Saturday, August 26, 2006

[ePalestine] another take on US arms to Israel...from Washington Post

Dear friends,

Continuing on the last post, the following article in the Washington Post has even more info...

State Dept. Probes Use of Bombs
Pact With Israel Bans U.S. Cluster Munitions in Civilian Areas

By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 26, 2006; Page A14

"The State Department routinely investigates allegations that Israel misused U.S.-supplied weapons, and often no action is taken.

In 1978, 1979 and 1981, the State Department notified Congress that Israel "may have violated" U.S-Israeli agreements by using U.S. weapons for purposes other than defense, according to the Congressional Research Service. But the probes did not result in any penalties against Israel. In 1982, the Reagan administration suspended sales of cluster bombs to Israel for six years after a congressional investigation found that Israel had violated agreements on their use during its invasion of Lebanon.

During President Bush's first term, the State Department investigated whether Israel misused U.S.-made Apache helicopters in its assassinations of Palestinian leaders. State Department officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose internal debates, said that lower-level officials had determined that Israel had violated its agreements with the United States, but, the officials said, the finding was quashed at a more senior level."


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