News ID: 316563
Published: 0442 GMT September 22, 2021

Progressive Democrats remove $1b in military funding for Israel

Progressive Democrats remove $1b in military funding for Israel
AFP

Iron Dome missile systems are pictured in the city of Sderot, Israel, on April 24, 2021.

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday removed $1 billion in military funding for Israel from legislation to fund the U.S. government after objections from liberals in the House of Representatives.

Some House Democrats objected to a provision in a stopgap spending bill to provide the additional funding so Israel can replenish its "Iron Dome" missile system. The U.S. company Raytheon Technologies Corp produces many Iron Dome components, Reuters reported.

Some liberal Democrats objected to U.S.-Israel policy this year, citing the many Palestinian casualties after Israel launched attacks on Gaza Strip in May.

The $1 billion would be on top of the $3.8 billion the U.S. already gives Israel each year. Israel requested the additional amount after its bombardment in Gaza in May, which killed over 250 Palestinians, including over 60 children, according to antiwar.com.

The Israeli officials say they need the money to restock the iron dome missile system. But when the request was first reported, Israeli officials also said they would also use the money to purchase munitions, mainly precision-guided bombs for the Israeli Air Force.

The $1 billion for Israel was removed over protests by progressive Democrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

The United States has already provided more than $1.6 billion for Israel to develop and build the Iron Dome system, according to a U.S. Congressional Research Service report last year.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement that the removal of the funding was "a technical postponement" and he had been assured by U.S. Democratic leaders that funds for Iron Dome would be transferred soon.

 

 

 

 

   
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