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.