Yesterday the US Congress approved $205 million for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. That was on top of $200 million previously allocated for Israel’s Arrow and David’s Sling development programs. Now, one might question approving nearly half a billion dollars for a foreign country at a time when budgets for programs in the United States are being axed, so it is definitely convenient that the US public will not know about the vote as it has not been reported anywhere in the US mainstream media. The article I saw was in today’s Haaretz.
But the most interesting part of the story was the vote itself: 212 in favor and 206 against. Israel is accustomed to 400 yes’es nearly all the time. Is it possible that the US Congress is finally developing a backbone? Or a conscience?