Congressional Progressives’ Push for Greater Israeli Civilian Casualties

Sept. 23 2021

On Tuesday, a group of Democrats in the House of Representatives managed to get a provision for restocking Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system removed from a much larger spending bill. Subsequently, other Democrats introduced a separate bill to provide the funding. David Horovitz examines the perverse logic behind this largely symbolic attack on the U.S.-Israel alliance:

That Democratic members of Congress today would even wish to prevent, never mind succeed in preventing, the smooth approval of funding for the Iron Dome dismally underlines the immorality taking hold in small but now self-evidently potent areas of that party when it comes to Israel. For seeking to deny funds to Israel for the Iron Dome is indeed immoral. This is a military system whose sole purpose and capability is defensive. It keeps people alive despite terrorists’ best attempts to kill them. It is the vital first line of defense against the war crime of indiscriminate rocket fire directed at civilians.

Those U.S. legislators doing their utmost to deprive Israel of its protection are attempting to abandon Israelis to that deadly fire. . . . Without the protection afforded by the Iron Dome, it is worth stressing, the Israeli military would likely be forced to resort to greater use of firepower when the home front comes under rocket attack, in order to limit the duration of the conflict and minimize Israeli civilian deaths—likely leading to greater civilian casualties in the terrorists’ home territory. In other words, far from protecting Palestinian civilians, hobbling the Iron Dome would probably have the opposite effect.

But the very readiness, the cynical scheming to target the Iron Dome, of all things, is despicable and unforgivable. It shows that, for some legislators, obsessed by a loathing for a small state in a toxic region, absolutely no avenue is off-limits when it comes to harming Israel and rendering its people vulnerable to their would-be killers.

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Congress, Democrats, Iron Dome, US-Israel relations

Why Is Iran Acquiring Property in Venezuela?

In June Tehran and Caracas concluded a major twenty-year cooperation treaty. One of its many provisions—kept secret until recently—was the transfer of 4,000 square miles of Venezuelan land to Iranian control. Although the territory is ostensibly for agricultural use, Lawrence Franklin suspects the Islamic Republic might have other plans:

Hizballah already runs paramilitary training centers in restricted sections of Venezuela’s Margarita Island, a tourist area northeast of the country’s mainland. The terrorist group has considerable support from some of Venezuela’s prominent Lebanese clans such as the Nasr al-Din family, who reportedly facilitated Iran’s penetration of Margarita Island. . . . The Maduro regime has apparently been so welcoming to Iranian intelligence agents that some of Hizballah’s long-established Latin American network at the tri-border nexus of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay has been overtaken by Hizballah activities on Venezuela’s Margarita Island.

Iran’s alliance with Venezuela most importantly provides Tehran with opportunities to target U.S. interests in Latin America and potentially the southern United States. Iran, along with the Chinese Communist Party, is in the process of strengthening Venezuela’s military against the U.S., for instance by deliveries of military drones, which are also considered a threat by Colombia.

While air and seaborne arms deliveries are high-profile evidence of Iran’s ties with Venezuela, Tehran’s cooperation with Venezuelan intelligence agencies, although less visible, is also intense. The Islamic Republic’s support for Hizballah terrorist operations is pervasive throughout Latin America. Hizballah recruits from Venezuela’s ten-million-strong Lebanese diaspora. Iran and Hizballah cooperate in training of intelligence agents and in developing sources who reside in Venezuela and Colombia, as well as in the tri-border region of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

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