After the “Squad” eliminated the U.S. $1 billion in funding for the Israeli defense system known as the “iron dome,” a group of representatives introduced a bill to reinstate that budget cut.
The intervention of the “Squad” was described only as a “technical dela,y,” and it is hoped that the bill introduced will make it possible to repair the “iron dome,” according to the Washington Times of September 22.
The initiative was introduced by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy shared a photo of a bipartisan delegation posing in front of an Iron Dome battery in Israel.
“Two years ago—70 Republicans & Democrats stood at an Iron Dome defense battery in Israel. For Repubs, it’s a reminder we will always stand with Israel,” wrote McCarthy.
He added: “For Dems, it apparently was nothing more than a photo op. Yesterday, every one of them voted against funding for the Iron Dome.”
The “Squad” of far-left progressives blocked the article that included the “Iron Dome” repair contribution, threatening to reject the funding required by the U.S. government before the end of this month.
The members of the progressive group are Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Pramila Jayapal of Washington. They insist on abandoning and isolating Israel.
The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security vice president and former deputy director of Israel’s National Security Council, Eran Lerman, saw the progressives’ interference as an expression of internal frictions within the Democratic Party.
“The Squad is not the future of the Democratic Party. It is a small minority within the Democratic Party. But it is a measure of the polarization within the Congress today that they could use their marginal position to derail this element of the continuing resolution,” Lerman said.
In August, the president, Joe Biden, said his administration would heed a request made by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who asked for help in replacing and repairing Iron Dome, according to The Western Journal.
Israel’s missile defense system was damaged after frequent attacks during 11 days in May by the Iranian-funded terrorist group Hamas in Palestine.
Hamas fired some 4,360 rockets at Israel during that time, 90% of which were shot down by the “Iron Dome,” according to Israeli officials.
The long-running conflict between the two nations has been tried several times. Historically, Israel, with mediators such as the United Nations, the British Empire, and the United States, submitted five proposals to become independent and build its own state, but all five times, the Palestinian leadership rejected the proposals.
From the tone and statements of the Hamas leader, it could be concluded that the terrorist group, which controls the Gaza Strip, seeks to achieve its objectives by violent means.