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Amid Iron Dome Funding Spat, Gantz Says US Remains Israel’s Closest Ally

Defense Minister Benny Gantz indicated on Thursday, September 23, that a Congressional decision to nix funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system would not seriously affect defense ties between Israel and the United States.

Speaking publicly about the highly touted relationship between the allies for the first time since Democrats temporarily took $1 billion earmarked to restock interceptor missiles off the table this week, Gantz said that the countries’ ties would remain strong.

“Our alliance with the United States is the result of deep security ties, which are based on common security interests and above all on shared values,” Gantz said. “That’s how it has been and that’s how it will continue to be.”

The defense minister’s comments came two days after a group of progressive Democrats in the US Congress successfully lobbied their party leadership to nix a $1 billion earmark to fund Israel’s Iron Dome from a bill funding the US federal government.

While the Iron Dome funding has since been introduced in Congress as a separate bill and is widely expected to pass, the incident has raised questions about the future of Democratic Party support for the State of Israel. (TOI / VFI News)

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