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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologizes for opposing $800 million in missile defense funding for Israel

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) issued an apology Thursday for voting against a bill that would have provided $800 million in new funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

“I made a mistake today. I voted against an important bill that would have helped send a message of support and solidarity to Israelis and Palestinian communities all over the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. “After careful consideration I realized I did not fully understand that vote nor what it was protecting. I deeply regret having voted against the bill.”

The New York lawmaker said she planned to vote against the bill so she could explain her decision in a further explanation in her native Spanish. She also added that she would not vote on any resolutions until she had more understanding of such measures.

“This could have been embarrassing for Israel,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is what I would call an irresponsible vote by @AOC to advocate in Spanish. I have taken responsibility for that vote and am regretful.”

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