Delicate issues of Israel’s defence exports

It is the most sensitive seismograph in the world. Any quiver in one part of this “world” affects the other, although not always in a parallel magnitude.

Israel is one of the major exporters of advanced defence systems. This and the geopolitical situation in the Middle East has resulted in a highly sensitive situation.

From time to time, this affects certain issues, sometimes from minute to minute.

In most cases, the details are kept behind closed doors, but we are talking here about dramatic changes. If, for example, we consider Turkey, things become clearer. 

Until three years ago, Turkey was almost a captive client of the Israeli defence and aerospace industries. This Nato member, with its Islamic majority, found itself in a situation where it was convenient to become a big client of Israel.

The desire not to become fully dependent on the US, on one hand, and anger at Europe after it rejected Turkish requests to join the EU,  helped to create close ties between Ankara and Jerusalem.

These close ties were badly damaged following a raid by the Israeli navy on the Turkish-owned aid ship Mavi Marmara as it sailed to Gaza in 2010.

But this is only one example. The defence ties between Israel and China were cut by Washington when they became too “warm”.

This mechanism is working again and again and affects the Israeli industries, very often dramatically.

Israeli defence and aerospace companies are very often dealt blows that put them in problematic situations, to put it mildly. 

The words, in which this situation is described, are also mild, because of different restraints. Confused? I expected that, but there is very little I can do to make the picture clearer.

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