After the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives cancelled about $1 billion in funding for the Iron Dome defense system in the Middle East, conservative politicians expressed their support for Israel on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. The amendments were made after the progressives of the Democratic Party refused to vote on broader bills, including funding.
The move was led by Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Not surprisingly, Republicans, including Senator Martha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, and Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, also very vocally support Israel and condemn progressives for cutting funding. s hard work.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was more direct and pointed to the billion-dollar weapons left in Afghanistan.
Some Democrats also called for cancellation of funding. Among them was Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin), who wrote: “The Iron Dome is a pure *defense* system-it can protect civilians when hundreds of rockets are fired toward the population center. No matter what you are against Israel -What is the perception of the Pal conflict? It is problematic to use a system that has saved hundreds or even thousands of lives only as political rhetoric.”
It is not just politicians who dispute the issue of funding. Robert Spencer (@jihadwatch) of Jihad Watch (@jihadwatch) also tweeted, “Ultra-left Democrats including AOC, Omar, and Tlaib forced the House of Representatives to cut funding for Israel by $1,000,000,000 from the Iron Dome.”
However, some people on social media praised the actions of progressives. This includes many people in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a Palestinian-led movement that advocates boycotts, divestments and economic sanctions against Israel.
@BDSmovement tweeted: “In the historic victory of the Palestinians and human rights activists, the American progressive democrats deprived the Israeli iron dome dedicated to apartheid of $1 billion of taxpayers. This reflects American public opinion. The recent tidal changes.”
Code Pink (@codepink), a grassroots organization led by women, tweeted: “The additional $1 billion reduction for Israel is an amazing time for us to end the long-term goal of ending the blank check and impunity enjoyed by the apartheid country Israel. Incredibly successful.”.
Scott Talan, an assistant professor in the School of Communication at the American University in Washington, D.C., said that this response is almost expected on Twitter, and it’s even true, because there are always people who are called because of public opposition. The danger of anti-Semitism. Israel may be called an anti-foreigner for providing too much support to US allies.
“Every tweet today is threatened with strong opposition or cancellation,” Taran explained to reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “This debate is similar to many debates we have seen. Both the Republicans and Democrats have the usual points of partisan politics. This is not surprising.”
However, Taran said that while many people are just responding to the usual talking points, posts on social media can give people who don’t understand the issue a simplified view of certain aspects of the debate that they may not have considered.
Taran added: “Once you get into the story and stay away from the usual comments of Bobert and McCarthy, we will see that both sides raise some important questions on this issue.” “Someone specifically pointed out why Israel, a rich democracy, needs A lot of help from the United States has opened up a debate and allowed me to understand this issue from the other side.”
The place where this issue can be discussed is that it combines some taboo topics such as politics, religion, and the borders of the Middle East into one. This may explain why there were approximately 156,000 tweets related to the Israeli Iron Dome and vaccination rates as of Wednesday afternoon.
“Some politicians, analysts and think tanks already know this very well, but when the discussion is a complex issue, it may be helpful to reduce the discussion so that others can gain a foothold,” Taran pointed out, but added, “Of course, any heated topic will allow party members to put forward their views. We must understand that any problem can become a political issue. Twitter is not a mass social networking site like Facebook, but the people on it are very opinionated and they will often Post.”