US Committed to Supporting Israel’s Iron Dome
Stand for Israel | June 8, 2021
During the latest wave of terrorist rocket attacks – attacks that not only targeted southern Israel, but major cities further away from Gaza, as well – Israel’s Iron Dome stopped 90% of projectiles launched from the Gaza Strip. This shows the importance of the air-defense system to the Israeli people. And, i24NEWS reports, Israel’s American allies realize the Iron Dome’s importance, too, committing U.S. resources to replenishing this protection against terror:
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that the United States is committed to replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
“We are working with the Israelis to fully understand their needs and working with Congress,” the country’s top diplomat told the House Foreign Affairs Committee during testimony on US President Joe Biden’s 2022 budget request and the department’s foreign policy priorities…
Blinken reiterated the Biden administration’s position that Israel has a right to defend itself against rockets fired indiscriminately at Israeli civilians.
“It would be unacceptable for any country to have rockets rain down on it indiscriminately targeting civilians and not do something about it,” Blinken said, adding that as a democracy, Israel has an “extra burden to do everything it possibly can to avoid civilian casualties.”
With regard to Hamas, Blinken called it “hard to fathom” how anyone in the world could accept a terrorist organization that has “vowed in its own charter to destroy Israel…”