The USA Remove Iron Dome funding from the upcoming budget.
Democratic Party leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives removed approximately $1 billion of funds in Israel’s Iron Dome defense system on Tuesday.
The amendment was made because progressives within the party could not support the larger bill, which included the Iron Dome funding.
Democratic lawmakers Tuesday snubbed $1 billion of military funding to Israel in legislation to finance the U.S. government after opposition to liberals within the House of Representatives.
Still, the party leaders promised to discuss the issue up at the end of this week.
A few House Democrats opposed the provision of a bill that is a temporary spending bill to offer the extra funds to ensure that Israel can expand its “Iron Dome” missile-defense system. It is the U.S. firm Raytheon Technologies Corp.
The disagreement caused the House Rules Committee to be temporarily suspended until the members of the Appropriations Committee announced that funds to the Israeli system will include in the bill to fund defense in the coming year.
It could create the scene for a new dispute about military aid for Israel.
On Tuesday night, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that he was planning to present the bill to the House on the floor in the coming week to finance the missile defense system entirely.
However, he was confident the bill to be approved. “We ought to do it … it is essential,” Hoyer stated.
Jamaal Bowman, One of the Democrats who expressed concerns regarding the provision earlier, said that House members were not provided enough time to examine the issue.
“The problem is leadership (will) just throw something on our table, give us about five minutes to decide what we’re going to do, and then tries to move forward with it,” Bowman told reporters.
The United States has already provided more than $1.6 billion to Israel to create and construct the Iron Dome system as per the U.S.
The money is a reflection of the constant support for assistance to Israel from both Democrats as well as Republicans.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid claimed in a statement the decision to stop the funds is “a technical postponement,” and Lapid had been informed by U.S. Democratic leaders that the funds are being transferred to Iron Dome would be shared shortly.
This year, certain liberal Democrats opposed the U.S.-Israel strategy despite the numerous Palestinian victims following Israel’s attack back after Hamas attacks the Gaza Strip in May.
Israel claimed that they shot out most of the 4,350 rockets launched from Gaza in the skies through Iron Dome interceptors.