Four Senate Republicans introduced legislation on Friday, May 21, to strengthen Israel’s missile defense system known as “Iron Dome”, the measure also counters the Democrats’ effort to block arms sales to Israel.
The conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group has been raging for 11 days, with some 250 dead, including at least 60 children.
Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Ted Cruz of Texas have requested that federal funds allocated for Gaza-based humanitarian aid be redirected “to help Israel replenish its highly effective missile defense interceptors,” which have successfully stopped hundreds of projectiles launched by terrorists from hitting civilian areas in Israel.
“With Hamas and other Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorists continuing to launch indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israel, Americans have seen the images of Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense systems repeatedly intercepting rockets and saving the lives of countless civilians,” Hagerty said in a press release.
The Republican-sponsored bill was released two days after the release of a bill by New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which promotes a blockade of U.S.-supplied weapons to Israel.
Cortez’s initiative came after the Biden administration approved a $735 million arms sale to Israel, just a week before the conflicts began. Cortez’s bill was undoubtedly aimed at blocking the sale.
The only Palestinian-American representative in Congress, Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, and Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, joined Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts.
At the same time, President Biden announced that he will send humanitarian aid to Gaza, which was interpreted by Republicans as a grotesque mistake.
Regarding Biden’s move, Bill Hagerty said, “My legislation requires the Biden Administration to stop U.S. foreign assistance from going to Gaza and other Hamas-dominated areas and instead redirect these resources to help Israel resupply its life-saving Iron Dome interceptors. The United States must unequivocally support Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorists.”
Hagerty, like so many other anti-terrorists, understands that bringing “humanitarian aid” to the Gaza Strip can easily turn into collaboration with the terrorist groups that dominate the area.
Some pro-Palestinian Democrats try to impose the narrative that those who defend Israel’s position, such as the Republicans who introduced the aforementioned bill, are in favor of war and oppression of the Palestinian people.
However, this is not necessarily the case, in fact, what they say is that the only way to achieve a peaceful situation is to completely eliminate terrorism, and for this reason, they claim to promote U.S. aid to the Israeli state.
“The United States must ensure Israel continues to have the resources it needs to protect Israeli citizens and to defeat its terrorist enemies. U.S. assistance headed to areas under Hamas control should be redirected to Israel to resupply the Iron Dome,” Senator Cotton said.
In the same vein, Senator Cruz recalled that the Hamas terrorist group fired more than 4,000 rockets at Israel. “Our Israeli allies have an obligation to defend their people and we have an obligation to support them as they do so,” Cruz said.