Senator Rand Paul blocks US funding for Israel’s Iron Dome

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US Republican Senator Rand Paul has blocked efforts to fast-track a bill that would have provided $1 billion of funding for Israel’s Iron Dome weapons system. Senators were seeking to “hotline” the bill, meaning that 100 senators would agree to allow the bill to be taken straight to a vote on the floor. Paul, who has frequently opposed foreign aid, blocked this action, saying that he would change his mind if the money were to come from the proposed aid to Afghanistan. “The billion dollars under consideration today is on top of the more than 1.6 billion the US has already given for Iron Dome,” …

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