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Gaza aid should go to Israel Iron Dome instead, GOP senators say: ‘Wipe Hamas’ from Earth

A group of Republican senators led by Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., are introducing legislation Thursday to redirect funds bound for Gaza to instead help replenish Israeli’s defensive “Iron Dome” system.

The bill, which has 10 Republican co-sponsors as of Thursday morning, would require President Biden to transfer “all unexpected balances of appropriations made available to Gaza to the Department of Defense, to be available for grants to Israel for the Iron Dome short-rage rocket defend system.”

“In the wake of Iran-backed Hamas’s savage attack on Israel in which over 1,300 people in Israel were murdered, including 30 Americans, and as Iran-backed Hamas terrorists continue to launch missiles and rockets into Israel, the American people have seen the images of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense systems repeatedly intercepting rockets and saving the lives of countless civilians,” Hagerty told Fox News Digital. “My legislation requires the Biden Administration to halt U.S. foreign assistance from going to Hamas terrorist-dominated areas and instead to redirect these resources to help Israel resupply its life-saving Iron Dome interceptors. The United States should unequivocally support the right of Israel to defend itself from terrorists.”

Some U.S. officials are worried that Israeli’s defensive Iron Dome system could be stretched thin if the war with Hamas continues to escalate, a fear that would become even more dire if Hezbollah were to enter the conflict.

“The Hamas and Iran-orchestrated terror attacks we have seen in Israel are pure evil,” Tuberville told Fox News Digital. “Israel must wipe Hamas from the face of the earth and ensure that this never happens again. As Israel continues to fight and kill terrorists, the United States has a strategic interest in supporting Israel and supplying Israel. We should immediately stop all foreign assistance to Hamas-controlled Gaza and redirect those funds to the Iron Dome, which has saved countless Israeli civilian lives.”

Reached for comment by Fox News Digital, a National Security Council spokesperson said that “U.S. assistance for Palestinians does not go to or through Hamas” and that the State Department “has rigorous oversight over UNRWA policies, programs, and finances – including through the completion of an annual report to Congress on key UNRWA issues, such as quarterly assessments of UNRWA facilities, potential misconduct by UNRWA staff or beneficiaries, and compliance with section 301(c) of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.”

“The United States provides funding for essential and life-saving humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees through vetted international and non-governmental organizations,” the spokesperson said. “These organizations fill a critical role in providing assistance that would otherwise be filled by terrorist organizations like Hamas. Our trusted partners and beneficiaries are subject to extensive vetting and oversight procedures to help prevent assistance from flowing to individuals or organizations that are affiliated with terrorists.”

The spokesperson pointed to remarks Biden has made throughout the month, including directing his team to ensure that Israel had everything they needed for the Iron Dome.

“We’re surging additional military assistance, including ammunition and interceptors to replenish Iron Dome,” Biden said last week. “We’re going to make sure that Israel does not run out of these critical assets to defend its cities and its citizens.”

The spokesperson also noted that Biden has given assurances that aid would not continue if it fell into the hands of Hamas.

“If Hamas confiscates it or doesn’t let it get through or just confiscates it, then it’s going to end, because we’re not going to be sending any humanitarian aid to Hamas if they’re going to be confiscating it,” Biden said Wednesday. “That’s the commitment that I’ve made.”
 

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