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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to combat any potential US sanctions on Israeli military units, specifically the Netzah Yehuda battalion. This comes after a report by Axios suggesting that the US is considering sanctions due to alleged rights violations in the West Bank.

The reported sanctions, set to be announced as early as Tuesday, would be the second round of Israeli-related sanctions in the last five days. Over the weekend, the United States imposed sanctions on Israeli settlers in the West Bank, increasing political tensions between the two countries.

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In a statement, Netanyahu said, “If anyone thinks they can impose sanctions on a unit of the IDF – I will fight it with all my strength.”

Further complicating matters, Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz has been in talks with US officials, advocating for a reconsideration of the sanctions. In discussions with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Gantz said there would be harm to Israel’s legitimacy if the US moved with sanctions on an IDF unit.

The Israeli military also chimed in on the alleged sanctions, saying that the Netzah Yehuda battalion is an “active combat unit” that follows the principles of international law. They added that they were “not aware of the issue. [but] If a decision is made on the matter, it will be reviewed.”


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