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Pro-Israel Democrats are pushing back after far-left members of the party successfully pushed to have $1 billion in funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system stripped from a spending bill last week.
After members of the so-called "Squad" of House members led by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., successfully threatened to oppose the bill that was needed to prevent a government shutdown, House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., introduced a standalone bill to provide the money for the system that has prevented countless casualties in Israel since its introduction in 2011.
DEMOCRATS STRIP $1B FOR ISRAEL'S IRON DOME FROM GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL
"The United States’ commitment to the security of our friend and ally Israel is ironclad. Replenishing interceptors used to protect Israel from attacks is our legal and moral responsibility," DeLauro said in a statement.
"While this funding would ordinarily be included in a year-end spending package, we are advancing this legislation now to demonstrate Congress’ bipartisan commitment to Israel’s security as part of a Middle East with lasting peace," DeLauro continued, referencing how members of her party prevented the inclusion of the money in the larger spending bill, while insisting that Democrats as a whole still support Israel.
DeLauro was far from the only Democrat to speak out regarding the need to continue supporting Israel and the Iron Dome. House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he would bring the bill to the floor for a vote, calling it "urgently needed."
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., also said she would work to ensure Congress continues to fund the Iron Dome.
"The Iron Dome is critical to Israel’s national security and livelihood. It saves lives, defends the entire nation from terror attacks, and I will do everything in my power to ensure it stays funded," Maloney tweeted.
Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., a progressive who is often at odds with the Squad due to their differences regarding Israel, had sharp words directed at those who would oppose the Iron Dome.
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"A missile defense system (i.e. Iron Dome) defends civilians from missiles. Hence the name. Only in a morally inverted universe would this be considered a 'controversy,'" he said.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., called the Iron Dome "critical" and said it was "unacceptable" to delay the funding.
"The Iron Dome is critical to Israel's safety and security, and directly tied to our safety and security," Demings tweeted Tuesday. "Delays in funding are unacceptable. It should not be removed from this week's bill and we should pass it immediately."
Not long after DeLauro announced the new bill, Tlaib tweeted that she plans to vote against it, stating that she would not support "human rights abuses and apartheid government."
Tlaib's fellow Michigan Democrat, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, noted in a Tuesday Twitter thread that the "Iron Dome is a purely *defensive* system" that "protects civilians when hundreds of rockets are shot at population centers." She went on to discuss the history of cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on the Iron Dome and the funding that has been in place for years.
"All of this is publicly-available information. So to target Iron Dome now means the issue isn’t a genuine concern over the system, but rather the desire to attack something - anything - related to the State of Israel; it’s devoid of substance and irresponsible," she said.
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The latest Helsingin Sanomat-commissioned voter poll has found that the opposition National Coalition Party (NCP) is still the most popular political party in Finland, extending its lead over the governing SDP.
Support for Prime Minister Sanna Marin's SDP slipped by 0.8 percentage points since the last HS poll in August, while the number of voters backing the NCP, led by Southwest Finland MP Petteri Orpo, rose by a single percentage point.
Both changes were within the HS poll's margin of error.
If parliamentary elections were to be held now, the NCP would take 20.8 percent of the vote and the SDP 18.4 percent, according to the Helsingin Sanomat poll.
Shifts in voter backing for the other parties were tiny, the paper writes, with the Finns Party rising 0.2 to 17.4 percent and the Centre Party remaining level at 12.9 percent support.
Sakari Nurmela, research director at Kantar TNS, which produced the survey for HS, told the paper the NCP bounce was reflective of the party's municipal election victory in June.
"Yes, they have received quite a boost from the election victory. The NCP has also been in the public eye quite a lot lately," he told the paper.
Governing coalition parties the Greens and Left Alliance saw small drops in support, at 0.3 and 0.1 percentage points, respectively.
The Swedish People's Party saw its support creep up by 0.1 percentage points, as did the opposition Movement Now party.
Finnair considers bus replacement service
Tampere-based Aamulehti reports that national carrier Finnair plans to cut flights between Tampere, Turku and Helsinki this winter.
The paper reports that the state-backed airline will replace domestic flights to the regional hubs with direct bus routes linking the two cities to Helsinki Airport.
The loss of the Helsinki route would be a blow to Tampere's airport, which was renovated in 2018 at a cost of around €15 million, Aamulehti writes.
Finnair's head of communications Päivyt Tallqvist told the paper the plans were only "on the drawing board," and pointed out the environmental impact of flying short distances.
"Tampere and Turku are important parts of our network and we want to ensure good connections to the world. On the other hand, they are also the shortest routes and have a higher carbon dioxide load per passenger kilometre," she said.
A flight from Tampere to Helsinki covers just 143 kilometres, Aamulehti writes.
Finnair has struggled with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the travel industry. In July the carrier posted its sixth consecutive quarterly loss.
Pukki purchases Helsinki home
Norwich City and Finland star striker Teemu Pukki has bought a new home in Helsinki, according to tabloid Iltalehti.
The 31-year-old footballer is thought to have paid around 1.6 million euros for a 255 square-metre apartment in July, the paper writes. Iltalehti does not identify where in the city Pukki's new home is.
However, Pukki will count some of Finland's rich and famous among his closest neighbours, Iltalehti says.
Timo Ritakallio, president and CEO of the OP banking group and former chairman of the Finnish Olympic Committee, and Timo Hiltunen, former CEO of digital marketing firm Fonecta, live next door, the paper writes, while Formula 1 star Kimi Räikkönen's home is just a couple of hundred metres away.
