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Israel's Iron Dome: The US Congress approves a billion dollars to support the missile system

Israel’s Iron Dome: The US Congress approves a billion dollars to support the missile system

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett thanked Congress for supporting Israel

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday to give Israel $1 billion to support its Iron Dome missile defense system, after two days of debate in which most progressive Democrats opposed the project.

The measure passed by 420 votes to 9 (eight Democrats and one Republican). With this vote, the measure was sent to the Senate, where leaders have yet to set a vote on it.

The grant money was originally included in legislation addressing the looming government shutdown and potential debt crisis in October. But objections by some Democratic lawmakers led to the item being removed from the spending bill.

“The passage of this bill reflects the great unity in Congress about Israel’s security,” House Democrats leader Nancy Pelosi said, addressing Parliament.