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    “US Indicates Potential Sanctions Against Israeli Unit Over Suspected Human Rights Breaches”


    US Considers Sanctioning Israeli Unit for Alleged Human Rights Violations

    The United States is on the brink of imposing sanctions on an Israeli military unit accused of human rights violations in the West Bank, sparking a heated response from Israeli officials. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hinted at potential actions during a press interaction in Italy, addressing reports of recommendations to reduce military aid to the unit involved in violent incidents.

    The allegations, dating back to late 2022, include claims of abuses by the army’s ultra-Orthodox Netzach Yehuda battalion, such as the case of a 78-year-old Palestinian American who died after being detained. These incidents, under scrutiny by the State Department, have intensified discussions around the appropriateness of continued military support.

    Blinken’s comments suggested imminent results from ongoing investigations, stating, “I’ve made determinations; you can expect to see them in the days ahead.” The possibility of sanctions against Israeli forces has drawn sharp criticism from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who denounced the move as “the height of absurdity” and vowed to oppose any such actions.

    Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant echoed Netanyahu’s sentiments, emphasizing the battalion’s frontline role in combating terrorism and operating within legal and ethical boundaries. Calls have been made to the US to reconsider its intentions to sanction the battalion, with concerns raised about the potential impact on military aid and training.

    According to reports, Blinken is expected to announce sanctions against the Netzach Yehuda battalion soon, barring them from receiving US military aid or training. This development comes amidst broader discussions on emergency aid to Israel, with the US House of Representatives recently approving a bill for $26 billion in new assistance.

    The looming decision on sanctions underscores the complex dynamics surrounding US-Israel relations and the ongoing scrutiny of human rights issues in conflict zones. It also reflects broader debates on the use of sanctions as a tool for promoting accountability in international affairs.

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