Eight pro-Israel lobby groups sent a letter to the US Senate leadership on Tuesday to force the release of $ 1 billion into Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, which has stalled in the Senate since September. The groups said that “withholding funds” puts Israel in “grave danger” and harms the “reputation” of the US and “national security interests”.
The lobby groups wrote their letter to Republican Rand Paul – the only Senator who prevented the funding of Israel’s air defense system from being accelerated through unanimous approval in the US Senate. The Israeli newspaper reported Haaretz on Wednesday.
While the House of Representatives approved $ 1 billion in emergency aid for Israel’s Iron Dome as early as September after an internal dispute in the ranks of the Democratic Party, Paul in the US Senate insisted that the funds for the Israeli defense system be drawn from the proposed US aid to Afghanistan should be redeployed.
“A person’s objection should not undermine the overwhelming and bipartisan will of the Senate, nor should it stand in the way of ensuring Israel has the means to keep its people safe,” the open letter said. The signatories demand from the Senate leadership not to allow any unnecessary delays in the adoption of this emergency aid.
US President Joe Biden had promised the Israeli government supplies for the Iron Dome missile defense systems after the almost two-week Gaza conflict in May 2021. Biden had given the Israelis full support to upgrade the Iron Dome air defense system to ensure the defense and security of Israel in the future. A single Israeli defense missile is said to cost between $ 20,000 and $ 50,000. If you compare this with the often much cheaper Hamas bullets, a new aspect of US policy in support of Israel comes to light.
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