Iron Dome Senate Action Letter

Iron Dome Senate Action Letter

January 11, 2022

The Honorable Majority Leader Charles Schumer
United States Senate

The Honorable Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
United States Senate

Dear Majority Leader Schumer and Republican Leader McConnell,

On behalf of the organizations below, we ask that you urgently move forward the
supplemental appropriations funding to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense
system. The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for this
critical funding in September 2021 by a vote of 420-9. It has bipartisan support in the
Senate, although passage has been stymied.

The threat is real. More than 4,000 rockets were fired into Israel this past May by
the Iranian proxy Hamas. The Iron Dome system intercepted 90% of the rockets
fired from Gaza, saving both Israeli and Palestinian lives. However, these Iranianbacked
terrorists are growing in strength and sophistication. Some estimates put
Hamas’s arsenal of rockets at nearly 30,000, while Hezbollah’s stockpile of 150,000
missiles threatens Israel’s north. Withholding funding for our closest ally while
terrorists continue to threaten their people puts Israel in grave danger, increases the
likelihood of innocent Palestinian and Israelis being harmed in another round of
conflict and hurts American standing and national security interests.

US support for Israeli missile defense returns great dividends. In 2014, the US and
Israel signed a co-production agreement to enable the manufacture of components
of the Iron Dome system in the United States. According to the Congressional
Research Service some 60-70 percent of components for the interceptors are now
produced here in the United States. Failing to advance the aid not only hurts Israel
through terrorist attacks but also undermines the strategic partnership between the
US and Israel.

One person’s objection should not undermine the overwhelming bipartisan will of
the Senate nor stand in the way of ensuring Israel has the tools necessary to keep its
people safe. While we understand the supplemental Iron Dome funding would likely
be included in a final omnibus spending package, the delay and even the prospects
of a second continuing resolution undermine Israel’s security when the need to
replenish this defensive system is urgent.

The stakes are high. Failure to act could embolden Hamas or Hezbollah and imperils
innocent lives on the ground. We urge you to find a path forward to pass the funding
to replenish Iron Dome supply as quickly as possible.


Christians United for Israel

The Jewish Federations of North America

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Union for Reform Judaism

Anti-Defamation League