NEW DELHI. The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee introduced legislation on Wednesday to provide $1 billion to Israel to replenish its “Iron Dome” missile-defense system, a day after the funding was removed from a broader spending bill.
Some of the most liberal House Democrats had objected to the provision and said they would vote against the broad spending bill.
The removal led Republicans to label Democrats as anti-Israel, despite a long tradition in the U.S. Congress of strong support from both parties for the Jewish state, to which Washington sends billions of dollars in aid every year.
For the uninitiated, Iron Dome was created to cope with mortars and rockets shot into Israel at relatively close range by terrorists in Gaza/Hamas and by anti-Israel agents in Lebanon belonging to Hezbollah.
Twitter remained completely polarized on the issue with many questioning if Israeli citizens do not have right to live and defend.
Iron Dome is a defensive system used by one of our closest allies to save civilian lives. It needs to be replenishe… https://t.co/iqaTLxbsv3
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) 1632245510000
Amazing watching all these people coming out in favor of a US funded iron dome for Gaza. After all, only in a moral… https://t.co/RQeAB2DSZs
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) 1632251432000
A fact-based thread
Iron Dome is a purely *defensive* system — it protects civilians when hundreds of rockets are shot at population ce… https://t.co/4na2X86pxA
— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) 1632249263000
‘Those opposing Iron Dome are anti-Semitic’
The Iron dome saved countless lives from rockets that Hamas terrorists fired at Israel..it seems that you care less… https://t.co/WMAN0Adav1
— יוסף חדאד – Yoseph Haddad (@YosephHaddad) 1632369880000
Tragic. Dem leadership surrenders to the anti-Semitic Left. They hate Israel so much that Dems are stripping $1 B… https://t.co/x1lSuDDohW
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) 1632248262000
‘Iron Dome saved both Jewish and Muslim lives’
Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives, both Jewish and Muslim. And it has saved an enormous amount of Palesti… https://t.co/kVwKLCeszt
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) 1632371083000
Each flash is Iron Dome destroying a rocket destined for civilians.Each rocket could have killed Jews or Arabs. T… https://t.co/sn0iBwS8MT
— AIPAC – Text IRON DOME to 73075 (@AIPAC) 1632255882000
‘Blocking funding for Iron Dome harms both Israelis and Palestinians’
Blocking funding for Iron Dome may well harm Israelis and Palestinians alike. If Israel cannot protect its citizens… https://t.co/pioPgFZpRo
— Dennis Ross (@AmbDennisRoss) 1632263334000
And, the Iron Dome saves countless Palestinian lives, especially in Gaza. It allows Israel to respond to rocket att… https://t.co/6sCSABbrHH
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) 1632256795000
‘Funding Taliban but not Israel’
We just gave tens of billions of dollars in U.S. weapons to the Taliban and now Democrats have removed funds for th… https://t.co/DFfFEtMnYa
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) 1632316853000
Democrats just blocked my bill to designate the Taliban a Foreign Terrorist Organization. This coming only hours… https://t.co/Ge4LFuc3qS
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) 1632254031000
‘Democrats’ Socialist Squad will destabilize middle-east’
Last spring, 4,400 rockets launched by Hamas were fired into Israel.The Iron Dome saved countless innocent lives… https://t.co/HKQRmODJnP
— Catalina Lauf (@CatalinaLauf) 1632354366000
‘From being Hamas spokesperson to firing rockets at Jews’
Liberals hate the idea of Jews being able to defend themselves.Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have gone from being… https://t.co/7caYcGrPPh
— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) 1632256229000
‘Hamas got its own US congressional seat’
I didn’t know Hamas got its own U.S. congressional seat but here we are https://t.co/L2Rrz5YNye
— Trinity’s VP of Hakeem Jeffries fan club (@TrinityMustache) 1632369397000
People on other side of spectrum believed US has no business helping Israel.
There is nothing “defensive” about giving the Israeli regime an additional $1 *billion* to spend on subjugating & b… https://t.co/4eowMyLdMK
— Mohammed El-Kurd (@m7mdkurd) 1632353631000
‘Where’s Iron dome for Gaza’
Where’s the Iron Dome for Gaza? https://t.co/59ki7c6pPX
— Kari (@MouthyMamita) 1632338900000
It beckons the question why Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and East Jerusalem don’t deserve their own defe… https://t.co/d8IhmNjSdk
— Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין (@MairavZ) 1632251644000
‘Israel should pay for its own defense’
Can Israel not afford an Iron Dome? Why are we paying for it?
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) 1632277435000
‘Keep a level playing field’
The same people who insist that “money is fungible” to justify keeping Gaza in a state of perpetual humanitarian cr… https://t.co/y4cwVjufpM
— Matt Duss (@mattduss) 1632252173000
‘Simple as that’
Gaza already have an iron dome system, It’s called:”Not firing at Israel” https://t.co/W6AiAorr6A
— Adin – עדין (@AdinHaykin1) 1632310379000