US House approves $1 billion for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile-defense system

By Indian Express

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to give $1 billion to Israel for its Iron Dome missile-defense system, two days after objections from the most liberal Democrats forced leaders to remove it from a broader spending bill.

The measure passed by 420 to 9 — eight no’s from Democrats and one from a Republican — with two members voting present. That sent the measure to the Senate, where leaders have not yet scheduled a vote.

A handful of progressive House Democrats, who have accused Israel of human rights abuses against Palestinians, had objected to the provision’s inclusion in the broad spending bill.

That threatened the bill’s passage, with Democrats only narrowly controlling the House, because Republicans opposed the plan to fund the federal government through Dec. 3 and raise the nation’s borrowing limit. The House passed the broader bill on Tuesday.

But the removal of the Iron Dome funding angered centrist Democrats and led Republicans to label the party as anti-Israel, despite a long tradition in the US Congress of strong support from both parties for the Jewish state.

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