July 16, 2015

UK Government lifts restrictions on arms exports to Israel

Rebel Staff

The UK Government has lifted all remaining limits on arms sales to Israel after a year-long review of 12 export licenses for weaponry. 

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said that it is now satisfied that the licenses meet the UK’s export criteria, which ban any sale of arms where there is a “clear risk” that they may be used for “internal repression or the abuse of human rights.”

Last summer, during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, an offensive designed to halt the onslaught of Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli cities, the British government decided to review £8 billion of controlled export licenses granted to Israel - military and commercial - to see whether each license is appropriate in light of the Gaza conflict.

According to the Guardian, anti-war campaigners were most concerned about £42 million of arms export licenses awarded to 130 British firms, “including two supplying components for the Hermes drone and one selling components for Israel’s main battle tank.”

In a statement released Wednesday, Business Secretary Sajid Javid’s department said:

“Following the review the government has concluded that in the present context where the facts are clearer these criteria may now be applied, without any additional measures.”

Acknowledging the fluidity of the situation in Gaza and in various war zones across the globe, the statement added:

“The government continues to monitor conflict and tension around the world. It retains the power to suspend export licensing where the security conditions in the export destination deteriorate to the extent that is impossible or extremely difficult to apply standard export licensing procedures.”


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commented 2015-07-24 18:50:14 -0400
Way to go Britain! Israel is the only country you can trust in the middle east. Harper knows this too. Time to wake up Bathhouse Barry, you’re backing the wrong side, you and your Sunni relatives are gonna be surprised when you get to heaven and find that the virgins are wearing flames and poking yur ass with pitchforks, allah be dammed.
commented 2015-07-17 21:57:59 -0400
“Rick, the UK is always on high alert for terrorist attack.” In my opinion, this is a good thing. An actual effort to protect their citizens from the Islamist beasts that would destroy them in a heartbeat. Would Trudope or Tommie the Commie be as diligent? I suspect no. They’re both trolling for votes from the Muslim community, which undoubtably contains some Islamists. Proof? We’ve had our share of incidents and threats which the two previously mentioned wilfully blind are in complete denial of. Oh woe Canada should either or both form Gov’t in October!
commented 2015-07-17 16:22:01 -0400
how much arms is britain selling to despots around the world. yet they study to reduce arms to israel. a democratic country who must defend itself every day must be reproached by the west. boggles the mind. ukraine in same boat. no weapons but fight russia with sticks instead. common sense govts. we did not make this a them against us. the them did whether russia.or islamists. back our brothers, because our enemies certainly back theirs.
commented 2015-07-17 14:12:34 -0400
It took them an year to review that? Is it me or this a huge coincidence that the audit had ended exactly by the same time that they’re mentally challenged FM signed the nuclear bomb agreement? Is it a bribe attempt? Obummer has tried the same thing from his end of the pipeline yet he was declined by Netanyahu. Israel needs to cut security ties with these treacherous bastards.
commented 2015-07-17 07:46:48 -0400
Good for business and GDP growth in the UK.

Arm the islamic terrorists and let them kill each other over there. Thins the herd nicely. Socialist PIGS should love this.

Oh wait, the UK is a big fat gummamant pile of socialist goo. Ah congruence.
commented 2015-07-17 00:36:03 -0400
Rae Fraser…Obama…. I will refrain from maligning him….I have stopped believing that he is in any way deliberately evil…but he IS a fool…

No longer does he have the stopping power of a President of the United States with the endorsed mandate of that great nation…he forfeited THAT some time ago…..

Nobody who he would actually care about gives a festering fiddler’s fuck what Obama approves any more.
commented 2015-07-17 00:25:40 -0400
Nice to see the UK exercises their sanity and disagrees with the insane Liberal, all encompassing Obama. There is resistance to the utterly ridiculous, we need more governments to show our disappointment in decisions the U.S. are making!
commented 2015-07-17 00:10:29 -0400
Did Obama approve this ?
commented 2015-07-16 22:02:24 -0400
Rick, the UK is always on high alert for terrorist attack.

Good for the UK. The game in the middle east has changed with the Iran deal. Israel needs to re-group and reassemble its allies. The power in the middle east is changing as Saudi Arabia takes a more active role in policing (finally) and as Iran assumes more and more power in the region. Israel has a commercial deal with China to supply China with technology in exchange for China providing security, ostensibly for the commercial venture, security that will also stabilize the region.

Israel’s technological edge is what will continue to give them the advantage in the region. Even though Iran may be gaining power and SA and Pakistan, Turkey and Qatar are realigning forces against Israel, Israel can take out their operations with a remote control computer bug. They can even shut down computers that aren’t connected to the Internet.

commented 2015-07-16 20:51:36 -0400
Finally, bit by bit the free world is starting to wake up to the threat.
commented 2015-07-16 19:57:34 -0400
Your right Rick Plesnik
It was a disgrace that the U.K. government did to Israel by holding up deliveries.
commented 2015-07-16 19:15:28 -0400
Watch for a Muslim protest in the UK, and/or a Terrorist Attack………….
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