Jul. 17, 2013 (TSR-PressTV) – Israel says there are 6,784 Israelis dealing with arms exports in response to the request to disclose the name of individuals and companies involved in arms deals.

Tel-Aviv has said that it can’t reveal the identity of the individuals and companies due to security issues and foreign relations.

However, the information released indicated that there had been as many as 6783 individuals dealing with security exports by the end of the year 2012.

The details also revealed that the Tel Aviv regime had issued 1,900 marketing permits and 8,716 export permits.

On June 24, IHS Jane’s, a business intelligence company working on military as well as security topics, released a report notifying that Israel had become the sixth largest arms exporter in the world. The report also added that Israel had overtaken a number of countries including Italy, China, Canada and Sweden in the global arms trade.

The United States and Russia, with the export of over USD 28 billion and USD 10 billion respectively in 2012, ranked the world’s top arms exporters, while France with USD 4.5 billion in sales and the United Kingdom with some USD 4 billion in sales ranked third and fourth.

According to the report, Germany was the world’s fifth-largest arms exporter with an export total of USD 3 billion.

The report listed India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Korea, Australia and Iraq as the major importers of arms.

On April 22, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Yaalon finalized an arms deal worth USD 10 billion.

“Minister Yaalon and I agreed that the United States will make available to Israel a set of advanced new military capabilities … including anti-radiation missiles and advanced radars for fighter jets, KC135 refueling aircraft, and most significantly the V-22 Osprey…,” Hagel said in a joint press conference in Tel Aviv.


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