A United States Senate bid to deliver aid to Israel during Operation Protective Edge was blocked by Republicans “over concerns that it would increase the debt,” Politico reported.
The Democrats proposed a $2.7 billion border aid package that included $255 for the Iron Dome missile defense system.
“We’ve all watched as the tiny state of Israel, who is with us on everything, they have had in the last three weeks 3,000 rockets fired into their country,” Majority Leader Harry Reid was quoted as saying in an appeal to Republicans’ deep ties to Israel after they shut down the proposal. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asked for $225 million in emergency funding so that Israel’s arsenal as it relates to the Iron Dome could be replenished. It’s clear that is an emergency, and we should be able to agree on that.”
“Our number one ally — at least in my mind — is under attack. If this isn’t an emergency I don’t know anything that is,” Reid continued.
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