Caving in to the hateful rhetoric publicized by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-MI, the Democratic Party on Tuesday removed $1 billion in military aid to Israel for the Iron Dome from a broader government funding bill.
This was primarily a result of the progressive members of the party threatening to block the bill unless it was withdrawn. Due to this situation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caved in to the progressive pressure despite the fact that the Iron Dome saves thousands of Israeli lives, Jews and Arabs alike.
In reaction to the antisemitic move, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted, “BREAKING → Democrats just pulled funding from the Iron Dome—the missile defense system that has saved countless lives in Israel from Hamas’ rocket attacks. While Dems capitulate to the antisemitic influence of their radical members, Republicans will always stand with Israel.”
But, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, “the House will consider legislation this week to fully fund Iron Dome. We will act to ensure Israel has the ability to defend itself, and I expect strong bipartisan support for this effort.” Hoyer announced on the House floor on Tuesday evening that the funding for the Iron Dome would be brought for a standalone vote later this week, allowing scope for the funding to continue if voted in support of.