08.16.11

Comment From The Office Of Senator Patrick Leahy On August 16th Haaretz Article On U.S. Aid To Particular IDF Units

“Senator Leahy does not discuss private conversations he has had for decades with Israeli leaders.

“However, the Haaretz article contains significant inaccuracies.  He has not proposed legislation to withhold U.S. aid to units of the Israel Defense Forces.     

“By way of general background about the Leahy Amendment, the law applies to U.S. aid to foreign security forces around the globe and is intended to be applied consistently across the spectrum of U.S. military aid abroad.  Under the law the State Department is responsible for evaluations and enforcement decisions and over the years Senator Leahy has pressed for faithful and consistent application of the law."

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