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.

Most Americans Oppose Apartheid Policies in Israel

There is no more debate in Israel (this article appears is from the Jerusalem Post) than in the U.S. about our support for that country. The U.S. mainstream press/media mostly bans debate. And they certainly don’t want you to know that the American people do not support carte blanche support for the Apartheid regime in Israel. And more importantly, the American people are divided while Congress is not. They are totally beholden to the pro-Israel lobby:

A majority of US voters endorsed restrictions that would keep Israel from spending US defense assistance to detain Palestinian minors, destroy Palestinian buildings, or annex parts of the West Bank, according to the results of a new poll conducted during the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict.

The poll, conducted by Data for Progress, a progressive polling firm, sought to capture public opinion on a question that is increasingly dividing Democratic lawmakers: whether US aid to Israel should be withheld if Israel does not meet certain conditions. For many years, that opinion has been considered off-limits for politicians, but that has shifted recently with the rise of a progressive left in the Democratic Party.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington in 2015. (photo credit: REUTERS)