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US arms sales are limited by international agreements which the United States has signed, national law passed by the US Congress (notably the S.2673 - United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014), and policy decisions made by the US administration. Obviously, changing policy is easier than changing laws, and domestic law requires the US ...


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Israel is a strong US ally in the region. The ties between the two countries have become ever more important as the Trump administration works closely with the Israeli government to achieve a variety of policy objectives. As discussed on Aljazeera in August Under understandings dating back decades, Washington has refrained from Middle East arms sales that ...


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I have no reason to believe it is anything but a coincidence. No one in Israel remembers what Arab village there was where Kiryat Gat is, or even that there was an Arab village there. That's ancient history nobody cares about in Israel. Speaking of history, both Iraq-Al-Manshiyya (not Al Amir) and Al Faluja were built on the ruins of the Second Temple era ...


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Diplomatic immunity is a right that is asserted by the sending country, not the diplomat. It's up to the sending country whether to prosecute the diplomat. They can prosecute the diplomat in their own courts, allow the host country to prosecute in their courts, both, or neither. Basically, the sending country retains jurisdiction over the diplomat. The host ...


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One element of diplomatic immunity that is overlooked by the existing answers is that it represents an attempt to place the treatment of foreign diplomats in the control of the officials in charge of a state's diplomatic relationships and no one else. It is easy to imagine a situation where the national policy of a state's diplomatic service and/or the head ...


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As CDJB pointed out in their answer, without diplomatic immunity countries would be very reluctant to send any diplomats at all. In theory, if a diplomat invokes immunity over a parking ticket, this transfers the debt to their home country. The home country can then decide whether they will pay the ticket or contest it. In practice, however, everybody ...


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I think one of the best explanations for this comes in the preambulatory clauses of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations which codified diplomatic immunity, and which has been ratified by 192 states. It reads: The States Parties to the present Convention, Recalling that peoples of all nations from ancient times have recognized the status of ...


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One factor is which side is more desiring of plausible deniability. In the Hunt for Red October, the Soviets were in a very delicate situation. The Soviet government meeting with the US ambassador would have meant admitting that there was something that they needed to meet with the US about, and anyone involved in the negotiation would be admitting to being ...


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