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Senate blocks aid to Israel

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'Our number one ally — at least in my mind — is under attack,' Reid says. | AP Photo

By BURGESS EVERETT | 7/31/14 8:46 PM EDT

In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies.

A last-ditch effort to deliver aid to Israel during its war with Hamas died on the Senate floor, as Republicans blocked the proposal over concerns that it would increase the debt.

After Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ $2.7 billion border aid package, which also included $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and $615 million to fight Western wildfires, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to split off the Israel and wildfire money as a standalone bill, hoping to put aside the dispute over border funding and appeal to Republicans’ deep ties to Israel.

(Also on POLITICO: Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire)

“We’ve all watched as the tiny state of Israel, who is with us on everything, they have had in the last three weeks 3,000 rockets filed into their country,” Reid said. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asked for $225 million in emergency funding so that Israel’s arsenal as it relates to the Iron Dome could be replenished. It’s clear that is an emergency, and we should be able to agree on that.”

It didn’t work.

Even though GOP leaders had vowed to pass an Israel aid bill in recent days, Republicans rejected Reid’s request. First Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) objected to Reid’s request for a straight emergency cash infusion for firefighting and Israel. Then Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) offered an alternative that would deliver money to Israel and the West and offer commensurate spending cuts to international organizations like the United Nations; Reid blocked that.

“Our number one ally — at least in my mind — is under attack. If this isn’t an emergency I don’t know anything that is,” Reid said.

“I want to fund Israel,” replied Coburn. “I also want to make sure our children have a future.”

(Also on POLITICO: Scarborough explains Israel remarks)

The stumble on delivering $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which is used to shoot down rockets aimed at Israel, infuriated GOP hawks who’d been pushing Reid to break the Israel funding from the border bill.

“It’s an important moment for the Senate and the House to show support for Israel. All I can say that if you don’t see the need to come to Israel’s aid now, and the message that it would send now, it would be a big mistake,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “Any person who thinks that the Iron Dome is unnecessary needs to go to the floor and tell us why, why we don’t need to help Israel right now. They’re asking for our help, they’re our best friend in the region, one of our best friends in the world. “

US Senate passes emergency funding for Israel's Iron Dome

Published time: August 01, 2014 15:33
Edited time: August 01, 2014 16:11 Get short URL

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A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells (AFP Photo)

The Senate overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure early Friday that could give $225 million in additional revenue to Israel for the country’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) received unanimous consent from his colleagues Friday morning when he asked them to consider approving the measure, The Hill reported. An attempt one day earlier by the Senate to approve funding for the system had failed.

Next, the House of Representatives will be tasked with weighing the request, which if passed will put nearly a quarter of a billion dollars towards Israel’s missile defense system as that country continues its campaign against Hamas in Gaza City.

“They’re running out of Iron Dome missiles to protect themselves,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said at the hearing, according to The Hill. “We are with you. Here are the missiles.”

“We are with the Israelis, because if they don’t have the Iron Dome, they can’t defend themselves,” added Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona).

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U.S. Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham ® (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih)

Earlier in the day, a previously agreed upon ceasefire agreement between the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas fell apart barely two hours after it began. The IDF has been waging a campaign on Gaza for nearly one month now, and says the ongoing strikes are needed to retaliate against missiles being launched by Hamas into Israeli territory.

"Hamas violated the humanitarian ceasefire which began this morning by firing rockets at Israel from Gaza,"the Jerusalem Post cited the Israeli Foreign Ministry as saying. The ceasefire was expected to last 72 hours.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said: “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack, which led to the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the apparent abduction of another. It was an outrageous violation of the ceasefire negotiated over the past several days, and of the assurances given to the United States and the United Nations.” Kerry also said Hamas must “immediately and unconditionally” release the Israeli soldier in their custody.

Earlier this week, an IDF-attributed strike on Gaza resulted in the shelling of a United Nations-run school inside of a Palestinian refugee camp. The White House, UN and international community at large mostly condemned the attack, but that same day the Pentagon reportedly approved an Israeli-made request for additional rounds of ammunition from the US.
Quote:Wally 01.08.2014 16:12
92 million people out of work due to government increased regulations, taxes, and other laws. Millions of veterans dying, without proper care.

Here they're quick to send Israel billions, all while granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants who are raping, and murdering our own people who are here legally. The Indians on the reservations will chortle all they want. But soon, the South American gangs will go after them.
Human beings are wrecking everything. Jesus we suck.
Welp, looks like a shitload of israelis are probably going to die to force more money out of someone.

Im sure it will be an attack on jewry as a whole and the cries will go out for everyone to help the poor jews whose very existence is threatened by these rocket blasts that have so far killed less Israelis than a day on american highways kills americans.
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^ that is the best picture of lindsey graham you can find.
Help the Jews! *throws heavy shekels
(08-04-2014 08:33 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ][Image: 473px-Lindsey_Graham__Official_Portrait_...1346368599]

Is it true he was once engaged to Rock Hudson?
(08-04-2014 08:33 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ][Image: 473px-Lindsey_Graham__Official_Portrait_...1346368599]

Wrong flag - his flag has the Magen David.
(08-04-2014 09:06 AM)Megatherium Wrote: [ -> ]
(08-04-2014 08:33 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ][Image: 473px-Lindsey_Graham__Official_Portrait_...1346368599]

Is it true he was once engaged to Rock Hudson?

False, and you should be careful when it comes to spreading potentially slanderous and damaging rumors.

Lindsey Graham and Rock Hudson were never anything more than fuck buddies.
That dude is flaming as fuck.

Not that it matters.

Or does it?
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