Top Republican: Democrats Defunding Israel’s Ability to Intercept Terror Rockets

House Rules Committee ranking member Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., listens during a House Rules Committee hearing on the impeachment against President Donald Trump, December 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt Rourke / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MATT ROURKE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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The ranking member of the Rules Committee Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) knocked President Joe Biden and Democrats for defunding Israel’s Iron Dome, which is simply a defense mechanism to reduce deaths from launched rockets from terrorists.

“I understand that some of my Democratic colleagues oppose giving aid of funding to Israel,” a Fox News reporter tweeted Cole’s statement. “But the Iron Dome is a purely defensive system used to intercept incoming short range rockets launched at Israel by terrorist organizations.”

Radical House Democrats have pledged to block a government funding bill if the funds for the Iron Dome are included. Many Democrats signed a pledge this summer to block arms sales to Israel. But the Iron Dome, as Cole pointed out, is purely a defensive mechanism.

Defunding the Iron Dome perhaps alludes to the panicked position the Democrat leadership finds themselves. The Democrat-controlled Congress must pass a funding bill and also suspend the debt limit within days to stop a government shutdown when current government funds dry up at the end of this month.

TOPSHOT - Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system (L) intercepts rockets (R) fired by the Hamas movement from Gaza city towards Israel early on May 16, 2021. - Israel pummelled the Gaza Strip with air strikes, killing 10 members of an extended family and demolishing a building housing international media outlets, as Palestinian militants fired back barrages of rockets. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP) (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system (L) intercepts rockets (R) fired by the Hamas movement from Gaza city towards Israel early on May 16, 2021. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Democrat leadership capitulating to the far-left is perhaps the only way the party may be able to satisfy many radical members within their ranks to pass the bill.

If the funding bill does pass the House, the measure has little chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats need ten Republican votes.

Upon hearing the idea of defunding the Iron Dome, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said the left’s antisemitic influence is controlling the Democrat Party.

“While Dems capitulate to the antisemitic influence of their radical members, Republicans will always stand with Israel,” he said.

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) suggested the Democrats caved to the radical left just after President Biden promised to help protect Israel from terrorism.

“Speaker Pelosi JUST caved to the socialists and yanked funding for Israel’s Iron Dome from the government funding CR bill. Dems can’t even keep a promise for 24 hours,” Hice tweeted.

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