The Post's editorial "From Jerusalem to Beirut" {Oct. 26} points up the inconsistency between the U.N.'s condemnation of Israel in the Temple Mount incident and unwillingness to probe the reported killing by Syrian troops of unarmed Lebanese soldiers. The Post asks with good reason, "How is it that the American government could be exercised in one instance and not in the other?"

It is precisely such hypocrisy that undermines U.S. policy in the Middle East and puts our national interests and the safety of our troops in that region at risk.

The chief hypocrisy is that we claim to defend the principles of nonaggression and defense of human rights, while supporting continued violations of these principles by Israel.

The U.S. Foreign Assistance Act states that "no security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights," and it requires the State Department to report to Congress on the human rights record of each recipient country.

Reports prepared by the State Department for this purpose have found that Israel engages in unjustified killings, torture of suspects, illegal deportations, detention of persons for political reasons and without due process, extraction of confessions under physical and psychological coercion, forced entry into private homes, demolition and sealing of houses, closing of schools and other legitimate social services and racial discrimination.

In sum, I agree with The Post's premise that efforts to bring about the complete Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait and restoration of peace in this region will be advanced by U.S. policies that apply uniform principles of law and justice in all cases.

JAMES REARDON-ANDERSON Bethesda