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Canada’s Mixed Signals on Defense Exports to Israel: Uncertainty and Clarifications Needed for Industry

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Canada’s new arms embargo on Israel raises immediate concerns

In just nine days after Canada’s House of Representatives announced a halt to defense exports to Israel, the domestic Defense Industries Association is expressing confusion at the mixed messages coming from the decision compared to statements from the Ottawa administration. Now, officials from the industry are seeking clarifications from the government as Israel is a significant export destination for Canadian defense products. According to Canadian government data, Israel was the second-largest export destination for Canadian defense products in 2022.

The president of the Defense Industries Association of Canada, Christine Gianferrani, emphasized the need for companies to receive clear information about changes in export policy to ensure compliance with the new regulations. In 2022, Canada issued 315 export permits to Israel for defense products and technologies, totaling approximately 21 million Canadian dollars. The scope of defense exports from Canada to Israel increased significantly during the Iron Swords War, with almost 28.5 million Canadian dollars worth of exports to Israel in the first two months of the conflict.

Following Canada’s decision, other nations like Italy also announced halts to defense exports to Israel, despite close diplomatic ties. Germany, a significant defense supplier to Israel, raised concerns about the situation in Gaza but has not taken concrete actions against Israel. Israel’s defense imports are primarily from the United States, with substantial aid packages and joint development projects boosting their military capabilities.

As major suppliers like the USA continue to support Israel while smaller exporters like Canada navigate complex policy changes, questions arise about

By Samantha Jones

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