Shlomo Alegra
Shlomo Alegra

Alexandra Ocasio Cortez and Iron Dome

Congress woman Alexandra Ocasio Cortez recently made news headlines after changing her vote for replenishing Iron Dome Missiles to Israel.

Since the early 2000s Israel was faced with a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza and Lebanon.

During the 2006 Second Lebanon War Israel was attacked with dozens of rockets from Southern Lebanon.

Fearing possible mass casualties the Government turned to Rafael  to develop missiles capable of intercepting short range rockets.

Under the Obama Administration the US government decided to help fund the Iron Dome to help Israel in its development.

After years of testing Iron Dome became operational in 2011 effectively stopping a significant amount of rockets from killing civilians.

Yet, producing the rockets for Iron Dome would cost the tax payer $100,000 per rocket which was difficult to keep up with such costs.

Components to the rockets are manufactured in the United States providing jobs to many Americans.

Billion dollars in aid to Israel given by congress not only benefits Israel, but provides the U.S. with technology to have its own missile defense system.

The squad as usual tried their best to prevent the funding of Iron Dome because of their misconceptions of Israel as an apartheid state.

Iron Dome prevents the death of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians because the system literally shots rockets out of the air.

If Israel did not have the protective capabilities it would suffer a tremendous loss of life on its own citizens.

Such loss would then cause Israel to retaliate against terror groups that would lead to huge collateral damage resulting in massive Palestinian civilian deaths causing worldwide condemnations.

Progressive Democrats like the squad tried to derail the the bill providing Israel with essential defensive capabilities.

Under the disguise of social justice, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar being completely anti-Semitic and wishing the deaths of many Jews.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez unlike Tlaib and Omar may herself not be so well versed on the subject of Israel, but was going with the squad because she thought it was popular.

In the interview above when the reporter questions congress woman Cortez to expand on why Israel is a violator of Human Rights she is not able to expand.

Instead Cortez dodges the question by saying she is not well versed on the conflict and believes in a two state solution.

A few weeks ago Alexandra Ocasio Cortez wore an expensive dress to an expensive gala that had the words “Tax the Rich.”

When Cortez was called a hypocrite for selling items on Amazon because of her stance against capitalism she said it was not capitalism because she was not exploiting anyone.

It appears to me Alexandra Ocasio Cortez lacks proper knowledge on Israel, capitalism and the bad taste in terms of wearing a dress most Americans could never afford with the words “Tax the Rich.”

Cortez changing the vote from “no” to “present” shows she lacks any real ideology when it comes to Israel,

Perhaps many donors and pressures from both her own donors and Democratic colleagues cautioned her voting against Iron Dome.

Crying after the vote to seems to show how confused she is about the subject and was not able to make a firm decision because she has no real strong agenda except for the rhetoric she repeats from others like Tlaib and Omar.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.