Last July, Israel destroyed a building illegally constructed by non-Israeli Arabs in the eastern part of Jerusalem, abutting Israel’s security barrier, which blocks terrorists from infiltrating the Jewish capital from Judea and Samaria (aka “the West Bank”).
Israel commonly destroys residences that are built illegally or are the homes of known terrorists, a practice whose legitimacy has been consistently affirmed by Israeli courts, which in fact more often rule to thwart Israel’s right-leaning ruling parties in such matters.
Nonetheless, several weeks ago, more than 60 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding assurance that Israel is not using U.S. military equipment to demolish Palestinian homes.
This gesture was clearly meant to express disapproval of Israel’s legal measures to ensure the safety of its citizens, especially since it’s unclear whether any U.S. military equipment is being used for such law-enforcement purposes at all.
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