Touring northern, southern borders, US envoy pledges Iron Dome replenishment

Army provides Biden’s UN envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield with rundown of security challenges stemming from Iran; meeting Gantz, she urges him to avoid settlement building, evictions

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield tours Israel’s southern border, with IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi on November 16, 2021. (US Mission to the UN/Twitter)

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield toured Israel’s northern and southern borders on Tuesday, with IDF officials briefing the envoy on the diverse array of security challenges posed by Iran’s influence in the region.

Thomas-Greenfield was on the second day of her first-ever trip to Israel, and the first such tour by a cabinet member in the Biden administration since the formation of the new Israeli government last June. She will also be making visits to Ramallah and Amman for meetings with Palestinian and Jordanian leaders later in the week.

On the Gaza border, Thomas-Greenfield was briefed on the security and humanitarian situation in the coastal enclave. She visited the Palmachim Air Force base in central Israel where she received an overview of the country’s air defense capabilities, including the Iron Dome and David’s Sling weapons systems, “which our nations developed together to save the lives of innocent civilians,” Thomas-Greenfield tweeted later Tuesday.

 

“We will replenish the Iron Dome system and support Israel’s ability to defend itself,” she added, emphasizing a pledge made by US President Joe Biden.

The US House overwhelmingly passed legislation to provide $1 billion in supplemental funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system, which worked on overdrive during last May’s Gaza war. The legislation is being held up in the Senate though, by Republican Rand Paul, who is demanding that funding for it be stripped from US aid to Afghanistan.

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