U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) recently cosponsored legislation to redirect aid funds for Palestinians in Gaza to replenish Israel's now-depleted Iron Dome missile defense system.
The U.S. Department of State plans to transfer American relief funds to Gaza during its current conflict with Israel.
Hostilities have escalated over recent weeks after the Palestinian militant group Hamas fired rockets and raided multiple Israeli towns, killing thousands, including at least 30 Americans.
The Emergency Resupply for IRON DOME Act of 2023 would reallocate appropriations for Gaza assistance to be made available for grants for Israel to replenish the vast system of missile defense interceptors.
Some U.S. Defense officials have expressed concerns over Israel's capacity to maintain the Iron Dome if the conflict escalates.
"This week, I signed onto legislation that would redirect American aid to the Palestinians and use it to strengthen Israel's iron dome," Tuberville said on Thursday. "Joe Biden says he wants to cut the Palestinians [a] check for 100 million, I am absolutely opposed to this. Humanitarian aid that goes to Gaza will ultimately wind up in the hands of Hamas, the terrorists."
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