Some Republican senators have introduced legislation to allow for the restocking of Iron Dome missile defense systems while Israel is at war with Hamas.
The Emergency Restock for Iron Dome Act of 2023 requires the United States to redirect foreign funding away from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome.
Israel is safe from missile assaults because of its Iron Dome air defense system. Israel has been hitting Gaza with aerial operations in revenge for Hamas’ brutal attack earlier this month, and the two sides have been trading rocket fire ever since.
Republican Senator Bill Hagerty of Tennessee presented the bill. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, Alabama Senator Katie Britt, Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, Florida Senator Tommy Tuberville, and Texas Senator Rick Scott are all cosponsors of the bill.
Over 1,300 Israelis and 30 Americans were killed in the savage attack on Israel by Iran-backed Hamas, and Hagerty said in a statement that the American people had witnessed Israel’s missile defense systems, Iron Dome, intercepting rockets, blasting them out of the sky, and saving the lives of its citizenry.
To save lives, my measure requires the United States to stop providing aid to territory controlled by Hamas terrorists and redirect those monies to Israel to help replenish its Iron Dome interceptors. Israel has a right to self-defense against terrorism, and the United States must explicitly support that right.
More than 2 million people call Gaza home, and ever since the siege began, they have been living in fear of a humanitarian calamity.
The administration of President Joe Biden has expressed its support for Israel’s right to self-defense while encouraging the country to take steps to minimize civilian losses.
It is also evident that Vice President Biden does not compare the Palestinian people with Hamas.
This is not the first time Senate Republicans have suggested slashing funds for Gaza. According to Hagerty, a similar measure will be proposed in 2021.