Congressman Keller introduces U.S. – Israel Cooperation Expansion Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) today introduced the U.S. – Israel Cooperation Act, legislation that would cultivate greater relations with Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East, by making the official policy of the United States to support bilateral law enforcement training between the two nations.
Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, more than 1,000 law enforcement officers and first responders have travelled to Israel to participate in joint training exercises on how to combat terrorism, manage mass causality situations, and mitigate other security events.
Israel has long been a strategic partner in advancing U.S. military readiness, homeland defense, energy, and cyber security. Joint military exercises between Israel and the United States have proven to be a major success. This bill would bring the same approach to law enforcement cooperation to share best practices and help law enforcement better protect American communities.
The bill also supports Israel’s inclusion to the 85-nation coalition that has sent law enforcement personnel to the International Law Enforcement Academy, which enhances participating nations’ efforts to combat transnational crime.
On the bill’s introduction, Congressman Keller made the following statement:
“The strong relationship the United States and Israel have enjoyed for decades has been central in promoting security both at home and abroad. Our nations have mutually benefited from our continued national security partnerships and the same can be achieved through bilateral law enforcement training. I’m proud to introduce the U.S. – Israel Cooperation Expansion Act to build upon our shared interests and battle common threats.”
Text of the legislation is available here.