Democrats in the US Congress came under fire from Republicans on Tuesday after they withdrew from a bill a billion dollar envelope intended to finance the Israeli anti-missile shield “Iron Dome”.
Democrats were quick to assert those funds would be included instead in another bill, the annual U.S. Defense Budget, which is debated this week in the House of Representatives.
But House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy immediately accused them of “capitulating under the anti-Semitic influence of their radical elected officials,” while some centrist Democrats also lamented the move.
According to American media, it was under pressure from some elected members of the left wing of the party that the Democrats withdrew, during a debate in committee on a budget bill, this planned billion dollar envelope. to finance the Israeli anti-missile shield.
Republican leaders had already announced that they would not vote for the finance bill anyway, effectively dooming it to failure in Congress. But that did not stop them from being outraged by the Democratic decision.
“Tragic. Democratic leaders surrender to the anti-Semitic left, ”tweeted the conservative senator Ted cruz.
Tragic. Dem leadership surrenders to the anti-Semitic Left.
They hate Israel so much that Dems are stripping $1 BILLION in funding for Iron Dome—a purely defensive system that protects countless innocent civilians from Hamas rockets.
Will any Dems have the courage to denounce? https://t.co/2TzLw7uR96
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 21, 2021
Several moderate Democrats have been exasperated at the supposed pressure from their left wing.
“I can’t believe that some fellow Democrats” would rather vote against a law to fund government “rather than defend one of our most important allies,” tweeted House politician Dean Phillips.
Another elected House Democrat and former CIA analyst Elissa Slotkin said opposing funding for the “Iron Dome” was “irresponsible” and showed “a willingness to attack anything, no matter what. what thing, which is related to the State of Israel ”.
“There will be no interruption in the funding of the Iron Dome,” said Democratic chair of the House Budget Committee Rosa DeLauro, according to Politico, specifying that it would be included in the budget of the House. Defense.