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AOC assails ‘deeply unjust, reckless process’ on bill to fund Israel’s Iron Dome

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25.09.2021

US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday blasted her own party’s leadership for rushing through Iron Dome funding legislation this week, and argued that Israel should not be sent an additional $1 billion in funding on top of what it already receives.

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation to provide Israel with $1 billion for its missile defense system, days after the funding was removed from a government spending bill amid pressure from a small group of progressive lawmakers.

The second-term congresswoman penned a lengthy letter to constituents in which she sought to explain her decision to vote to abstain on the Iron Dome funding bill. Ocasio-Cortez, who was instrumental in having the $1 billion in funding scrapped from the separate government funding legislation, initially voted against the bill, but chose to change to an abstention at the last minute.

“First, let me begin with why I believe this bill should have been opposed: contrary to popular narrative, this bill was not for all US funding of the Iron Dome, and opposing it would not defund US financing of the system in any way, shape, or form,” she wrote.

“Since 2011, the US has provided $1.7 billion for the Iron Dome and is already financially committed to continuing these funds through 2028. This bill adds an additional $1 billion in funding in one year to this system alone — for context, that is an amount in one year that approaches all the funding to this system we have provided over the last decade — and this is in addition to $3 billion authorized earlier this year in other forms of military funding to the Israeli government,” Ocasio-Cortez explained.

“I believe........

© The Times of Israel


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