U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem, on July 2, 2019.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Flash90 via JNS.org)

The money is “a good investment for the American people,” says Sen. Lindsey Graham during a visit to southern Israel.

(June 2, 2021 / JNS) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Tuesday that Israel would be requesting a billion dollars in U.S. aid this week, in the aftermath of last month’s fighting with terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with Fox & Friends during a visit to southern Israel, Graham said, “There’s going to be a request made, tomorrow, I think, or Thursday by the Israelis to the Pentagon for a billion dollars in aid to replenish the Iron Dome batteries that were used to protect Israel.”

The senator, who met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, said the aid money would be “a good investment for the American people.”

“As Hamas tries to destroy Israel, As Iran threatens the existence of the Jewish state, I’m going to keep coming back here and saying more for Israel. Every time somebody tries to destroy Israel, our response is going to be more aid and it starts with replenishing the Iron Dome,” he said.

Graham toured Ashkelon on Monday and Tuesday together with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) to view some of the damage caused by Hamas during last month’s conflict. They visited the remains of a home struck by a rocket on May 11 which seriously injured an elderly woman, 81, and killed her caretaker, 32.

During the 11-day conflict, terror groups in Gaza launched more than 4,300 rockets at Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Of those, 680 misfired and exploded inside Gaza, while the Iron Dome system intercepted approximately 90 percent of the projectiles targeting populated Israeli areas, the IDF said.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz was set to head to the United States on Wednesday, for talks with senior U.S. defense officials focusing on the Iranian nuclear talks, his office announced on Tuesday.