লের Reuters file photo: Light Streak shows Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip, as of May 20, 2021 Reuters / Amir Cohen
By Patricia Zengarel
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass a 1 billion bill to pay Israel to replenish its “Iron Dome” missile defense system, just two days after removing funds from a larger spending bill.
Measurements passed from 420 to 9, where two members were present.
Several Liberal House Democrats objected to the provision, saying they would vote against the broader spending bill if it was included. Democrats narrowly controlled the House, threatening to pass the bill, as Republicans opposed plans to fund the federal government by December and increase the nation’s orbit limit.
The removal marks Republicans as anti-Israel, with strong support from both sides for the Jewish state, despite a long-standing tradition in the U.S. Congress, for which Washington sends billions of dollars in aid each year.
Israel responded quickly. “Thanks equally to all members of the US House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans for their overwhelming support for Israel and its commitment to security. Those who tried to challenge this support received a great response today,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.
Some liberal Democrats have recently expressed concern about US-Israeli policy, citing human rights concerns such as Palestinian civilian casualties in May, with Israel responding to Hamas rocket attacks in May. Israel says most of the 350 rockets fired from Gaza during the conflict were blown up by Iron Dome interceptors.
“We should also talk about the need to protect Palestinians against Israeli aggression,” said Rashida Talaib, a Democrat who opposes financing.
The bill, introduced in parliament on Wednesday, provides $ 1 billion for the replacement of a missile interceptor used during the May conflict.
The Senate did not immediately comment on voting time.
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