WASHINGTON—Victoria Coates, vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation, made the following statement Tuesday after the U.S. Senate rejected a $14.3 billion military aid bill for Israel.
“More than five weeks ago, Iran-sponsored Hamas terrorists launched a savage attack on Israel and the Jewish people. Israel took swift action in response to defend its homeland and protect its citizens. Now is the time for the United States to stand with our longtime ally and provide the funding and resources necessary to destroy Hamas and end its reign of terror forever. Instead, members of the Senate majority rejected a standalone bill for military aid to Israel today.
“Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer should be ashamed. Just hours after speaking at a pro-Israel rally in Washington, he led his party to defeat the Israel military aid bill. It didn’t have to be this way. Two weeks ago, a bipartisan bill passed the House of Representatives. The Senate should have swiftly followed suit. Instead, Schumer and his colleagues are now on the record standing in opposition to aiding America’s greatest ally in the Middle East.”