Hadassah Applauds President Biden’s Approval Of Legislation Critical To Israel’s Security

Monday, December 27, 2021

NEW YORK, NY – Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) National President Rhoda Smolow and CEO Naomi Adler released the following joint statement today following President Joe Biden signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill contained funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system and established a new grant program within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to facilitate greater US-Israel collaboration in the field of cybersecurity.

“We applaud the bipartisan commitment on Capitol Hill to ensuring that provisions to strengthen Israel’s safety and security were included in this bill, and President Biden for signing it into law. Ensuring that Israel can defend her people against terrorist rocket fire with the defensive Iron Dome missile defense system and enhancing bilateral cooperation to thwart cyberattacks bolsters US national security. We are grateful that elected leaders on both sides of the aisle saw the wisdom in these measures that will help us build a safer and more peaceful world.

“Hadassah members have been unequivocal in their insistence upon continued US support for Iron Dome, which has saved countless lives. Israel, however, remains in need of an emergency resupply of the stockpile of interceptors that were depleted earlier this year. We urge Congress to continue to work on delivering against that need and to continue exploring other avenues of supporting military personnel, including the establishment of a US-Israel medical partnership agreement to study and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”


Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates and supporters, HWZOA brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health. Through the two hospitals of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem, HWZOA helps support both exemplary care for more than one million people every year and world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building bridges to peace through medicine. Additionally, HWZOA supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.