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In the end, House Iron Dome fracas only showed Israel support not going anywhere

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25.09.2021

Tuesday’s decision by Democratic House leadership to excise new funds for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system from a stopgap emergency government funding bill, following pressure from a small group of progressives, understandably sparked alarm in pro-Israel circles.

Republicans sought to draw sweeping conclusions from the legislative kerfuffle, hold up the decision by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to leave the $1 billion in aid out of the bill as proof that the Democratic party had officially been co-opted by the Israel critics in the so-called Squad of progressive lawmakers.

Had moderate Democrats, long insisting that such voices in the party represented a loud, yet ineffectual minority on issues relating to Israel, been proven wrong? Here was that small group affecting actual legislation, potentially causing measurable damage to Israel’s ability to defend itself — at least in the short term.

Pro-Israel organizations issued a plethora of condemnations on the matter, flooding journalists’ inboxes with a sea of outrage.

In Jerusalem too there was concern, with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid calling House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to inquire on the matter, and subsequently issuing a statement tying Pelosi’s decision to years of neglect of ties with Democrats by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But before anyone could finish eulogizing Israel’s relations with the Democratic Party — and perhaps as a response to the uproar that had arisen........

© The Times of Israel


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