Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) says Israel spends $ 1 billion on the United States to replenish the Iron Dome missile defense system following an 11-day conflict between the Jewish state and a terrorist group in Hamas. Said to request.
Graham, who met with a senior Israeli official this week, Press conference in Jerusalem on TuesdayDuring his visit, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
“This week the Pentagon is being asked for $ 1 billion by the Pentagon to replenish the Iron Dome and a few other things to upgrade the system,” Graham said. sit The Senate Budget Committee said at a press conference.
“This was probably the biggest lasting attack in history, and the Iron Dome worked incredibly well, saving the lives of thousands of Israelis and tens of thousands of Palestinians, so the administration I think I will answer yes to this request and pass the parliament. “
Graham also told reporters that he believed the request had bipartisan support, given the “wide and deep support for Israel among Democrats.”
President Joe Biden promised to replenish the Iron Dome system at a press conference last month. He also said he would work with Palestinian authorities who lost control of the Gaza Strip to Hamas during the 2008-2009 Gaza War to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza and Gaza’s reconstruction efforts.
“I believe that Palestinians and Israelis have the right to live equally, safely and safely, and to enjoy freedom, prosperity and democracy equally,” Biden said.
“My administration believes that there is a real opportunity to continue and make progress in quiet and persistent diplomacy towards that end, and I promise to work for it.”
The White House did not immediately respond to the Epoch Times’ request for comment on Graham’s remarks.
A mutual ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas terrorist groups began on May 21 and has been in effect ever since. The conflict began when Hamas fired rockets at Israel over a trial to evict several Palestinian families in East Jerusalem that triggered the riots.
During the attack, Hamas launched more than 4,000 rockets into the Israeli civilian area from May 10.
Netanyahu used to be Statement to the media Israeli operations aimed to eliminate terrorist groups that threatened the security of the Israelis and “regain peace and security for you, Israeli citizens.”
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, at least 230 Palestinians have been killed and 1,710 have been injured so far, but the numbers are not divided between civilians and fighters.