The US votes to replenish Iron Dome system

September 24, 2021 by TPS
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In spite of a few very vocal members who threatened attempts to block the financing from passing, the US House of Representatives has passed the bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defence system.

Tamir missile is launched from the Israeli Iron Dome, positioned in central Israel, towards rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. Jul 11, 2014. Photo by Kobi Richter/TPS

The $1 billion dollar funding package was passed by a vote of 420 – 9.

Eight democratic representatives — Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), Cori Bush (Minnesota), Andre Carson (Indiana), Marie Newman (Illinois), Jesus Garcia (Illinois) and Raul Grivalva (Arizona) – and one Republican — Tom Massie (Kentucky) — voted against Israel. Surprisingly, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) and Hank Johnson (Georgia) voted present.

On the vote, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, said this evening, “Thank you to the members of the US House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, for the overwhelming support for Israel and for the commitment to its security.”

“Whoever tries to challenge this support received an unequivocal answer today. The people of Israel thank the American people and their representatives for their steadfast friendship.”


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