April 16, 2024

Lawmakers still conflicted about giving Israel weapons


Journalists: Joe Gould, Matt Berg, Eric Bazail-Eimil

Another factor that could complicate the picture: Lawmakers want to block offensive weapons from going to Israel. But F-15s, often considered to be offensive, were used to shoot down Iran’s missiles, which could raise the question of whether they should be blocked.

Experts say it’s case-by-case: “Many military platforms have offensive and defensive applications. It depends on the context of their use,” Jonathan Lord, director of the Middle East security program at the Center for a New American Security, told NatSec Daily.

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  • Jonathan Lord

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Arme...