Ottawa’s Confusion and Clarity on Israel Defense Exports: How it Affects Canadian Companies and the Global Arms Trade

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

Ottawa has recently decided to halt defense exports to Israel due to concerns over human rights violations in the Gaza Strip. This decision has left Canada’s Defense Industries Association feeling confused as they struggle to interpret the mixed messages coming from Ottawa. They are now seeking clarity from the administration, as Israel is a significant destination for Canadian defense exports.

In 2022, Canada was the second-largest export destination for Israeli defense products and technologies, after the USA. The Defense Industries Association of Canada is urging the government to quickly provide details on any changes to export policies so that companies can comply with the new regulations. In 2022, Canada issued 315 export permits to Israel for defense products and technologies valued at around 21 million Canadian dollars.

The recent suspension of defense exports to Israel by Italy has raised questions about how other countries will respond to similar concerns. While the majority of Israel’s defense imports come from the USA, other nations, including Germany and Canada, also play a role in supplying defense products to Israel.

The fluctuating relationships between Israel and its key defense suppliers are being closely monitored by stakeholders in the global arms trade and defense procurement landscape. The Defense Industries Association of Canada is particularly concerned about how these developments will impact their industry and their ability to do business with Israel in the future.

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