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Israel: Arms Trade

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 139367, tabled on 30 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether any arms or arms components exported from the UK to Israel have been used against Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

3 May 2018

The UK has exported a number of military-listed items to Israel over the last 12 months. UK arms exports are subject to export controls and all decisions to approve export licences to Israel are considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria (Consolidated Criteria). Decisions are based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available, including reports from our overseas network and military contacts. The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and require consideration of the impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. We do not issue export licences where we assess there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression, in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law, or where the export would provoke or prolong conflict. We keep the situation in Israel under continued review. We do not collect data on the use of equipment after sale.

Answered by

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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