The GOP attempted to authorize emergency funding to Israel in support of its Iron Dome missile defense system. The specialized defensive apparatus destroys incoming rockets before they land, saving lives as Israel continues to fall under a barrage of missiles launched at them by Palestinian terrorist organizations.
However, in a vote of 218-209, Democrats blocked the life-saving security funding proposed by Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX). The measure would have permitted Israel to receive emergency funding specifically for missile defense, a tool which has proven to be crucial as Iranian-backed terrorist organizations such as Hamas and PIJ continue to target Israeli non-combatants with explosive rockets. Only one Republican voted against the measure; Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), joined with Democrats against Israel.
Gonzales said that the U.S. should demonstrate support for Israel’s right to defense, as well as use America’s power to combat terrorism. He asked a bold question on the floor, “Will my Democrat colleagues. . . cower to the Iranian proxies?”
Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) lamented after the vote that “Democrats blocked aid for Israel.” Aid that he says “could help de-escalate the attacks” as well as save thousands of lives on both sides of the conflict; “and they blocked it.”
Although official Democrat leadership supports Israel’s right to defense, the party is bending knee to the radical-left anti-Semitic voices of “the squad” members such as Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who don’t simply wish to leave Israel helpless, but also seek to sanction the country for alleged ‘war crimes’ against terrorists in Gaza.
Ocasio-Cortez went so far as to introduce a measure this week which would block American weapon sales to Israel, a measure which had the support of racist anti-Semitic organizations such as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions group.
The money would have amounted to approximately $73 million in improvements to Israel’s Iron Dome system, with additional funding being put into missile defense for the Washington D.C. Capitol complex. Money also would have been put into technological development of anti-missile systems which can intercept incoming rockets at greater ranges than current technology allows.
Author: Desiree Wilson