House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy shredded Democrats after they turned their backs on one of Americans top allies – Israel.
House Democrats refused to approve a GOP request to replenish the vital Iron Dome system protecting the state of Israel after it was used to defend against a barrage of rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists.
McCarthy said on Thursday after the Democrats shot down the request, “House Democrats had an opportunity to show a sharp contrast from the anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions taken by some of their own members, but they didn’t.”
“Just moments ago, I made a unanimous consent request on the House floor to fund Israel’s critical Iron Dome defense system. As many of you know, we have the president of Israel here this week. The Israeli government requested resources from the United States to help them replenish the weapons system, supplies and equipment which is vital from protecting the Jewish state from terrorist attacks. As many of you know, the Iron Dome is a defensive protection; we watched the number of missiles come just a few months ago,” McCarthy stated.
He continued, “I made the request alongside (minority) Whip (Steve) Scalise, ranking member (Kay) Granger, (Michael) McCaul and (mike) Rogers. Considering Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East, this measure should have received unanimous consent. House Democrats had an opportunity to show a sharp contrast from the anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions taken by some of their own members, but they didn’t. Their caucus rejected this proposal and turned their backs on Israel instead.”
McCarthy was referencing recent comments made by Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar who compared the U.S. and Israel to terrorist organizations.
Omar then doubled down, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper she did not regret her remarks according to Fox News, “Omar then proceeded to blame Jewish lawmakers who find her history of anti-Israel remarks offensive, telling Tapper, “I’ve welcomed any time my colleagues [have] asked to have a conversation to learn from them, for them to learn from me.””
“But, she continued, “I think it’s really important for these [House] members to realize that they haven’t been partners in justice. They haven’t been [equally] engaging in seeking justice around the world, and I think I will continue to do that. It is important for me as someone who knows what it feels like to experience injustice in ways that many of my colleagues don’t.””
The bill shut down by Democrats was expected to make $1 billion available for Israel in assistance and to ensure the Iron Dome is ready should terrorists in Palestine attack again as history shows they have a tendency to do.
The bill would have made the $1 billion available for the next two years should Israel decide that it still needs the funding for “the acquisition, enhancement, maintenance, and sustainment of the Iron Dome defense system to counter short-range rocket threats.”
Author: Samuel Truston
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