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Conditioning U.S. Military Aid May Never Happen, but the Debate Should Worry Israel

New U.S. legislation calling for greater supervision over the generous funding given to Israel is likely a nonstarter, but Jerusalem has to come up with better arguments for future discussions

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Last week, Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat from Minnesota, and 15 co-sponsors introduced H.R.2407, entitled: “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.”

The long and seemingly innocuous title does not tell the full political story of the proposed legislation. Despite clarifications and explanations that it is not “conditioning U.S. aid to Israel” or has built-in sanctions, the text of the bill calls for increased supervision and accountability over military sales that Israel receives through generous U.S. aid.

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