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Sen. Graham: Will Push For Israel’s $1B Request From US For Iron Dome

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Israeli’s government will ask the Pentagon this week for $1 billion in aid to replenish its Iron Dome capabilities after the recent Gaza Strip military actions, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday while vowing to do his part in the Senate to make sure the funding is approved.

“If Hamas tries to destroy Israel, as Iran threatens the existence of the Jewish state, I will keep coming back here and saying more for Israel, the South Carolina Republican told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” in an interview from Israel, where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday. “Every time someone tries to destroy Israel, our response is going to be more aid. It starts with replenishing the Iron Dome. A billion dollars investment would be a good investment for the American people.”

Graham said he’s been touring several Israeli sites and has seen several homes destroyed and a “lot of young people, 18-21, serving their country with a lot of enthusiasm.”

He also said that the Biden administration has been “helpful” during the latest Israel-Hamas conflict, and he doesn’t think the relationship between the United States and Israel will change, even considering Netanyahu’s political difficulties.

“If you like politics, come to Israel,” said Graham. “They have an election about every 60 days. The government may change in the next couple of days quite frankly. One thing that won’t change is the relationship between Israel and the United States. There has been no better friend to the United States than Israel.”

Netanyahu, he added, “has been one of the strongest leaders in the world for the last 15 years,” but Israel is “worried to death” … (Read more)

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