Ellison Voted Against Iron Dome to Show He's Not 'Only Concerned' About One Side

August 11, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says his vote against additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is because he doesn’t want to express that, “We’re only concerned about people on one side.”

Ellison made the comments during an August 3 appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’.

When asked why he voted against additional funding for Iron Dome Ellison said,  “Because a cease-fire is what we should prioritize now. A cease-fire protects civilians on both sides, it doesn’t just say - ‘We’re only concerned about people on one side.’”

Despite Rep. Ellison’s vote, the House and Senate approved another $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system on August 1.

Iron Dome is an anti-missile system that uses guided rockets to shoot down the style of short-range missiles favored by Hamas terrorists.

The latest cease-fire agreement between Hamas terrorists and Israel took effect just after midnight and so far, has held through Monday morning.