EXCLUSIVE: A conservative advocacy group that supports Republican causes is targeting 14 House Democrats in their votes last week against Israel’s emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile defense system.
The new American Action Network (AAN) ads, first shared with Fox News on Wednesday, follow heavy fighting earlier this month between Israel and Gaza-based Hamas forces and a growing number of Democrats. progressives in Congress wonder. Washington’s support for conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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The new ad campaign, which the AAN says is backed by a five-figure buyout, will run digitally in Reps districts. Mikie Sherrill from New Jersey (NJ-11), Carolyn Bourdeaux from Georgia (GA-07), Susan Wild from Pennsylvania (PA-07) and Elaine Luria from Virginia (VA-02).
Hamas, which controls Gaza and has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States, began launching massive rocket attacks on neighboring Israel on May 10 after heavy clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem in the Al-Aqsa complex, the third holiest in Islam. to place. The Hamas missile attacks quickly sparked a fierce air reaction from Israeli forces.
A ceasefire between the two parties entered into force on Friday. More than 230 Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, and at least 12 Israelis, have been killed in the 11 days of attacks – the worst fighting between the two camps in seven years.
The Iron Dome system destroyed many Hamas rockets before they could strike Israel, possibly saving dozens of lives.
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“When Congress got the opportunity to increase funding for Iron Dome, Mikie Sherrill voted against it. Shamefully, she voted no, even as terrorist rockets rained down on Israeli towns. Tell Congresswoman Sherrill her vote was wrong, ”the announcer accuses in the digital ad targeting Sherrill.
The safety fundraising motion that is highlighted in the ad, which was moved by GOP Representative Tony Gonzales of Texas, was defeated 218-209 along with a majority vote online. It aimed to provide Israel with emergency funding for Iron Dome and two other missile interception systems.
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“Even as Israel was under attack, congressional liberals blocked sending emergency aid to Israel to bolster the Iron Dome system which was stopping terrorist rocket attacks and saving countless lives,” said AAN President Dan Conston to Fox News in a statement.
“It is appalling that the Liberals in Congress are siding with the radical left to obtain additional funding to help keep Israel safe,” he argued.
But the House’s Democratic reelection arm typifies the Gonzales motion – which would have referred larger United States to committee. Capitol Hill security finance bill that narrowly passed the house along party lines – as a “procedural gimmick.”
“Once again, a black money Republican group is lying to the American people. Democrats voted for a bill that funds the Capitol Police, National Guard and Washington Police. On the other hand, the Republicans in Congress have not only voted against keeping our country safe, but used a procedural trick to try to kill this critical funding and score political points, ”said Christopher Hayden, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, at Fox News.
The AAN says its campaign also includes phone calls to the offices of the four representatives targeted by the announcements, as well as 10 other House Democrats. They are Reps. Cindy Axne of Iowa (IA-03), Chris Pappas of New Hampshire (NH-01), Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey (NJ-05), Tom Suozzi of New York (NY-03) Gregory Meeks (NY -05), Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania (PA-08), Lizzie Fletcher of Texas (TX-07), Vicente Gonzales of Texas (TX-15), Colin Allred of Texas (TX-32) and Ron Kind of Wisconsin (WI -03).
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While there is uniform support for Israel’s ability to defend itself against Hamas attacks among Congress Republicans, some progressive Democrats have been anything but satisfied with repeated claims by President Biden’s administration over the past two weeks about Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks by Hamas.
The president told reporters on Friday that there had been “no change” in his support for the Jewish state.