A Republican lawmaker accused a pro-Israel group of “foreign interference in our elections” after denouncing them for not supporting Iron Dome.
Congressman Thomas Massie attacked the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) after he criticized it on social media.
An AIPAC Facebook ad read, “Efforts to reduce, add conditions or restrict America’s strong, bipartisan engagement with Israel will only harm America’s national interests,” alongside ‘a photo 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 billion-dollar bill to fund Israel’s defense system, which protects the country from neighboring rocket attacks.
Mr Massie was joined by figures including Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in voting against the bill, which was easily passed by the House of Representatives.
The lawmaker used Twitter to defend against the AIPAC attack.
“How is THAT not foreign interference in our elections?” He wrote, although AIPAC is an American group.
Following his tweet, AIPAC responded by saying that it “will in no way be deterred by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work”.
And they added, “We are proud to be engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts reflect American values and interests. “
After the vote, Mr. Massie said he voted against increasing the US debt.
“My position of ‘no foreign aid’ may seem extreme to some, but I think it is extreme to bankrupt our country and defeat future generations of Americans in the face of our debtors,” a- he declared.
The Iron Dome was specifically designed to protect Israel from a range of incoming threats at close range.
During the 2006 war, Israel fought with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah movement, thousands of rockets were launched at Israel, killing dozens of people and causing severe damage.
As a result of the conflict, Israel developed the anti-missile shield, which became operational in 2011 and fires interceptor missiles to eliminate rockets launched at the country.
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