The US House of Representatives passed on Thursday a bill specifically designated to fund Israel’s Iron Dome in a 420-9 vote.
The new Bill is a result of overwhelming backlash after Far-left legislators pressured house Democrats in the United States to remove a provision in the 2022 Budget Bill providing $1 Billion in funding to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome.
After the funding from Israel was removed, H.R. 5305 passed the House of Representatives in a 220-211 vote late Tuesday night.
During the debate on Thursday for the “Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act,” Rashida Tlaib, who was one of the Congressmembers that pressured the removal of the funding from H.R. 5305, again voiced her opposition, calling the Iron Dome “weapons apartheid.”
The Jewish State’s “Iron Dome” is designed to protect Israeli citizens and communities from incoming rocket attacks. Earlier this year, the Iron Dome system guarded civilians against 4,300 rockets fired by Hamas and other Gaza terror organizations. The highly effective system destroyed 90% of the missiles fired toward populated areas, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, according to the Israeli Military.
Tlaib’s remarks of Thursday were met with rebuke from her fellow congressmen, including Democrat Ted Deutch, who in a fiery speech, stated:
“I cannot allow one of my colleagues to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and label the Jewish democratic state of Israel an apartheid state. I reject it,” he declared. “Today this caucus, this body the House of Representatives will overwhelmingly stand with our ally the state of Israel in replenishing this defensive system. If you believe in human rights, if you believe in saving lives, Israeli lives and Palestinian lives, I say to my colleague who just besmirched our ally, then you will support this legislation.”
“To falsely characterize the state of Israel, is consistent with those — let’s be clear —it’s consistent with those who advocate for the dismantling of the one Jewish state in the world. And when there is no place on the map for one Jewish state that’s anti-Semitism and I reject that,” he added.
Antisemitic Influence Of Radical Members’
Pelosi was initially pressured to remove the provision of Israeli funding by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Betty McCollum, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Pramila Jayapal. This move was dubbed by Republican lawmakers at the time as yet another example of blatant anti-Israel Bias on the part of far-left democrats.
Congressmen such as Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have faced much criticism for anti-semitic comments and actions in the past.
Ilhan Omar was named 2019’s anti-semite of the year by stopantisemitism.org for her outrageous comments including alleging that Jews buy their influence with money, infamously stating “It’s all about the Benjamins,” support of the BDS movement, and submitting a resolution in the House of Representatives comparing boycotting Israel to boycotting the Nazis, according to Jerusalem Post.
Similarly, Republican, Guy Reschenthaler, called for the “immediate removal” of Rashida Tlaib last December for her continuous anti-semitic rhetoric. The representative further scolded Pelosi stating she was “emboldening Tlaib’s dangerous, hateful bigotry, by remaining silent on the issue,” according to i24 News.
Although Israel ultimately received the funding, the removal of support for Israel’s Iron Dome from the previous Bill shows a shift away from America’s support of Israel. A fact that did not go unnoticed by republican congressmen.
House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy responded to the cut of funding on Tuesday, stating on Twitter that in initially pulling funding from Israel the Democrats capitulated “to the antisemitic influence of their radical members.”
Senator Ted Cruz further scolded Democrats earlier this week, stating that they indeed surrendered “to the anti-Semitic Left.”
In Israel, Yair Netanyahu, son of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Newsmax on Tuesday that the “[Iron Dome] system actually saves Palestinians lives as well, because if these missiles wouldn’t have been intercepted they would hit civilians. Much more Israeli civilians would have been killed. Israel would have had to retaliate in a much harder way on Gaza and more, and there would be more Palestinian casualties.”
America’s Support of Israel – A Biblical Issue
Amir Tsarfati, of Behold Israel, in response, further urged that “if you wanted any proof of how America is drifting away from standing by Israel” the removal of funds for the Jewish State in H.R. 5305 demonstrated it plainly.
From a Christian perspective, America moving away from the support of Israel is not only a huge slap in the face to a great ally, but it also places the country in direct opposition to God and His hand of Blessing.
In Genesis 12:3, God not only calls all the nations of the world to bless Israel, but He also presents a warning to those nations and people that choose to curse them: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
The Biden Administration’s softened stance and lifting of sanctions on the terror funding Iranian regime also makes Israel’s Iron Dome increasingly crucial.
Furthermore, this development comes as President Joe Biden pushes for a separate Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem. A move Michael Freund who served as deputy communications director under prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first term stated in a Jerusalem Post opinion piece would “lay the groundwork for dividing Jerusalem.”
The Bible states that in the time prior to Jesus’ return all then nations of the world will turn against the Jewish State and have an obsession with dividing their Capital.
Zechariah 12:3 states, “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”