Sen. Graham: Israel to request $1 billion in aid following Gaza conflict : Canada Morning Post News

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Tuesday that Israel would be requesting a billion dollars in U.S. aid this week, in the aftermath of last month’s fighting with terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with Fox & Friends during a visit to southern Israel, Graham said, “There’s going to be a request made, tomorrow, I think, or Thursday by the Israelis to the Pentagon for a billion dollars in aid to replenish the Iron Dome batteries that were used to protect Israel.”

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The senator, who met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, said the aid money would be “a good investment for the American people.”

“As Hamas tries to destroy Israel, As Iran threatens the existence of the Jewish state, I’m going to keep coming back here and saying more for Israel. Every time somebody tries to destroy Israel, our response is going to be more aid and it starts with replenishing the Iron Dome,” he said.

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During the 11-day conflict, terror groups in Gaza launched more than 4,300 rockets at Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Of those, 680 misfired and exploded inside Gaza, while the Iron Dome system intercepted approximately 90 percent of the projectiles targeting populated Israeli areas, the IDF said.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz was set to head to the United States on Wednesday, for talks with senior U.S. defense officials focusing on the Iranian nuclear talks, his office announced on Tuesday.

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