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Canada Halts Defense Exports to Israel Amid Human Rights Concerns, Leaving Industry in Limbo

The recently imposed Canadian arms embargo on Israel is already being doubted

Canada Halts Defense Exports to Israel Amid Human Rights Concerns, Leaving Industry in Limbo

The Canadian House of Representatives has recently decided to halt defense exports to Israel due to concerns over human rights violations in the Gaza Strip. This decision has left the local Defense Industries Association feeling confused as they try to navigate the mixed messages coming from Ottawa.

Israel is a significant destination for Canadian defense exports, and now the Defense Industries Association of Canada is seeking clarity from the administration on any changes to export policies so that companies can comply with the new regulations. In 2022, Canada issued 315 export permits to Israel for defense products and technologies valued at around 21 million Canadian dollars.

The Defense Industries Association of Canada is urging the government to quickly provide details on any changes to export policies so that companies can comply with the new regulations. The fluctuating relationships between Israel and its key defense suppliers are being closely monitored, especially in light of recent geopolitical tensions.

The bulk of Israel’s defense imports come from the USA, but other countries, including Germany and Canada, also play a role in supplying defense products to Israel. Italy suspended defense exports to Israel, despite close ties between their leaders. The Defense Procurement Landscape is closely watching these developments and how they will impact global arms trade.

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