Report: Israel Sold Military Merchandise to Mideast Neighbors


Israel has been selling military and security equipment to Pakistan and four Arab countries over the past five years, according to a British government report quoted in Haaretz on Tuesday.

The report was released by Britain’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on British government permits for arms and security equipment exports. It says that aside from Pakistan, Israel has traded in such equipment with Egypt, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.

From January 2008 to December 2012, British authorities processed hundreds of Israeli applications to purchase military items containing British components for use by the Israel Defense Forces, or to go into systems exported to third countries.

The report mentions various items, including radar systems to Pakistan, as well as electronic warfare systems, Head-up Cockpit Displays (HUD), parts for fighter jets and aircraft engines, optic target acquisition systems, components of training aircraft, and military electronic systems.

In 2009, Israel requested permits to export to Algeria aerial observation systems, pilots’ helmets and HUDs, radar systems and communications systems for military aircraft. In the same year, Israel requested permits to supply components for drones and other sophisticated air force technology to the United Arab Emirates.

The list of Israel’s clients outside the Mideast was extensive during the period in question. It included military exports to India, Singapore, Turkey, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Portugal, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Macedonia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Switzerland, Ecuador, Mexico, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Equatorial Guyana, Poland and Argentina.