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US House passes funding for Israel’s Iron Dome after fiery debate

One Republican congressman accused the Democratic Party of being under the “bizarre influence of a group of anti-Semites” as a few Democratic lawmakers opposed US support for Israel’s air defense system.
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The US House of Representatives advanced a bill on Thursday that would fund Israel’s Iron Dome. The bill passed after a tense debate between pro-Israel lawmakers in both parties and a small but vocal contingent of pro-Palestine progressives.

House Resolution 5323 (the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act) passed 420 votes to nine, with two voting present. The bill was introduced by Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut after funding for the Israeli air defense system was removed from a previous bill on US government spending. The bill would give $1 billion to the Iron Dome and will next head to the Senate.

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