The U.S. House of Representatives voted 420 to 9 in favor of continuing to partially fund Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System. The nine lawmakers opposed to the funding were: 3 Muslim Democrats Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Andre Carson, as well as Democrats Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Marie Newman, Jesus Garcia, Raul Grivalva and one RINO, Tom Massie. Apparently, at the last moment, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reluctantly changed her NAY vote to PRESENT.
WIN Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bursts into tears as Iron Dome’s funding is OVERWHELMINGLY approved in House 420-9: Rashida Tlaib is accused of anti-Semitism by fellow Dem after she called Israel a ‘violent apartheid system’
Without this defense system, the next time Hamas started launching thousands of rockets into Israel, Israel would have no choice but to destroy Gaza.
The House Democratic leadership on Tuesday nixed funding for the defense system from its government spending and debt ceiling hike bill after a group of progressive lawmakers threatened to block the legislation unless the military aid was withdrawn.
“It’s very important to point out that for the pro-Palestinian congress members, this victory is very Pyrrhic because while Iron Dome probably saves hundreds of Israeli lives, it saves thousands of Palestinian lives,” former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren stated to the press after the initial decision on Tuesday to block the funding.
He – and other analysts – explained that without the Iron Dome to protect Israeli civilians from rocket barrages from Gaza, the IDF would be forced to enter the Strip, resulting in huge loss of life among the local Palestinians.
The system was co-developed by the United States and Israel and has saved thousands of lives. Passage of this bill reflects a great unity in Congress on a bipartisan and bicameral basis for Israel’s security.