共和党議員がアイアンドーム批判をめぐって親イスラエルグループを攻撃

共和党議員がアイアンドーム批判をめぐって親イスラエルグループを攻撃
Kentucky’s Thomas Massie was the only GOP lawmaker who voted against the $1bn bill

A 共和党 lawmaker has accused a pro-Israel group of “foreign interference in our elections” after it denounced him for not backing アイアンドーム.

Congressman Thomas Massie attacked the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) after it criticised him on ソーシャルメディア.

An AIPAC フェイスブック advert read: “Efforts to cut, add conditions, or restrict アメリカ’s strong, bipartisan commitment to Israel will only harm America’s national interests,” next to a picture of Mr Massie.

“When Israel faced rocket attacks, Thomas Massie voted against Iron Dome,” the caption added.

The Kentucky congressman was the only Republican to vote against a $1bn bill to fund Israel’s defence system, which protects the country from neighbouring rocket attacks.

Mr Massie was joined by the likes of Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in voting against the bill, which easily passed through the House of Representatives.

The lawmaker took to twitter to defend himself from the AIPAC attack.

“How is THIS not foreign interference in our elections?” He wrote, despite AIPAC being an American group.

Following his tweet, AIPAC responded by saying that it “will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.”

And they added: “We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. 「「

After the vote Mr Massie said that he had voted against adding to US debt.

“My position of ‘no foreign aid’ might sound extreme to some, but I think it’s extreme to bankrupt our country and put future generations of Americans in hock to our debtors," 彼は言った.

The Iron Dome was specially designed to protect Israel against a range of incoming short-range threats.

間に 2006 war Israel fought with Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah movement, thousands of rockets were launched into Israel killing dozens of people and causing severe damage.

紛争後, Israel developed the missile defence shield, which became operational in 2011 and fires interceptor missiles to take out rockets launched at the country.

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