Senate Democrats Push To Triple Israel's Iron-Dome Aid To $576 Million

Tyler Durden's picture

U.S. Senate Democrats included $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday, which, as Bloomberg reports, in addition to the $351 million that’s already under discussion for Iron Dome in fiscal 2015 would bring the potential new funding to $576 million, compared with the $176 million currently requested by the Pentagon. "Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter dated yesterday and while the Iron Dome system is built by Haifa-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, an agreement with Israel calls for more than half the funds the Pentagon provides for Iron Dome to be spent in the U.S..

 

As Reuters reports,

U.S. Senate Democrats included $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday that also cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to deal with thousands of undocumented child immigrants.

 

"Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself," said Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in a statement.

 

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U.S. lawmakers tend to be heavily pro-Israel. However, the fate of the $225 million - and other funding in the legislation - is uncertain in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, where there is stiff opposition to an increase in spending tied to the Democratic president's request.

This almost triples the aid for Israel (as Bloomberg reports),

The money -- which would be included in an emergency spending bill directed mostly at child-migration issues on the U.S.-Mexico border -- would be in addition to the $351 million that’s already under discussion for Iron Dome in fiscal 2015. It would bring the potential new funding to $576 million, compared with the $176 million requested by the Pentagon for the year that begins Oct. 1.

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The added $225 million for the current fiscal year would be used “to accelerate production of Iron Dome components in Israel to maintain adequate stockpiles,” Hagel said in the letter.

“Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter dated yesterday

An agreement with Israel calls for more than half the funds the Pentagon provides for Iron Dome to be spent in the U.S.

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We can almost hear the teleprompter now that Republicans (should they block this spending) would have the blood of dead Israeli children on their hands...

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km4's picture

As Kerry leaves Israel without breakthrough in Gaza cease-fire talks

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.606915?utm_sour...

cossack55's picture

Back to the yacht and some fine liquer.

 

PS  Does not iron rust?

johngaltfla's picture

The IDF is of little concern; Israel will do what it wants and needs to do. However, President Bush-League Semi-Pro Golfer has opened his piehole one time too many me thinks:

Is Putin’s Special Session of the Duma Tomorrow to Announce De-Dollarization or a Ukraine Peacekeeping Mission?

Publicus's picture

More taxpayer money down the drain heading towards the rich.

COSMOS's picture

Meanwhile in Detroit people are having their water shut off because they were not 'chosen' for aid.

SafelyGraze's picture

putin announces iron dome for gaza

 

john39's picture

Today the U.N. approved a probe to analyze whether israel has committed war crimes... only one pathetic country voted against it....  guess who:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/united-nations-to-launch-probe-into-gaza-op...

the world is not blind to what the U.S. and is-ra-el are all about.

pods's picture

Those missiles aren't going to buy themselves.

pods

Keyser's picture

FFS, there are only 6,000,000 Israelis... Move them all to Florida and be done with it... They will offset all the new hispanic / latino "citizens" flooding the border... 

quintago's picture

Did anybody watch Frontline last night? I'm surprised people in this country don't revolt. It's disgusting.

cifo's picture

Every country should buy an iron dome. /s

TeamDepends's picture

Tyler, sometimes in our darkest moments we wonder where your allegiances lie.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

If the Pali's can set off enough Iron Dome rockets Israel might just choke on it's own smoke. 

disabledvet's picture

See below and "what's the emergency?" Nuke Jerusalem and save America.

So somebody wants to slaughter more people in the name of (insert whatever here) why should the taxpayer have to actually pay for that? That's what we have Capitalism for!

Is this part of some "political platform"?
"We have a ten to one kill ratio but it's not working?"
Doesn't sound very Christian.

Doesn't even sound logical.

Or even legal.

Are war crimes being committed here?

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

They're sweating half a billion dollars? That's a rounding error in todays money. Heck, in 2001 under the Bush administration Don "Rummy" Rumsfeld seemed to have "lost" 2.3 Trillion national defense dollars, somewhere.

Titus's picture

"Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself," said Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in a statement.

What Israel really needs is to start funding their own wars!

What the US really needs is to get rid of people like Babs Mukulski, Polish Jewish turned catholic, who are more closely allied with their zionist brethren than the USA. 

 

 

Escrava Isaura's picture

quintago,

I don't own a television. What was the topic?

Thanks.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Very true. Although my favorite part was "if republicans vote against this". Ha. Not in this lifetime. Although if one of them does vote against it, they can be my new favorite politician since RP retired.

what's that smell's picture

when MASTER speaks, BLASTER squeaks.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

"Those missiles aren't going to buy themselves."

