Canada Halts Defense Exports to Israel: What it Means for the Global Arms Trade

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

The Canadian government 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 Defense Industries Association of Canada feeling confused and seeking clarity from the administration, as Israel is a significant destination for Canadian defense exports.

In 2022, Israel was the second-largest export destination for the Canadian defense industry after the USA, with Canada issuing 315 export permits to Israel valued at around 21 million Canadian dollars. However, recent scrutiny of Israel’s defense imports from various countries has raised questions about the country’s relationships with its key suppliers.

Italy suspended defense exports to Israel despite close ties between their leaders, while Germany and Canada also play a role in supplying defense products to Israel. The fluctuating relationships between Israel and its key suppliers are closely monitored, especially in light of recent geopolitical tensions.

The Defense Industries Association of Canada and other stakeholders in the defense industry are closely watching how these developments will impact global arms trade and the defense procurement landscape. The association is urging the government to quickly provide details on any changes to export policies so that companies can comply with new regulations.

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