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Israeli Arms Sales Rising Globally

Haaretz the week reported that despite a drastic decline in Israeli arms exports, trade with Africa had reached a four-year record, but African countries spent $223 million on Israeli arms in 2013 compared to $107 million in 2012. The Israeli Defense Ministry report doesn’t detail other countries buying its arms because Israel refuses to reveal the full list. Even under a court order, Israel’s Defense Ministry would only reveal that it had sold arms in 2011-12 to the United States, Spain, Kenya, Britain and South Korea, “but its other customers can’t be named.” Yet international defense journals and website report at length on the deals and a 2013 British government report listed India, Singapore, Turkey, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Portugal, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Macedonia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Switzerland, Ecuador, Mexico, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Equatorial Guinea, Poland, Argentina and Egypt as Israeli customers. Even countries that have no official relations with Israel appeared on the list: Pakistan, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco. The report also said Britain refused to approve components for products destined for Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

 

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