Israeli arms sales to Africa double in 2013


Total weapons exports drop $1 billion, but overall trend for past decade is up

Israel’s arms sales to Africa more than doubled from 2012 to 2013, continuing a multi-year upward trend, an Israeli daily reported Wednesday.

The country’s total military exports were down in 2013, but the trend over the past decade continues to be positive, according to a Haaretz report.

Israel sold $223 million worth of arms to African countries in 2013, compared to $107 million in 2012 and $127 million in 2011. In 2009, by contrast, sales stood at only $71 million.

Overall arms sales stood at $6.5 billion in 2013, a billion dollar drop from the year before. But the figure still represents a significant rise from the $3.5 billion in sales in 2005.

The decline over the past year is mostly due to arms sales dropping across the world as nations cut defense budgets as part of austerity measures.

In addition, the US drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan reduced the American need for defensive technologies, of which Israel is a major supplier.

Asian countries continued to be Israel’s top arms customers, buying $3.9 billion worth in 2013, according to Haaretz.

In addition, the US and Canada purchased $1 billion worth of arms in 2013, while Latin American countries bought $645 million worth. Europe spent $705 million, down from $1.6 billion the year before.

The transactions were mostly for upgrading airplanes, computer systems for air forces, ammunition, drones, and radar, the Defense Ministry told Haaretz.

Times of Israel

  1. #1 by colin on 10/09/2014 - 9:34

    And they’re not even trying …yet.

  2. #2 by genuinesoul78 on 10/09/2014 - 9:34

    Here’s someone with a story you might enjoy! FREE PALESTINE!! FREE ALL OF PALESTINE!!!

  3. #3 by Al on 10/09/2014 - 9:34

    None of the so-called free press & media in America ever mentions about such news… I am sure if Russia, Iran, Cuba & etc enter such business then all the news media in US would talk about it for weeks or months… This is the way they brain-wash people and nobody pays any attention to this kind of invisible control….

  4. #4 by xplorexpress on 10/09/2014 - 9:34

    Reblogged this on Xplore and commented:
    So… why are they taking american weapons galore if they are making so many? They are taking money (many billions of $ per year) from U.S., France, Germany and many other European countries. Why they give them this money depriving their own people from necessary services? They are warmongers, selling and spreading death and governments continue to give them our money… Why????

  5. #5 by joecthetruthteller on 10/10/2014 - 9:34

    They also sell the weapons they get from US to China!

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