Instead of standing with Israel, Democrats continue to stand aside. (Note: “AOC, Tlaib introduce resolution to halt weapons sale to Israel”)
217 Democrats just voted against Rep. Tony Gonzales’ (TX-23) motion to recommit, which would provide emergency funding for the Israeli Cooperative Programs to ensure that Israel has the systems it needs to defend itself against continued attacks. This is part of the $3.8 billion the United States provides for security assistance to Israel every year (which has historically been supported on a bipartisan basis).
This is the same amount of funding for Israeli missile defense included in the annual appropriations bills.
This funding would ensure Israel is able to replenish Iron Dome resources necessary to continue to counter incoming rocket fire over civilian areas and provide additional resources to deter regional adversaries.
Details of the $500 million for missile defense cooperation.
- $73 million for Iron Dome
- $177 million for Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense
- $77 million for Arrow III (upper-tier missile defense)
- $173 million for Arrow I and II improvements
Rep. Gonzales delivered remarks in support of his amendment:
.@RepTonyGonzales: "Now is the time that we must stand with our ally Israel"
"We need to show them that we believe in their right to defend themselves and that the United States will do everything within our power to ensure they defeat these terrorists and any attacks by Iran." pic.twitter.com/wdzbBGkkYY
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) May 20, 2021
“As I’ve listened to the debate on this legislation that seeks to provide emergency funding, I realized that it is tone deaf. The true emergencies we should be providing funding for that are not part of this bill.
“We have a southern border crisis, if that’s not enough we have a crisis in the Middle East. We have a n emergency situation at our southern border and as even as we debate, the United States’ closest ally, Israel, is under constant terrorist threat.
“Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, proxies of Iran, have been attacking Israel for two weeks and have fired over 4,000 rockets from Gaza into Israel.
“Now is the time to stand with our ally Israel. We need to show them that we believe in their right to defend themselves and that the United States will do everything within our power to ensure they defeat these terrorists and any attacks by Iran.
“Will my Democrat colleagues choose to stand with Israel or will they cower to the Iranian proxies?
“U.S. security assistance to Israel has been crucial to countering the many threats facing Israel on a daily basis. Our security partnership serves as an active deterrent.
“The investment in the Iron Dome defense system that counters short range rockets is one of the most important investments we have made toward peace in the Middle East.
“Not only does it save Israeli lives, it saves thousands of Palestinian lives. If the 4000+ rockets fired by terrorists had hit their targets, Israel would have had no choice but to escalate the conflict.
“Madam Speaker, if we adopt the motion to recommit, we will instruct the Committee on Appropriations to consider my amendment to H.R. 3237. It would provide emergency funding for the Iron Dome defense system to ensure that Israel has the system it needs to continue defending against these attacks and enable the Israelis to replenish the thousands of interceptors they have used.”
The final vote was 218 to 209.