US lawmakers strip $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome
However, US lawmakers have already pledged to continue providing funds for Tel Aviv's war arsenal
By News Desk - September 22 2021

Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System.

On 21 September, US lawmakers stripped $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system from a bill that seeks to keep the US government funded until the end of the month.

Nonetheless, following pressure from pro-Israeli lobbyists, democrats have pledged to bring up a separate bill later this week to provide funds for the Raytheon-produced military hardware.

Washington has already provided more than $1.6 billion to Israel to develop and build the Iron Dome system, according to a report by the US congressional research authority last year.

This highlights the strong support Tel Aviv has among democrats and republicans alike.

In response to the news, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement that the withdrawal of funding was a “technical postponement,” and that leaders of the US democratic party had assured him that the amount of funding for the Iron Dome would be transferred soon.

A few members of the democratic party recently objected to funding Israel’s war arsenal, citing the 250 Palestinian deaths caused by Tel Aviv back in May during one of the worst bombing campaigns to hit the occupied Gaza Strip.

The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System is allegedly designed to intercept rockets midair before they hit illegal settlements or the occupied lands.

It was initially developed by Israel’s defense technology company Rafael, but the system has been funded mainly by the US.

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