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Stockholm: Skyline International reports on the recent actions taken by the Biden administration to enforce compliance with international humanitarian law, particularly in the context of military assistance provided globally, including to Israel.

In response to escalating concerns regarding the conduct of military operations, President Joe Biden has issued a memorandum linking American military aid to adherence to international humanitarian law. The memorandum, issued on Thursday night, signifies a significant step towards ensuring accountability and upholding fundamental principles of human rights.

Under this directive, forms of military assistance could be suspended if credible reports of violations are confirmed. Countries receiving military aid are given a 45-day window, until February 8, to assure the United States of their commitment to comply with international humanitarian law. Failure to do so may result in a pause in the delivery of aid.

Furthermore, the memorandum mandates that the US secretaries of defense and state submit a report within 90 days, followed by yearly reports, assessing whether military aid recipients are complying with international law. This systematic approach aims to monitor and evaluate adherence to legal standards on an ongoing basis.

The issuance of this memorandum follows recent diplomatic engagements, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Israel, during which the importance of addressing humanitarian concerns related to military operations was emphasized.

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary, clarified in a news briefing that the memorandum does not introduce new standards for military aid but rather reaffirms existing standards set by international law. However, it introduces a new requirement for an annual report to be provided to Congress, reflecting

the ongoing dialogue between the White House and congressional members.

Senator Chris Van Hollen commended the memorandum, highlighting its enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance and address instances of non-compliance. However, there has been criticism from certain quarters, including the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which views the memorandum as imposing unnecessary requirements on Israel and other key allies.

In light of these developments, Skyline International underscores the importance of maintaining an understanding of foreign partners' adherence to international law to fulfill obligations under US law, particularly concerning military assistance.

As an independent news organization committed to transparency and accountability, Skyline International will continue to monitor and report on developments related to the implementation of these measures and their impact on global efforts to uphold humanitarian standards.