Should Biden’s new arms transfer policy apply to Israel?

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Jacob Batinga

“The Biden administration recently announced a new arms transfer policy, directing the State Department to bar weapons sales to states that are ‘more likely than not’ to commit human rights violations with American arms. According to the official policy, the purpose of this heightened standard is to ‘[p]revent arms transfers that risk facilitating or otherwise contributing to violations of human rights or international humanitarian law.’ American arms exports account for nearly 40 percent of the global arms trade, and human rights restrictions on these transfers, if observed, could ensure that American weapons are not used to violate international law. However, the Biden administration’s new policy omits a crucial — and often overlooked — component of the U.S. role in the global arms trade: extensive American subsidization of Israel’s domestic arms industry.” (03/08/23)