The U.S. House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to give Israel $1 billion for its so-called Iron Dome missile system.
The move comes two days after the most liberal Democrats objected to the bill and forced leaders to remove it from a broader spending bill.
The objection to including the provision in the broad spending bill came from a handful of progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives who accused Israel of human rights abuses against Palestinians.
Progressive Democrats are needed for the bill to move forward, as Republicans have refused to support it because it would raise the debt ceiling.
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives blocked funding in an initiative led by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. However, party leaders promised to bring the matter up again later.
The cancellation of Iron Dome funding infuriated centrist Democrats and led Republicans to label the party anti-Israel, despite a long tradition in the U.S. Congress of strong bipartisan support for the regime.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the measure by a vote of 420 to 9, sending it to the Senate. Eight Democrats and one Republican voted against the measure.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett thanked both parties in the House for their support. “Those who seek to question that support have received a vocal response today,” he said in a statement.
Liberal Democrats have criticized U.S.-Israel policy and argued that human rights issues should pay more attention to civilian casualties among Palestinians.
“We should also talk about the need to protect Palestinians from Israeli attacks,” Tlaib said during the debate.
According to a U.S. Congressional Research Service report last year, the United States has already committed more than $1.6 billion to the development and construction of the Iron Dome system. The funding shows continued strong support for Israel from both Democrats and Republicans.
The controversy over Iron Dome came despite the failure of the system to fully intercept rockets fired by Palestinian factions such as the Hamas resistance movement during the Zionist regime’s aggressions against the Muslim nation.