The move to fastrack the senate passage of the Iron Dome replenishment bill suffered a snag on Monday.
This scenario developed after Republican Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky delayed a vote to fast track a bill that would provide Israel $1 billion to replenish its stockpile of Iron Dome interceptors.
The move of Paul further delayed the much-needed bill ten days after the House of Representatives passed a suspension bill to provide Jerusalem with the funding.
Paul is also the only senator who refused to “hotline” the bill even after it had been approved by the House.
“Hotlining” is when all 100 senators agree to allow a bill to go straight to the floor for a vote, substantially accelerating the approval process.
In opposing the move to fastract the passage of the bill, Paul wants to get the funding for the bill from proposed assistance to Afghanistan which is now governed by the Taliban.
“I think the American taxpayer dollars that pay for it should come from money that could go to the Taliban,” said Paul.
The Christians United For Israel (CUFI) chided Paul’s delaying tactics saying that the Iron Dome is a matter of life and death for Israelis and Palestinians.
“Whatever concerns he has on other issues should be addressed in a manner that does not put innocent lives at risk, ”CUFI founder and chairman Pastor John Hagee said.
“The legislation he is blocking advanced through the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. Senator Paul needs to stop playing games with the safety of the Israeli people,” Hagee said.