By Robert Rechnitz
Chairman of the Iron Dome Tribute
Congress approved a bill adding another $225 million of funds to the Iron Dome, although it did encounter some difficulties that required immense lobbying in 10 days leading up to it. One has to wonder why this became a political issue at a time of Israel being under siege by the Iran-backed Hamas.
The attempt to attach the Iron Dome funding to a larger spending bill was a blatant partisan move that undermines the strong relationship between the U.S. Congress and Israel. We are thankful to the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, who sought to detach the requests and achieved victory. Israel’s relationship with the United States and the U.S. support of Israel is not a partisan issue. Any attempt to make it an issue ignores the common democratic interests of these two countries.
According to the IDF, the Iron Dome advanced anti-missile system has successfully destroyed 90 percent of its targets since the onset of the assault by Hamas three weeks ago.
Countless lives are being saved by the Iron Dome. Each time it is deployed, the danger to life is literally blown out of the sky. The project to develop the Iron Dome has been a close collaboration between Israel and the United States—two countries in which there is no higher value than the sanctity of life. The initiative came to fruition after our friends in the U.S. Congress, led by the late Senator Daniel Inouye, fought with great commitment for its implementation.
Years of energetic lobbying efforts went into the eventual funding of the Iron Dome. Bringing the project to completion has required a committed bipartisan effort that continues to this day. Republicans and Democrats alike continue to show that when it comes to the security of the State of Israel, the United States stands as one.
We thank the United States Congress for its friendship, support, and sharing of democratic interests in the Middle East. G‑d bless the United States and G‑d bless Israel. ϖ