UK Threatens To Ban Arms Trade With Israel

Britain issued Israel an ultimatum whereby it would suspend the sales of munitions to the Jewish state by British companies should the hostilities with the Gaza-based militant group Hamas resume once the current 72 hour-long ceasefire expires. The statement comes several days after Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said it is reviewing licences to sell arms and military goods to Israel in the light of ongoing operations in Gaza. Britain’s government has approved licences for the sale of military goods to Israel worth at least £42 million ($71 million, 53 million euros) since 2010, according to government figures obtained by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). These are mostly to supply weapons control and targeting systems and components for ammunition, drones and armoured vehicles. “We are currently reviewing all export licences to Israel to confirm that we think they are appropriate,” said a Downing Street spokeswoman on Monday.

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