June 21, 2024

Defense Industry Association of Canada: Ottawa’s Human Rights Concerns Leave Industry Perplexed

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

The Defense Industries Association of Canada is seeking clarity from the Canadian government after it recently decided to halt defense exports to Israel due to human rights concerns in the Gaza Strip. This move has left the association feeling confused as they grapple with the mixed messages coming from Ottawa.

In 2022, Israel was the second-largest export destination for the Canadian defense industry, after the USA. According to government data, Canada issued 315 export permits to Israel for defense products and technologies valued at around 21 million Canadian dollars. However, recent tensions between Israel and its key defense suppliers have led to concerns about how these developments will impact global arms trade and the defense procurement landscape.

The fluctuating relationships between Israel and its key defense suppliers are being closely monitored, especially in light of recent geopolitical tensions. While Italy suspended defense exports to Israel despite close ties between their leaders, 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 watching how these developments will impact global arms trade and the defense procurement landscape.

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