No shit. I have no animosity towads either the Jews or the Arabs. I'm just tired of paying to protect one and paying to kill the other. 

Fuck both of them. I'm working my ass off. I got 4 hours sleep last night. Fuck taking half my pay for this bullshit when we have bridges and power lines here in Alabama that are falling down.

Paveway IV's picture

What you need in Alabama is the powerful Crony Dome system to protect against tax attacks by corrupt politicians. Get rid of that Federal Roach Motel, "...Tax dollars check in, but they never check out..." - it's just not working anymore.

PT's picture

You may have to work harder.  I hear your competitor only got 3 hours sleep!

john39's picture

anyone still unclear on who owns the U.S.?

Ignatius's picture

Hint: No "Iron Dome" for Gaza.

disabledvet's picture

Maybe a Silver Line though.

"Americans are HONEST BROKERS" in the Middle East.

Trying to serve God and Mammon both?

Sorry but...that's a no no.
That eternal damnation.

"And the loss of another 50 million voters."

JLee2027's picture

Meanwhile in Detroit people are having their water shut off because they were not 'chosen' for aid.

 

Water is free, find a stream. 

Dragon HAwk's picture

Dude you ever see a Stream In a City.. not a pretty Sight...

COSMOS's picture

Tell that to the Israeli's who build desalination plants with my tax money and then get subsidized oil by my taxes to power them.  Tell them to look for a stream and leave my tax money alone.

disabledvet's picture

"Darry Vader takes out Stephen Spielberg as poll numbers soar!"

Martian Moon's picture

It's just paper currency, not real money.

Stop worrying so much.

Be happy.

JLee2027's picture

Tell them to look for a stream and leave my tax money alone.

Don't see that ever happening. And I do mean ever.

Skip's picture

The US Strategic Oil Reserve guess who has first dibs on that? Not the US, care to guess again? Oh yes you're right ISRAEL has FIRST DIBS on our oil. Lovely.

In 2003 the total cost to US Taxpayer was THREE TRILLION DOLLARS it is much more now.
http://www.wrmea.org/wrmea-archives/251-washington-report-archives-2000-...

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Any person with half a clue would expect to lose a service that they failed to pay for 24 months straight.

I'll bet, if you think for awhile you can come up with of a much better ignorant analogy with which to attack Jewish people.

Antifaschistische's picture

yep...the spend 1/2 in America part is the secret.   I work with government contracts of this nature.  What this means is 250 million will be funneled to inside organizations (friends and family of Washington elite and most certainly Obama supporters) who will perform a service for shares of the 250 mill, but the service they provide will have a market value of about 20% what they're getting paid.   THe 80% will make the uber wealthy, more wealthy, and a good percentage will get backflushed into democratic...and to a lesser extent Republican, campain funds.

...and that's the way the machine works.

Ookspay's picture

Stop sending Israel money for the iron dome.

Soon they will tire of mohamadanian rockets raining down on their cities and they can just start lobbing nukes around the M.E. 

Hey, Bonus! Maybe then a little nuclear winter will help offset the effects of the mythical global warming boogeyman! Twofer!

COSMOS's picture

They can lob all the shit they want, the world needs a lot less people.  Bring on the nuclear winter and wipe out those troublesome holy cities.

thestarl's picture

With Israel one gets the impression they could lob their nukes on any fucking one for whatever bullshit reason they give and it would be perfectly justified by the US government/AIPAC.

thestarl's picture

I agree Cosmos fuck religion of all denominations

Ookspay's picture

So you believe that everything came from nothing?

Wow! Now that takes real faith!

kill switch's picture

Fuck the middle class,,, their gone,, wake the fuck up!!!!!! The iron dome should be in place at the fucking Mexican border!!!!!

 

600 palis killed,, iron dome seems to be working well in zion...

 

$576,000,000 This is an odd number, why not $578,000,000???? Is there a budget palan for this??? What a fuckin joke.....

RafterManFMJ's picture

...bring the potential new funding to $576 million...

Jesus Christ.

Crash Overide's picture

Something about dual passports and American politics... oh yeah and endless money to Israel because they are surrounded...?

max2205's picture

Just make it an even billion

Janet print off a billion

COSMOS's picture

Isn't she technically still printing money for her nation ??????????  She has two passports after all.

john39's picture

its how you milk the debt serfs...

Keyser's picture

Janet will have to check with Valerie first, but it's sure to be ok...  /s

 

Squid Viscous's picture

starting to think Stanley Fischer is the real Lizard of Oz, apparently the first person Yellen called after her nomination... and Yellen is too fucking dumb to orchestrate anything more than a sleep away camp in the Catskills