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Military aid for Israel removed from U.S. bill to fund government By Reuters


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By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday removed $1 billion in military funding for Israel from legislation to fund the U.S. government after objections from House of Representatives liberals, setting the stage for a potential fight over the matter later this year.

A provision of a temporary spending bill that provided additional funds to Israel to replenish the “Iron Dome”, missile-defense system, was opposed by some House Democrats. American company Raytheon, (NYSE:), produces Iron Dome components.

House debating legislation for funding the federal government up to Dec. 3. It also proposes raising the national borrowing limit.

The House Rules Committee was forced to suspend for a short time as leaders from the Appropriations Committee vowed that they would add funding for the Israeli system in the next defense spending bill. Another dispute could arise over Israel’s military assistance.

Jamaal Bowman, a Democratic Representative, stated that House members were not given sufficient time to examine the issue.

Bowman stated that the problem with leadership is “willing to throw something on us table and give us five minutes to choose what we are going to do, then try to move forward with it.”

According to a U.S. Congressional Research Service Report last year, Israel has received more than $1.6 million in aid from the United States to build and develop Iron Dome. These figures reflect the strong support Republicans and Democrats have for Israel aid.

Some liberal Democrats objected in this instance to the policy, citing Palestinian casualties. Israel responded to Hamas rocket strikes in May. Iron Dome interceptors destroyed most of the 4,350 rockets from Gaza that were fired during the conflict.

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