Senator Patrick Leahy wants an investigation into whether Israel and Egypt use American military aid to violate human rights. Fellow Democrat Ben Cardin trashed that claim — and said there was no comparison between the two countries.
Sen, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and 10 of his fellow Democratic lawmakers from the House have asked the Obama administration to investigate alleged human rights violations by the Israeli and Egyptian military.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress “tawdry” and said he would not attend, the most senior Democrat in the Senate to say he will stay away.
A seven-member delegation of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Cuba on Monday in the latest effort to move forward political relations that have been at a standstill since U.S. government contractor Alan Gross was imprisoned there in 2009.
Some want to cut American aid to Egypt to punish the military for its recent power grab. But advocates for Israel oppose the move, citing the historic link between aid to the two states.