Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

Rep. McSally Highlights Tucson’s Role in US-Israel Alliance at 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference

March 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Martha McSally (AZ-02) today addressed 18,000 pro-Israel activists from across the country at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)’s annual policy conference. AIPAC works with Congress and the Executive Branch to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the two nations.

Rep. McSally’s remarks focused on the national security necessity of a strong U.S—Israel relationship, and how her home of Tucson, Arizona plays a key role in the alliance. David’s Sling, a missile defense system that is a major technology upgrade for the small country was co-developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor, Raytheon, which is located Tucson, Arizona.

“As a retired Air Force Colonel A-10 warthog pilot who deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, I have dedicated my life to protecting our country and our allies. I am a supporter of a close U.S.–Israel alliance, and I couldn’t be more proud that my district and state play a crucial role in ensuring that Israel comes to the fight better equipped than ever before,” Rep. McSally said to the crowd of 18,000. “David’s Sling is a comprehensive, multi-tiered missile defense system that ensures that both civilians and critical infrastructure are protected from the full spectrum of attacks. A crucial component of the David’s Sling system, the stunner interceptor, was developed by Raytheon in my district in Tucson, Arizona. Israeli purchases contribute to a major portion of the $2.1 billion dollars of economic benefit Raytheon brings to Arizona each year, helping Arizona develop new technologies that boost our economy and keep all our citizens safe.”

Watch Rep. McSally’s full remarks by clicking HERE.

Rep. McSally has been a strong supporter of Israel since day one of her service in Congress. Her actions in support of Israel include, but are not limited to, introducing a resolution expressing solidarity with the Israeli people, authoring legislation to prevent the discrimination of Israeli-produced goods, and advocating for increased missile defense spending for Israel throughout the national defense authorization process.