IAI Chairman Illuminates Israeli Arms Trade Policy

In a recent interview in the Jerusalem Post the Chairman of Israeli Aerospace Industries, Yair Shamir, illuminated some interesting parts of Israel policy.

Asked why Israel delivered UAVs to Turkey after relations between the two countries had deteriorated he replied “we do not have the luxury of making deals conditional on political requirements.”

Later: “We constantly declare to the world that we do business regardless of politics; if you buy missiles from us, we won’t demand that you vote for us in the UN. So we do not have the luxury of coming to the Turks with political demands as a condition for honoring a contract. Nevertheless, had the state required of us not to transfer the UAVs to Turkey, we would have listened. The fact is that the State of Israel did not forbid us to do so.”

Still later he said:“On the other hand, if the US reduces its global military involvement as a result of budget cuts, there will be more wars in the world, and then, of course, suppliers like us will be able to sell more arms to customers worldwide. For the time being, I don’t see immediate cuts.”

Elsewhere in the interview he expressed IAI (and Israel’s since IAI is a state owned Israeli company) desire to exploit the arms acquisition needs of countries like Russia and Columbia, with few reservations.

Yair Shamir is the son of a previous Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Shamir.

Another Israeli Company appear to also subscribe to the joint venture mode of manufacturing. Aeronautic Defence Systems has a joint venture with an Austrian company to produce the Dominator drone, which is an airplane converted to robotic control.http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4131339

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