Responding to an op-ed published by The Times of Israel titled “The immorality of Democratic ‘progressives’ targeting Iron Dome,” ADL president Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted, “It is unconscionable that a small group of Members of Congress — the so-called ‘Squad’ — demanded that the House leadership strip out funding for Israel’s Iron Dome before they would approve the [continuing resolution].”
“The Iron Dome is a defensive system designed to protect civilians. Innocent people of all ethnicities & faiths — Jews, Muslims, 基督徒, Druze and others — depend on the Iron Dome for protection when terror groups like Hamas + Hezbollah launch thousands of rockets at them,” Greenblatt wrote on Wednesday. “It is a disgrace that the Squad succeeded. It emboldens Hamas & Hezbollah and others enemies of peace. To the MOCs who made the demands, look at the below. Every intercepted rocket was fired indiscriminately toward civilian centers with 1 目标: the brazen murder of innocents.”
Greenblatt predicted the “shameful act” by the progressive lawmakers will “fuel further campaigns by anti-Zionist activists” as well as inflame anti-Semitic violence like what took place last spring amid the Israel-Gaza conflict.
“Make no mistake – human lives are at stake. Lawmakers are promising action and we demand Congress follows through. This funding has been delayed by both Democrats & Republicans for too long. We need an immediate bipartisan effort to fund the Iron Dome now,” Greenblatt added.
的 “队,” which includes Reps. 亚历山大·奥卡西奥·科尔特斯, D-N.Y。, 伊尔汗·奥马尔（Ilhan Omar）, D-Minn。, and Rashida Tlaib, 我, were able to scrub the proposed $ 1 billion meant to continue funding the Iron Dome.
然而, several moderate Democrats, including Michigan Rep. 艾丽莎·斯洛特金（Elissa Slotkin）, slammed the progressive victory.
“Iron Dome is a purely *defensive* system — it protects civilians when hundreds of rockets are shot at population centers. Whatever your views on the Israeli-Pal conflict, using a system that just saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives as a political chit is problematic,” Slotkin tweeted on Tuesday. “So to target Iron Dome now means the issue isn’t a genuine concern over the system, but rather the desire to attack something – anything – related to the State of Israel; it’s devoid of substance and irresponsible.”
在星期三, House Democrats introduced a separate bill that would provide the $ 1 billion in funding towards the Iron Dome.