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‘Last Minute’ Iron Dome Infusion from US

The Senate voted unanimously and Pres. Obama signed the law to make sure Israelis were protected from Gaza missile fire.
An Iron Dome defensive system firing near Ashdod. The system has protected millions of Israelis, at least 550 times during Operation Protective Edge.

An Iron Dome defensive system firing near Ashdod. The system has protected millions of Israelis, at least 550 times during Operation Protective Edge.
Photo Credit: Miriam Alster / Flash 90

The Congress voted Friday morning to transfer an additional $225 million to Israel for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

The move came less than 24 hours after Hamas terrorists kidnapped an Israeli soldier during a cease fire demanded by the United States and the United Nations.

President Barack Obama immediately signed the measure into law, and the funds were transferred overnight, according to a report posted by ABC News.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee two weeks ago approved the transfer of $351 million, bringing the total appropriations for Israel to $621 million.

The funds transferred last night followed a unanimous vote of approval by the Senate just before the start of a long Congressional recess.

“This is a good example of us being able to put aside partisan considerations and work together to help our good friend, Israel,” Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Politico.

“I will stand by Israel for a lot of personal reasons but certainly for political reasons,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “And I have no hesitation in declaring to the world that’s how I feel.”

Senatora Tom Coburn (R-OK) tried but failed to convince his colleagues to pass an amendment to offset the costs of helping Israel by “reducing unnecessary contributions to the UN.”

United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, meanwhile, earlier had slammed the United States for funding the entirely defensive Iron Dome anti-missile system.

“Americans not only equipped the Israelis with weapons used in the Gaza Strip but also helped Israel in the amount of almost a billion dollars to develop the Iron Dome system that protects the residents from rocket fire,” Pillay said. “Gaza residents were not given similar protection from Israeli bombing.”

Pillay has called for an international investigation of Israel’s counter terror operation in Gaza, claiming the IDF is guilty of war crimes. She has not, however, used the same criteria in addressing the actions of Hamas, who started this war, and freely uses civilians as human shields in combat and in placement of weaponry for use against Israel.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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34 Responses to “‘Last Minute’ Iron Dome Infusion from US”

  1. John Scala says:

    Thats the cost of teasing a product in actual situations.

  2. John Scala says:

    Thats the cost of teasing a product in actual situations.

  3. John Scala says:

    testing not teasing

  4. John Scala says:

    testing not teasing

  5. Eva Tillman says:

    Good, I love it ! Yes.

  6. Good! They don’t do much for us but at least they’re prompt for Israel! Vermont, USA. We stand with Israel. Always and Forever! Am Yisrael Chai!

  7. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    FOREVER

  8. Carolin Knox says:

    Obama had insisted the $ for iron be attached to immigration bill, so when it didn’t pass (which they knew it wouldn’t), they had to quickly do a stand alone funding..which should have been in first place. It is for replacement parts…and iron dome is a joint US/ Israeli project. US sends $, Israel brains and real life testing.

  9. Carolin Knox says:

    Obama had insisted the $ for iron be attached to immigration bill, so when it didn’t pass (which they knew it wouldn’t), they had to quickly do a stand alone funding..which should have been in first place. It is for replacement parts…and iron dome is a joint US/ Israeli project. US sends $, Israel brains and real life testing.

  10. Because the US promotes democracy not cowardice acts

  11. Plus we build the missiles

  12. Israel deserves our support in every way. Be glad Obama doesn’t hold these purse strings….and I wish congress would strangle him with them.

  13. Joel Zelnik says:

    This w/never satisfy the meshuginah orthodox wing and the republicans from accusing Pres. Obama of neglecting Israel.

  14. Thank God ! We in the US love & support Israel !!

  15. THEY SHOULD GET BLOOMBERG TO SEND HIS MONEY THERE TOO INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TAKE AWAY LAW ABIDING CITIZENS GUNS!!!!

  16. awesome, god bless israel

  17. its better israel gets it, then some other country , nigel

  18. Thomas Riley says:

    Yay for congress Yay!

  19. Judith Dowla says:

    We need your brains Israel!

  20. Thank you Congress! You heard the American people, and helped one of our strongest allies

  21. Congress should have given Israel the $500 million Obama is sending to Hamas to buy more rockets from N. Korea…

  22. Why Nena says:

    cool…I like it…hope they do not kill many Palestinians…anyway they still are human beings and can be saved…

  23. God is looking after His people

  24. May God bless America

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