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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Israeli Defense Establishment Concerned

As mentioned in a very early post, according to Professor Yaron Ezrahi those in the upper echelons of the Israeli military have deep anxiety about the Netanyahu government. Now the Jerusalem Post is reporting as its lead story that the defense establishment is voicing growing concern about the economic impact of the expected UN vote in September:
“We need to prepare for the possibility that a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinians at the United Nations in September will lead to a boycott of Israeli military hardware,” a senior defense official said this week.
The article states that in 2009 and 2010 Israel was the fourth largest arms exporter in the world at around  $7.5 billion each year.

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