WASHINGTON (Dispatches) – Four Republican Senators have called for federal funds designated by the administration of President Joe Biden for Gaza-based humanitarian aid to be redirected “to help Israel replenish its highly-effective missile defense interceptors.”
In a statement, GOP Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Ted Cruz of Texas argued that with Hamas resistance forces and other movements in the Palestinian terrorists continuing to launch retaliatory rocket attacks against the Zionist regime, the U.S. has to provide funds for the Zionist regime to help fix the failure of the missile system.
The 11 days of hostilities involving rocket attacks and airstrikes that left at least 243 Palestinians and 12 Zionists dead in the region’s worst bout of violence in years have been brought to an end after the Zionist regime was forced to give in to a ceasefire.
According to the United Nations, over 77,000 Palestinians have been displaced by airstrikes that reduced hundreds of apartment buildings to rubble.
With Gaza’s water and power infrastructure damaged, the area faces the daunting task of recovery and rebuilding, with many countries pledging to fund the effort.
Biden acknowledged on Thursday that the United States would be sending aid to Gaza, but added the process would be coordinated with the Palestinian Authority.
The GOP senators’ move comes in the wake of a Democratic effort to block arms sales to Tel Aviv.
New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earlier introduced a resolution to block a U.S.-supplied weapons package to the Zionist regime that had been vetted by the Biden administration ahead of the outbreak of violence in the Middle East.
Congress was officially notified of the proposed sale on 5 May of $735 million in weapons to the occupying regime.
Forming the bulk of the deal were Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMS, which can transform so-called “dumb” bombs into precision-guided missiles and have been purchased by the Zionist regime in the past.
Ocasio-Cortez, joined by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisc., stated:
“For decades, the U.S. has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Israel without ever requiring them to respect basic Palestinian rights.