Israeli politicians react to US approval of Iron Dome replenishment bill

PM Bennett: “Whoever tries to challenge this support received an unequivocal answer today”. DM Ganz: “US support for our missile defense system on a bipartisan basis is critical for Israel’s defense

Israeli politicians react to US approval of Iron Dome replenishment bill

Iron Dome intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip at Southern Israel during Operation Guardian of the Walls, May 2021. Photo credit:  Reuters/Amir Cohen

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives approved a bill submitted to secure funding in the sum of $1 billion for the replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome. The approval followed initial objections from several liberal Democrats. Eventually, the bill was passed 420:9, with eight Democrats and one Republican voting "no", and two Democrats voting "present".   

Israel’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett: "Thank you to the members of the US House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, for the overwhelming support for Israel and for the commitment to its security.

"Whoever tries to challenge this support received an unequivocal answer today.The people of Israel thank the American people and their representatives for their steadfast friendship.”

Israel’s Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz: “On behalf of Israel’s defense establishment, I would like to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Chairwoman of Appropriations Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member of Appropriations Kay Granger and members of the US House of Representatives for demonstrating their commitment to Israel’s security and for backing the replenishment of interceptors for the Iron Dome Missile defense system.

“US support for our missile defense system on a bipartisan basis is critical for Israel’s defense against rocket attacks conducted by terrorist groups such as Hamas in Gaza - but not only. Israel’s borders are surrounded by malign actors and terrorist groups who seek to harm our civilians and destroy the only Jewish State.

We saw this clearly in May 2021, when terrorist group Hamas launched over 4000 missiles at schools, hospitals, homes - Israeli population centers - and Iron Dome shot them down. The Iron Dome is a system designed to protect and save lives.

I thank the US government for recognizing the threats to civilian lives and for its steadfast support for the security of the State of Israel.”

Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy: "The US House of Representatives proved again its unwavering commitment to Israel's defense. On behalf of myself and the Knesset, I wish to thank House Speaker Pelosi for her leadership standing by our shared values and to all House members as well, Democrats and Republicans, for showing doubters that the bipartisan support for Israel is stronger than ever.”

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