Democrat Lawmakers to Link Iron Dome Funds and Palestinian Aid in New Bill

A missile from the Israeli Iron Dome, launched during the Operation Pillar of Defense to intercept a missile coming from the Gaza strip. / Photo by Israel Defense Forces and Nehemiya Gershuni via Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON ― Senate Democrats are discussing whether to pair new funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system with aid for the Palestinians after $1 billon for the system was cut from a stopgap spending patch that passed the House on Tuesday.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a progressive Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he wants to link the Palestinian aid with funds to replenish Iron Dome after Israeli forces used it against rocket attacks by Hamas in May. President Joe Biden has requested Congress appropriate the funding.

“I think a way forward here is to get the Iron Dome funding done, but partner it together with meaningful funding for the Palestinians,” Murphy, of Connecticut, told reporters Wednesday, adding it was “important to send a clear signal that the United States stands with Israel.”

Murphy said he pitched the idea to the Senate Democrats Tuesday at their weekly meeting, and “there would be support within the Democratic Caucus.”

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dianne MC
Dianne MC
26 days ago

Are all Democrats idiots ?

agile
agile
26 days ago
Reply to  Dianne MC

absolutamente!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peter K Baker
Peter K Baker
26 days ago

The question is not Iron dome .The question is are Israel COVID deaths caused by the vaccine or is it just another conspiracy theory . Because if it’s a theory then big deal but if it’s real then Israel poisoned itself and deaths are going to start showing up everywhere in a few weeks to months worldwide. That is the question.


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