US House approves $1 billion funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is on course for a $1-billion cash injection from the United States, after a bill was approved in the US House of Representatives.

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed a bill for $1-billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system on Thursday.

The bill had initially been removed following objections by some House Democrats. That move was severely criticized as an indication of waning support for Israel, and it was then introduced as a standalone bill.

It passed with a vote of 420-9, and will now head to the US Senate, to be voted on.

Israel responded quickly.

“Thanks to all members of the US House of Representatives, Democratic and Republican alike, for their sweeping support for Israel and the commitment to its security. Those who try to challenge this support got a resounding response today,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

Some liberal Democrats voiced concerns recently about US-Israel policy, citing human rights concerns like Palestinian civilian casualties as Israel responded to Hamas rocket attacks in May.

Israel said most of the 4,350 rockets fired from besieged Gaza during the recent war were blown out of the sky by Iron Dome interceptors.

“We should also be talking about the Palestinian need for protection against Israeli attack,” Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib, an opponent of the funding, said during debate.