After decades of military subsidies and arms imports from the US, Israel’s military has a high degree of interoperability with the US and NATO. As a burgeoning arms manufacturer and arms trader Israel this linkage is increasing. For example, because Israel has a state of the art drone industry, battle tested repressing Palestinians in the West Bank, Israeli drones are becoming a staple of many NATO armouries including the UK, Canada, and Australia.
While it is understandable that NATO member countries might want to guarantee Israel’s security, there is no consequent pressure on Israel to address its repression of Palestinians. Indeed, the military integration of Israel and its arms industry into western ‘defences’ provides crucial support for the militarists in the Israeli government, and undermines completely any intended diplomatic efforts in other areas.
How integrated are Israeli and NATO militaries?
What agreements provide for Israeli/NATO cooperation and interoperability?
How often are Israeli trainers used in NATO, and vice versa?
Do Israeli companies use experiences repressing Palestinians to sell arms?