US President Joe Biden issued a presidential memorandum requiring foreign governments receiving weapons from Washington to provide written guarantees of compliance with international and US law.
The Presidential Memorandum requested the Secretaries of State and Defense to submit periodic reports to Congress to achieve meaningful oversight of the weapons that the United States supplies to foreign governments.
The Presidential Memorandum also states that the Secretaries of State and Defense are responsible for ensuring that all US weapons are used in a manner consistent with all international laws, including international humanitarian law and human rights law.
The Secretaries of State and Defense are also responsible for ensuring that all US weapons are used in a manner consistent with US law and policy.
The President's memorandum also states that the export of American weapons to countries that do not comply with the guarantee can be stopped.
The Secretary of State or Defense must inform the President within 45 days about countries that do not comply with the guarantees, and take appropriate steps to evaluate the situation.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said the presidential memorandum issued by Biden imposes conditions on aid to Israel and all countries that receive US military assistance.
Warren said she worked with the White House and her allies to improve the protection of civilians and hold the Israeli government accountable for compliance with international law.
This comes at a time when Israel is waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, which has led to thousands of civilian victims, the majority of whom are children and women, in addition to an unprecedented humanitarian disaster and massive destruction of infrastructure, which has led to Tel Aviv ” Appearing before the International Court of Justice to stand trial on charges of “genocide”, for the first time in its history.
In a surprise speech at the White House on Wednesday evening, Biden said the Israeli response in the Gaza Strip had crossed the line, criticizing Israeli behavior in unprecedented statements. Biden said he is working to reach a permanent end to the fighting.