Israel Names Missile Facility After Inouye

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Sen. Daniel Inouye meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C. in May 2009. (GPO)

Sen. Daniel Inouye meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C. in May 2009. (GPO)

WASHINGTON – Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on Tuesday after Israel named an Arrow defense missile facility after the late Sen. Daniel Inouye:

“This honor is another example of how Sen. Inouye’s influence and hard work have deeply impacted not only Hawaii, but also our nation and the world. According to the Jerusalem Post, this is the first time Israel has named a facility after a non-Israeli.

“As we know, the U.S. and Israel have successfully developed the Arrow Anti-Missile System through joint cooperation, and I believe a steadfast symbol of cooperation is perhaps the most appropriate way to remember him.

“When I had the opportunity to travel to Israel with a congressional delegation in August, Prime Minister Netanyahu told me that he loved Se. Inouye and that Israel could not thank him enough.

“Sen. Inouye played an integral role in transforming the relationship between our two countries, and I am pleased that our allies around the world continue to honor him and carry on his legacy.”

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