House passes Israel supplemental aid bill, poised for Senate approval

T. Belman.  It appears that although the Israeli support was separated from the Ukrainian support, in reality it wasn’t.

“The overwhelming bipartisan support for Israel is a striking testament to the fact that Israel has no closer ally than America, and America has no closer ally than Israel,” stated the Israeli president.

By MIKE WAGENHEIM, JNS April 21, 2024

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2023 Annual Leadership Summit in Las Vegas. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

American Jewish and pro-Israel groups lauded Saturday’s passage of a long-stalled Israel supplemental aid bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Under the threat of losing his job from his right flank, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) shepherded the bill—part of a larger foreign aid and national security package—to a successful 366-58 vote, with 37 Democrats and 21 Republicans opposing.

The bill, which now heads to the Senate, includes $17 billion in defense aid to Israel, along with $9 billion for humanitarian aid to Gazans and others involved in conflicts around the world.

Of that funding, $4 billion would be allocated for the replenishments of Israel’s Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems, $1.2 billion for the Iron Beam defense system, which uses laser technology to neutralize short-range rockets, and $3.5 billion for the purchase of advanced weapons systems and services.

Another $1 billion would go to enhancing weapons production and $2.4 billion to the Pentagon to account for the high cost of its protective operations in the region since Oct. 7.

An additional $400 million was included in the package for the domestic Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which supports nonprofit organizations—notably synagogues, Jewish community centers and other Jewish facilities—with bolstering protection.

The bill will also prohibit funds going to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, the scandal-plagued organization that provides aid and social services to Palestinians.

“This package will deliver critical support to Israel and Ukraine; provide desperately needed humanitarian aid to Gaza, Sudan, Haiti and other locations impacted by conflicts and natural disasters around the world; and bolster security and stability in the Indo-Pacific,” stated U.S. President Joe Biden.

“It comes at a moment of grave urgency, with Israel facing unprecedented attacks from Iran, and Ukraine under continued bombardment from Russia,” Biden added. “I urge the Senate to quickly send this package to my desk so that I can sign it into law and we can quickly send weapons and equipment to Ukraine to meet their urgent battlefield needs.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chair of the Israel Allies Caucus, said during debates on the House floor: “The United States must make absolutely clear in both word and deed, not just today, but every day—and without equivocation—that we stand with Israel.”

“Of significance, H.R.8034 prohibits aid to Gaza from flowing through UNRWA, an antisemitic disgraceful organization that teaches Palestinian children to hate Jews and glorifies suicidal martyrdom and the evisceration of Israel as a state,” he added.

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  1. This passage of the bill was said to be bipartisan, but I would raise a rhetorical question as to whether the bipartisan support indicated Dems and Reps support or pro Israel and anti Israel support. Quite notably, while Israel is finally being granted this aid, which will no doubt shortly be seen to be held back by the the villainous Biden White House under a misapplication of the Leahy Law, Hamas is simultaneously being funded, and make no mistake the Yankee bucks destined for Gaza will not be subjected to even a fair application of the Leahy Law. The continued state sponsored support of terrorism from the US can not be allowed to continue even as it is still continuing.

  2. Biden is willing to cut off aid to UNRWA? I wonder how he will weasel his way around sanctioning these antisemitic murderers this time.

  3. Well said Ted. You remember I asked you about it and you replied just that you were for separation. I opposed, they were linked in this way:

    The aid to Jews was valid and long overdue. Pay it Biden.

    The very opposite to the grifter Nazis who run Ukraine.

    The only correct approach.

    I was not trusting that set-up and it turns out correctly so.