Conference of Presidents Calls for Prompt Senate Vote on Iron Dome Funding

New York, NY

. . . Dianne Lob, Chair, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We are dismayed by a third delay in as many weeks of a vote in the US Senate by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to provide $1 billion to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

This critical legislation passed the US House by a nearly unanimous vote weeks ago, and has the strong support of senators from both sides of the aisle. With a 90% interception rate, the life-saving Iron Dome technology is a key line of defense for the people of Israel – Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike – and to jeopardize its integrity risks the safety and security of both Israelis and Palestinians.

We call for Senator Paul to drop his objections to allow what will undoubtedly be an overwhelming vote to approve, so that President Biden can sign the legislation and the Jewish State can rest assured that its qualitative military edge is not threatened.”

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