but with actions and deeds."
Also present at the signing ceremony: the head of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.
Mitt’s Romney campaign says it’s happy to see more security cooperation with Israel, but the move doesn’t go far enough.
Like Mitt Romney, Barack Obama visited Israel during his presidential campaign. He hasn’t returned since he became commander-in-chief.