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Arms Trade: Israel

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 144399, tabled on 15 May 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will rescind all export licences allowing the export of arms to Israel.

Answered on

23 May 2018

The Government takes its defence export responsibilities extremely seriously and operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world.

Export licence applications for all countries, including Israel, are assessed carefully against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. We will not grant a licence if to do so would be inconsistent with these Consolidated Criteria.

We are keeping the situation in Israel and Gaza under close review and consider the latest circumstances when assessing licence applications. The Government will not grant a licence if there is a clear risk that exports might be used for internal repression or in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

Extant licences will be revoked if the exports are no longer consistent with the Consolidated Criteria.