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Biden Administration Shocks with Accusations Against Israeli Military: Allegations of Human Rights Violations Rock Relations

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The State Department announced Monday that the U.S. had found five units in the Israel Defense Forces to be responsible for “individual incidents of gross human rights violations.” However, whether the funding of this American ally can be reduced due to such abuses under the so-called “Leahy Laws,” remains uncertain.

Vedant Patel, State Department’s principal deputy spokesperson, told reporters at a briefing that all human rights violations occurred before the attacks on southern Israel by Hamas militants on October 7th, and none took place in Gaza. He said that four of the units had “effectively remediated” and the U.S. continued “in consultations and engaging with the government of Israel” regarding the remaining unit.

They have provided additional information to this unit. We’re still having these conversations following the Memorandum of Understanding that we signed with the Government of Israel in 2021,” said he. “When decisions are taken under the Foreign Assistance Act we must consult with government officials of Israel. This is ongoing. We are engaged in a dialogue with them and will reach a final decision once the process is completed.

He added, “The standard for remediation is consistent, and the same in all countries.”

Patel, when pressed by reporters, admitted that at this point the fifth unit was still eligible for U.S. weapons.

“When we talk about the Leahy Law we’re referring to our unit and component limitations, which, if they are violated, does not affect the wider security relationship we may have, particularly with a nation like Israel, where we have had a long-standing relationship. Patel continued, “The provision of bulk aid that dates back many years.”

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