18-02-2020 08:47 PM Jerusalem Timing

US Approves $225m for Israeli ’Iron Dome’ System

US Approves $225m for Israeli ’Iron Dome’ System

The U.S. Congress approved $225 million in emergency funding for the Zionist "Iron Dome" missile defense system on Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

Zionist iron domeThe U.S. Congress approved $225 million in emergency funding for the Zionist "Iron Dome" missile defense system on Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The House of Representatives approved the funding by a 395-8 vote late on Friday, several hours after the Senate passed it unanimously.

The money would be used to replenish the Zionist arsenal of Iron Dome interceptor missiles, many of which have been used to shoot down short-range rockets fired from Gaza into Occupied Territories in the current three-week-long conflict.

An earlier version of the funding plan had failed on Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a broader spending bill that was largely intended to provide money to handle the current immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But lawmakers in both chambers subsequently reached agreements to pass the missile funding measure separately.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Obama would sign the legislation. However, several administration officials have made comments this week praising the Iron Dome system.

Because it is being treated as emergency spending - similar to that used by Congress to pay for wars and natural disaster relief - the $225 million can simply be added to the U.S. deficit. It does not need to be offset by other savings under congressional budget rules.

Violence has engulfed the Palestinian territories since the Zionist killing machine launched a military offensive in the Gaza Strip almost four weeks ago with the stated aim of halting rocket fire.

At least 1644 Palestinians – mostly civilians – have been killed so far and more than 8850 others injured in relentless Zionist attacks on the blockaded territory since July 7, according to Palestinian medics.

A 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Friday after Zionist authorities accused Hamas of abducting a soldier in the southern city of Rafah.

The Palestinian resistance movement, however, has denied any role in abducting the Zionist soldier.