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US underlines to Israel it must stick to international law on weapons

WASHINGTON - The United States has briefed Israel on a new US national security memorandum that reminds countries receiving US weapons to stick to international law, the White House said on Feb 9. The memo is a statement of administration policy and was sent on Feb 8 from the White House to senior Cabinet officials responsible for national security to ensure its aims are carried out. The memo does not impose new conditions on how US military equipment may be used, but it does require the Biden administration to send a report to Congress annually on whether countries are meeting the requirements. Since Oct 7, an Israeli military campaign against Hamas has killed nearly 28,000 people in Gaza. The offensive was in response to a Hamas attack on southern Israel on Oct 7, which killed around 1,200 people. Washington gives US$3.8 billion (S$5.12 billion) in annual military assistance to Israel, its longtime ally. Leftist Democrats and Arab American groups have criticised the Biden administration s steadfast support of Israel, which they say provides it with a sense of impunity.


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