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Israeli leaders, US Jews laud House approval of $1 billion for Iron Dome

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23.09.2021

Israeli officials welcomed the passage of legislation to provide Israel with $1 billion for its Iron Dome missile defense system by an overwhelming majority in the US House of Representatives on Thursday.

“Thank you to the members of the US House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, for the overwhelming support for Israel and for the commitment to its security,” said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a statement shortly after the vote. “Whoever tries to challenge this support received an unequivocal answer today. The people of Israel thank the American people and their representatives for their steadfast friendship.”

The Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act passed 420-9 on Thursday with two Democrats, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Hank Johnson, effectively abstaining by voting “present.” The vote came days after the funding for the Iron Dome was removed from a government spending bill amid pressure from a small group of progressive lawmakers. The legislation was instead introduced as a standalone bill by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, following pressure from a group of Democratic lawmakers intent on demonstrating their party’s full-throttled support for Israel following earlier events in the week.

Eight Democrats — Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Andre Carson, Marie Newman, Jesus Garcia, Raul Grivalva — and one Republican, Rep. Tom Massie voted against the legislation.

Following the vote, Foreign........

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