AIPAC lauded a new US bill declaring Israel a “major strategic partner.”

The American Israel Political Affairs Committee applauded the motion’s adoption Wednesday, at its annual conference in Washington, which was attended by high ranking officials including Benjamin Netanyahu.

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The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 was passed this week by a 410-1 vote in the House of Representatives.

The bill was co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ed Royce (R-CA), and Eliot Engel (D-NY).

AIPAC released a statement, saying the bill would “dramatically strengthen the relationship between the two allies as they work to confront new threats and challenges in the Middle East.”

The motion also addresses expanding ties between the two allies, with plans for more weapons stockpiles, the transfer of crucial military equipment to the Jewish state, a visa waiver program, continued Iron Dome assistance, and collaboration in energy, science, agriculture and homeland security.

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