Socialist Worker

Government will only suspend arms to Israel if hostilities resume

by Adam Cochrane
Issue No. 2417

The British government announced the results of its review into arms sales to Israel on Tuesday of last week. 

Business secretary Vince Cable said that the government would suspend 

12 of the existing licences—but only if there is “a resumption of significant hostilities”.

The licences include components for military radar systems, combat aircraft and tanks.

The government is effectively waiting for more deaths in Gaza before taking any action.

There are currently 380 military licences to Israel with a total value of around £8 billion.

It should suspend all military licences immediately.

The government could face legal action over its whitewash of a review. 

The Campaign Against the Arms Trade has instructed solicitors to lodge a judicial review in the High Court over arms sales to Israel.


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