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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has warned the "response will be strong" after one of his top aides survived an assassination attempt.
At least 10 bullets struck Serhiy Shefir's car, the top aide and close personal friend of Mr Zelenskiy, outside of Kiev on Wednesday.
The driver of his black Audi was badly wounded and taken to hospital, but Mr Shefir escaped uninjured.
It is not known who carried out the shooting and the gunman is still at large.
Mr Zelenskiy issued a warning to the attacker from New York, where he is taking part in the UN General Assembly.
He said he did not know who was responsible for the attack, but pledged "a strong response".
"These could be internal or external forces. But I don't consider them to be strong because sending me a 'hello' by firing from a forest into the automobile of my friend is weakness," he said.
"This [attack] will not affect the strength of our team.
"This does not affect the path toward change that I have chosen with my team, for taking our economy out of the shadows, for the fight against criminal elements with large, influential financial groups - on the contrary, because the people of Ukraine gave us a mandate for change."
Mr Shefir praised his driver for acting "heroically" by accelerating away from the gunman as the "shots rang out".
He added: "We had to speed up a little, it was scary."
Mr Shefir also said he believed he had been targeted in an attempt to intimidate the "highest echelon of power", but added this would not work.
He said: "One has to understand that our president [Zelenskiy] is very strong-willed, he has a spine and cannot be intimidated."
The Kremlin has denied any Russian involvement.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added any suggestion of a link with Russia showed "the signs of an excessively excited emotional state".
He said: "Unfortunately nowadays, whatever happens in Ukraine, none of the current politicians is able to rule out the Russian trace."
Ukraine has seen a huge rise in violence since its conflict with Russia began in 2014 when the Crimean peninsula was annexed.
Several military and political officers have been targeted in assassination attempts since then, with seven deaths taking place between 2016 and 2017 alone in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
The attack came just days before Ukrainian politicians were set to debate Mr Zelenskiy's bill on cracking down on the country's powerful oligarchs, who dominate the economic and political landscape.
On Thursday, a day after the shooting, Ukraine's parliament passed a law which bans oligarchs from financing political parties or taking part in privatisations.
It must now be approved by the president to come into force.
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A coalition of defeated parliamentary candidates in Moscow who allege they were cheated of victory in a parliamentary election by a crooked online voting system said on Thursday they would try to overturn the results via lawsuits and public pressure.
Some of the defeated candidates, most of whom are Communists, have called on voters to gather in Moscow on Saturday after eight parliamentary seats where the Communists had been ahead suddenly flipped to the ruling United Russia party once online voting results were added in.
United Russia, which supports President Vladimir Putin, won a bigger than expected parliamentary majority despite unease over living standards, interim official results showed.
The authorities have said Saturday's planned meeting is illegal due to restrictions on public events related to COVID-19.
The central election commission, which has said the vote was exceptionally clean and transparent, is due to formally approve the election results on Friday. The Kremlin said the election had been competitive, open and honest.
In a statement published on Facebook on Thursday, the defeated candidates said they wanted the authorities to annul the results of electronic voting in Moscow and for the idea of electronic voting to be abandoned for future elections.
"On Sept. 17-19 (when the election was held) millions of citizens of our country had their votes stolen," said the statement. "Therefore we, candidates from various political forces, have formed a committee to annul the electronic voting results."
The statement was signed by Communist party candidates and candidates from the liberal Yabloko party, among others. At least two of them said police had come to their homes to warn them about the consequences of disturbing public order.
The statement cited plans to hold a nationwide protest against what the committee believes is the rigged outcome of the election. No specific date was mentioned.
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had advised people to vote for some of the defeated candidates in a tactical voting campaign designed to try to thwart United Russia.
Russian election officials, who promoted online voting as a transparent blockchain-based system, deny any fraud.
They see online voting, which was used in a nationwide election for the first time, as a success which could be expanded ahead of a presidential election in 2024.
"We need to use the practice as widely as possible," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
But critics said that, at least in Moscow, online voting turned out to be a "black box" with very limited access to the data even for election officials.
Three members of an election commission set up for the Moscow online vote told Reuters that laptops designed for monitoring the voting process were cut off from the system when it was supposed to start the vote count.
Given that the results of the count were delayed until the next morning, that raised their suspicions.
Eventually, results arrived at the commission in PDF-files with no signs that they had any relation to actual voting, Anna Lobonok, an election commission member nominated by the Communist party, said.
"I did not understand where the figures came from," she said, adding that calculations appear to have been made by technical specialists of a Moscow government department, which developed the online voting platform.
Lobonok filed a complaint demanding the online voting results be annulled.
A website set up for public monitoring of the online voting also stopped updating the data during the decryption of votes cast at night after the election.
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PARIS (Reuters) -French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday it would take "time and actions" to restore confidence in ties after a crisis triggered by Australia's cancellation of a submarine contract with Paris.
France was incensed by Australia's decision last week to opt instead for a deal with the United States and Britain to purchase nuclear-powered submarines, and it recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra for consultations.
The meeting of Blinken and Le Drian came after U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone on Wednesday and agreed to launch in-depth consultations to rebuild trust between the two NATO allies. They also agreed to meet in Europe at the end of October.
Le Drian said in a statement he had discussed with Blinken at the United Nations in New York "the terms and main issues" to be addressed during those in-depth consultations.
The U.S. State Department said Blinken and Le Drian had also discussed cooperation between the United States and European countries including France in the Indo-Pacific region.
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