Israel Is the Eighth Largest Arms Exporter In the World
Over the past decade, Israeli arms exports increased by 60%, according to SIPRI’s report. American arms exports increased by nearly 30%, and Russia saw a 17% decrease in its outgoing arms trade
In 2018, Israel was the eighth largest arms exporter in the world, according to the annual arms transfer report released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control, and disarmament.
In recent years, the sales of Israeli-made weapons to regimes violating human rights has been criticized by a small group of Israeli lawmakers and activists.
The world’s largest weapons importers are Saudia Arabia, India, and Egypt. Israel supplied 15% of India’s arms imports from 2014-2018, compared to just 12% from the U.S., according to the report. Israel was the world’s 15th largest weapons importer during this period.According to an April report by the Congressional Research Service, a public policy research arm of the U.S. Congress, The U.S. pledged to provide $38 billion in military aid to Israel from 2019-2028. The Memorandum of Understanding also states that beginning in 2019, Israel must gradually shift all its aid money spending to U.S.-made weapons. 64% of Israeli arms imports between 2014 and 2018 came from the U.S., according to SIPRI.