"Sen. Leahy: Cut Off U.S. Aid To Israeli Military Units Responsible For Rights Violations"
After being approached by constituents in Vermont, veteran U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is pushing a bill that would bar aid to three elite Israeli military units that have been accused of human rights violations in the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Leahy, a long-time human rights defender, promoted the bill over the personal objections of his friend, Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak. As part of foreign assistance legislation, Leahy’s proposed bill would block some of the U.S.’s more than $3 billion in annual aid to Israel, specifically those going to Israel Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit, the undercover Duvdevan unit, and the Israel Air Force’s Shaldag unit.