Canada Halts Defense Exports to Israel: A Move Leaves the Defense Industry Confused and Seeking Clarity

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

Canada’s House of Representatives has decided to halt defense exports to Israel due to concerns over human rights violations in the Gaza Strip. This move has left the Defense Industries Association of Canada feeling confused as they grapple with the mixed messages coming from Ottawa. Now, they are 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 concerns about how fluctuating relationships between Israel and its key defense suppliers will impact global arms trade and the defense procurement landscape. Other countries, including Germany and Canada, also play a role in supplying defense products to Israel.

The Defense Industries Association of Canada and other stakeholders in the defense industry are closely monitoring these developments and their potential impact on global arms trade and the defense procurement landscape.

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