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Diaspora minister urges ‘long-term fix’ of Israel’s ties with Democrats

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Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai on Wednesday called for a “long-term fix” in Israel’s ties with the Democratic Party, after $1 billion in funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system was pulled from a United States government funding bill due to opposition from progressive House members.

“Long-term developments in the US are changing the Democratic Party and strengthening the progressive and anti-Israel axis,” Shai said in an interview with the Kan public broadcaster.

He slammed former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his opposition to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, signed by Democratic president Barack Obama, and charged that the ex-premier “clearly went in the Republican direction.”

Israeli officials, speaking to Axios on condition of anonymity, also blamed the removal of the Iron Dome funding from the spending bill on the previous Israeli governments led by Netanyahu, accusing the former prime minister of harming American bipartisan support for Israel.

“We need to invest in a long-term fix of Israel’s ties with the Democratic Party. A giant gap........

© The Times of Israel

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