The government of the UK has often admonished Israel in public over its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and firestorm attacks on Lebanon and the Gaza strip, both of which resulted in heavy civilian casualties. It has also threatened to cancel export permits for a small amount of arms exports to Israel, primarily drone engines produced by an Israeli owned company in the UK.
But the UK maintains strong links with the Israeli military and arm industry, and this integration continues to grow.
The UK has an £850 million programme to acquire Israeli drone technology under the Watchkeeper programme.
Israeli arms companies like Elbit and Rafael regularly exhibit in UK based arms fairs, and Israeli military commanders regularly speak at UK military conferences. (see elsewhere in this blog).
BAE hopes to partner with the Israeli Defense Force and Israeli Industry to provide heavy armoured troop carriers for the Israeli army and for export.