Thursday, May 25, 2017
Israel’s defence diplomacy in Europe.
Israel is seeking to capitalise diplomatically and economically on growing tension and security threats in Europe by expanding arms sales and defence cooperation. In addition to reaping economic benefits, the government hopes to use deeper defence ties to protect Israel from the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and actions opposing Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank.
- Israeli arms exporters could come into conflict with US defence companies in European markets.
- Russia’s displeasure with Israeli defence sales in Eastern Europe could encourage arms transfers to Israel’s regional enemies.
- Demand for the most sophisticated Israeli military technology will rise more sharply.