A group of U.S. Christian groups has reportedly sent a letter to various Members of Congress requesting that they investigate alleged violations by Israel of the Foreign Assistance Act and the Arms Export Control Act. According to the Jerusalem Post, the letter says, in part:
“… unconditional US military assistance to Israel has contributed to this deterioration, sustaining the conflict and undermining the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians …”
Unconditional? I think if they were to ask the Israelis, they would be the first to say, “we wish.” Export of U.S. defense articles and dual-use technologies to just about any country in the world comes with many many strings attached. Always has, always will.
There is an international movement of center, but mostly center Left and Leftist Christian groups, to weaken our policy of strong support toward the only true democracy in the Middle East. In the United Kingdom, where these organizations have strong support within the parliament, they have tried to use UK export control laws to muddy up transactions or foment anti-Israel sentiment amongst MPs.
I’ve never been a fan of religious groups citing national security and foreign policy laws to advance an agenda. When I worked in the Congress, we saw these groups with much suspicion. Requests such as this one had more to do with a political agenda of the organization, than with anything having to do with the U.S. interest. That is the case here.