With majority Democrats locked in a bitter internecine struggle over just how much of Joe Biden’s domestic agenda they can pass in one fell swoop, the party’s progressives have once again corralled their fellow Democrats into a box canyon.

Amid the complicated internal negotiations over how or even if Democrats will pass a hard infrastructure bill, a mammoth “infrastructure” supplemental that involves rewriting much of the American social contract, a resolution to fund the government, and a debt-ceiling hike to ensure we don’t fault on our debts, the party’s left flank has now introduced a new and unnecessary ingredient into the mix. On Tuesday, House progressives managed to strip a provision that funds Israel’s missile-defense system “Iron Dome” from a continuing budget resolution. The question is, why?

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