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US House approves $ 1 billion funding for Israel's Iron Dome

US House approves $ 1 billion funding for Israel’s Iron Dome

(CNN) – The US House of Representatives on Thursday easily approved a bill to finance Israel’s Iron Dome after it was removed from a separate bill to prevent government embargoes and the government’s debt ceiling.

The $ 1 billion allocated for the Israeli air defense system was initially included in the law, which was considered by the House of Representatives earlier this week, but was dropped from the final version to appease a group of progressive lawmakers.

The bill went to the Senate, while it was unclear when he would vote.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer introduced a separate bill to the presentation on Thursday, which means it violates the normal rules required to pass the law.

The final vote was 420-9. Eight Democrats and one Republican voted against the bill.

The Iron Dome Air Defense System is designed to intercept missiles. It was initially created by the Israeli defense technology company Raphael, but the organization was later heavily supported by the United States.

As of November 2020, the United States has provided $ 1.6 billion to Israel for Iron Dome batteries, interceptor missiles, joint production costs, and public maintenance, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The law would specifically fund the replacement of interceptor missiles used during the fierce fighting with Hamas in May.

According to a press release on the law, “Under the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel, the United States pledges additional assistance to renovate the Iron Base to allow Israel to proceed.

Democrat Representative Rashida Dalai denied funding ahead of Wednesday’s vote and tweeted: “I plan to vote. We must stop Israel from abusing human rights and the apartheid regime.”

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Democrat Ilhan Omar expressed his disapproval of the fund in a tweet on Thursday, saying: Military funding for Israel from without any liability.

Omar and Talaib were the first two Muslim women in Congress, and Dilip was the first Palestinian-American woman in the House of Representatives.

But some Democrats were disappointed when the rule was withdrawn from the original bill.

Dean Phillips, a Democratic Jewish delegate from Minnesota, told CNN “I have doubts now.”

Democrat Eliza Slotkin, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said her party’s opposition to funding was “meaningless and irresponsible.”

Housing Assignment Officer Rosa Deloro said in a statement: “The United States is committed to the security of our friend and ally Israel.

When Talai went to the chamber to express his opposition to the bill, he called the funds “absurd and unjust” and referred to Israel as a “racist regime”, not his words, but the words of human rights watchdogs.

“I firmly believe that our country should oppose the sale of arms to anyone, anywhere, in violation of human rights law,” Dilip said.

Ted Dutch, the Democratic representative of Florida, a Jew, dropped a letter ready to respond to Dilip.

“I cannot allow one of my colleagues to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and describe the Jewish democracy of Israel as a racist country,” Deutsche said. “I reject it. If you believe in saving lives and the lives of Israelis and Palestinians, I say to my colleague who insulted our comrade, you will support this law.

Given the narrow bipartisan margins in the House of Representatives, Democrats cannot lose three votes until the bill comes to a pro-vote. But as many Republicans opposed the Democrats’ decision to withdraw the Lok Sabha bill earlier this week, Democrats do not need full support within their party to pass the bill.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Labid spoke with Hoir on Tuesday evening after funds for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system were last withdrawn from the US government’s financial bill.

In a statement, he said the conversation with Lloyd Hoyer was “a technical delay as a result of the debate in Congress about the US budget deficit ceiling.”

A spokesman for the allocation committee told CNN that Iron Dome funding would be included in the 2022 defense bill, before Hoyer announced the introduction of a separate bill to implement the fund. But after Hoyer’s announcement, the spokesman said the project would not require additional pumping later in the year to cross the Iron Dome Renewal Interceptor if emergency funding is provided.