Dems funding for Israel's Iron Dome from upcoming budget
Iran Press TV
Tuesday, 21 September 2021 9:20 PM
US Democratic lawmakers are moving to remove the funding for the Israeli regime's so-called Iron Dome in the upcoming budget to avert a shutdown.
The US House of representatives blocked $1 billion in an initiative spearheaded by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
The progressive Democrats are needed for the bill to advance as Republicans refuse to back it since it would raise the debt ceiling.
"The debt ceiling will be raised... by the Democrats," said US Senator Mitch McConnle, the GOP leader in the upper chamber of US Congress.
Funding for the Tel Aviv regime's Iron Dome will, however, be included in the final bipartisan military bill for fiscal year 2022.
The contention over the Iron Dome came despite the system's failure to fully intercept rockets launched by Palestinian factions like the Hamas resistance movement during the Zionist regime's aggressions on the Muslim nation.
Shortly before the House Democrats' decision, Biden reiterated the US support for the Zionist regime in the UN General Assembly.
"The commitment of the United States to Israel's security is without question and our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal," the Democratic president claimed.
The Israeli lobby in the United States came out in support of the US funding of military aggression complaining against the latest initiative by some progressive Democrats.
"Calling to remove funding for a lifesaving defensive system is an affront to our values, risks further conflict, and is counter to the commitment made by Biden & supported by Congressional leadership," the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) claimed.
Some Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Josh Gottheimer, also came out in support of the dysfunctional missile system.
"The Iron Dome protects innocent civilians in Israel from terrorist attacks and some of my colleagues have now blocked funding it," Gottheimer tweeted. "We must stand by our historic ally â€” the only democracy in the Middle East," Gottheimer claimed.
Back in March this year, the US army announced it was reconsidering plans to buy additional Iron Dome systems because they could not be integrated into American-made air missile systems.
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