House votes overwhelmingly to provide $1 Billion for Israel’s Iron Dome defense

Congress can’t pass an infrastructure bill or civil rights legislation. But when it comes to Israel both parties march in lock step. The powerful of the Israeli lobby in the U.S. is almost without challenge. A member of Congress brave enough to challenge ‘The Lobby’ would targeted in the next election. They would also be called an anti-Semite:

The House of Representatives voted 420-9 on Thursday to provide $1 billion in aid for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system after the money was abruptly cut from a separate stopgap spending bill over opposition from a handful of progressives.

…“The Iron Dome is a critical tool in protecting the Israeli civilian population — Jews and Arabs alike — from Hamas attacks,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) referring to the rulers of the Gaza Strip. “All Israelis and Palestinians deserve peace, security and the right to self-determination.”

The U.S. began financially supporting Israel’s development of the Iron Dome system about a decade ago and has provided about $1.6 billion for its production and maintenance, according to the Congressional Research Service. The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets fired into Israel.

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