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Israel eases arms export rules for ‘unclassified weapons’

November 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Weapons, 1 November 2018 [Flickr]

Israeli defence companies “will henceforth be allowed to negotiate with almost any country in the world for a possible sale of weapons systems defined as unclassified without obtaining special licenses in advance from the Israeli Defence Export Control Agency (DECA),” reported Globes.

However, “despite the exemption from marketing licenses, no binding agreements can be signed with customers before DECA approves the deal.”

Globes noted allegations that Israeli weaponry is “being exported clandestinely, primarily through arms traders, to countries that violate human rights and were under a UN arms embargo”, allegations “stated in a number of High Court of Justice petitions against the Ministry of Defence, which refuses to disclose the list of countries to which it allows weapons exports”.

According to new figures reported by DECA, “the list of defence products whose export is subject to state supervision has been changed”, with “exporters of thousands of defence products that previously required a marketing license will now be exempt from obtaining such a license”.

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“The relief refers to exports to the 102 countries to which exports are allowed, and to products such as various types of night vision equipment, cyber systems, refuelling aircraft, mission aircraft, command and control aircraft, civilian satellites, some unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) and training in counter-terrorism provided by Israeli companies,” the report added.

According to Globes, “Israeli defence exports totalled an all-time record $9.2 billion in 2017”.