House Votes 420-9 for Israel
By Micah Halpern
Sunday September 26, 2021
It is good news when a bill supporting Israel wins by a whopping vote of 420 – 9 in the House of Representatives.
And that’s exactly what happened when the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for legislation to provide $1 billion to Israel to replenish its "Iron Dome" missile-defense system.
Referring to the vote as a "resounding response" to those challenging the United States' support of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said:
In the debate that preceded the vote, Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American, termed Israel an "apartheid state" and demanded that the House of Representatives discuss the protection of Palestinians from Israeli attacks.
She said: "I firmly believe our country must oppose selling weapons to anyone, anywhere without human rights law compliance."
House majority leader Steny Hoyer said support of Israel is not a partisan matter.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Iron Dome was purely a defensive system and said: "Passage of this bill reflects the great unity in Congress on a bipartisan and bicameral basis for Israel's security … Assistance to Israel is vital, because Israel's security is an imperative for America's security. Today, and every day, Congress stands in support of a comprehensive, durable peace in the region, and we pray for every life lost on all sides of this conflict.”.
This is a major statement of support for Israel.
As an aside, hedging her bets, AOC voted NO VOTE, or PRESENT in the proposal.
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