The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to fund $1 billion to Israel’s Iron Dome self-defence system after an attempt to cut funding by anti-Israel politicians was crushed.
The bi-partisan support for Israel was clearly on display when the vote passed 420 to 9 in favour of continuing to fund the missile defence system.
“The House of Representatives has spoken, and the message is clear: the American people stand with Israel. Those who would seek to deny Israel the means to protect her citizens from terror were resoundingly defeated today. The overwhelming and bipartisan vote backing US support for the Iron Dome system further proves that only the furthest radical fringe in this country is anti-Israel,” said CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee.
“After Tuesday’s disgusting display of anti-Israel hate, we applaud the House Leadership for swiftly bringing this vote to the floor. One thing is certain: Support for Israel remains strong and bipartisan. The small band of Israel-haters who’ve managed to get themselves elected to Congress cannot be allowed to control the Congressional agenda or have any impact on the longstanding, righteous and mutually beneficial alliance between the US and Israel,” said CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker.
Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett thanked members of Congress from both parties for their “overwhelming support of Israel and commitment to its security.
“Whoever tries to challenge that support got their answer today,” he added. “The people of Israel thank the American people and their representatives for their strong friendship.”
The backdrop for this vote came from a controversy on Tuesday when ‘the Squad’, a group of far-left Democrats attempted to undermine the US-Israel relationship with a vulgar move to cut funding to Israel’s defensive missile system which has never killed anyone but has saved the lives of countless Israelis and Palestinians.
Squad member, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) appeared to break down in tears when the vote was overwhelmingly passed.
AOC breaks down after the House passed $1 billion funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.
She hate Israel so much that she doesn’t care if terrorist rockets are hitting Israel. pic.twitter.com/YbZUjkvBWu
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) September 23, 2021
AOC was criticised for her reaction.
Jerusalem Post columnist Emily Shrader said: “AOC literally in tears after voting ‘present’ on the Iron Dome funding. More Jew hating theatrics from the squad”.
Republicans were also quick to criticise, with Josh Mandel, a Trump loyalist running for a Senate seat in Ohio, tweeting: “Why is @AOC crying? Because Jewish and Christian women and children won’t shake in terror as unguided rockets rain down on their homes and schools.”
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