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London Threatens Israel’s Arms Supply if Cease-fire Talks Fail

The military deals set to be affected are worth less than $17 million. Years ago, Israel realized that the UK is a fickle and unreliable arms supplier, so the IDF only buys minor parts from the UK that it can easily acquire elsewhere if needed.
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This time, if Jerusalem does not give in to the demands of Hamas, Britain will cancel 12 export licenses for components for radar systems, combat aircraft and tanks, British media report.

British Business Secretary Vince Cable explained in a statement late Tuesday, “We welcome the current cease-fire in Gaza and hope that it will lead to a peaceful resolution.

“However, the UK government has not been able to clarify if the export licence criteria are being met. In light of that uncertainty, we have taken the decision to suspend these existing export licences in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities.”

Cable, a Liberal Democratic minister, did not say whether the announcement came as the result of discussions with Conservatives who were pushing for an arms embargo regardless.

According to a report in the British-based Daily Mail newspaper, a review of the licenses to be revoked showed they were not for items being used by IDF forces currently in Gaza in any case, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) said.

But Israel is still apparently to be punished for the intractable behavior of Hamas.

“What is clear now is that we [the government coalition] have agreement that if the current cease-fire ends in Gaza, which we all hope it doesn’t, and there was a resumption of significant hostilities, then there would be an immediate suspension of those arms export licences to Israel that give cause for concern.”

What is not included in the embargo is the license granted for the export of cryptographic equipment, or for any components that form part of the Iron Dome system that protects Israeli civilians from the missile attacks fired by Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

The military deals set to be affected are worth less than $17 million. Years ago, Israel realized that the UK is a fickle and unreliable arms supplier, so the IDF only buys minor parts from the UK that it can easily acquire elsewhere if needed.

What won’t be affected are Britain’s military purchases from Israel, including an Elbit drone system that the British army needs.

Meanwhile, it is not at all clear whether a cease-fire will be reached by the Wednesday deadline.

A source on the Palestinian Arab side told the A-Sharq al-Awsat Arabic-language daily newspaper there is still a wide gap on the issues of returning the remains of Israeli soldiers in exchange for a Gaza seaport and airport and creating a land bridge between the enclave and the regions of Judea and Samaria. “There is slow progress, but no big breakthrough,” the source told the paper.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Hamas announced in more blunt terms, “This is the last cease-fire.”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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133 Responses to “London Threatens Israel’s Arms Supply if Cease-fire Talks Fail”

  1. On what basis do you say this? Not the facts. Just anti Semitism.

  2. Ian Conger says:

    What the hell are you **** eating retards smoking? Hamas is a terrorist organization that has launched THOUSANDS of missiles at Israeli civilians. All Israel wants is peace. Then HAMAS hides behind civilians!!! Are you actually so STUPID you think Israel is at fault? Your mama must have fed you paint chips when you were a kid.

  3. All because that Muslim Bitch resigned. She should never have been in the Cabinet with such biased views. Good riddance to her

  4. Pastor Ron says:

    Make the parts yourselves…

  5. Sobriety Jon says:

    Do the arabs even mean well for britain.they obviously dont.if they have their way and upper hand which they onced clamoured but failed they would have divided the country by now.the arab world dont have any good plan for any nation other than oppresive sharia and jihad

  6. Coco Daniel says:

    You want to punish Israel for defending itself? Wow lol what a fuking joke. Israel will never be wiped out and that’s a fact;)

  7. British colonial mentality divide and rule tactics

  8. Karl Starke says:

    KOLONIALE Atitüten der Inselaffen!

  9. Albert Ku AN says:

    Israel, UK is just a human being like you are, only God can forbid you to do, you should trust in God and focus on yourself.God is with yoy Israel. think how much UK is more important than US for? you are not a kid UK is not your alnighty father too, they will face like you are facing in this case soon. you act humble but Hamas does not.

  10. Karl Starke says:

    colonial machinations of monkey island :-)

  11. Albert Ku AN says:

    haha UK just eyeing money from Islamic so they act this way.pity on UK.

  12. If it were only the first time! “Fool me once – shame on you. Fool me twice – shame on me.” Israel should never buy any significant military equipment from the UK, which it should view as (at best) a treacherous competitor.

  13. British Government still believes it is “big daddy” and likes using the stick against Israel with a knee jerk reaction to anything Israel does to defend itself. It has been going on for years, can Israel not survive without UK?

  14. Marc Lindsay says:

    No UK support. Fine. Plan B.

  15. John Andrews says:

    Bot everyone in Britian,myself and many others 100% support the I.D.F ,Israel and her peoples…Am Yisrael Chai…Yoni in Tipton,West Midlands,U.K…

  16. John Andrews says:

    Sorry meant “Not”..

  17. England is No Longer England! They Gave Sold Out to the Enemy!
    God Is Not Dead!
    He Was and Is And Shall Ever More Be!

  18. So expected from the two faced country Britain actually nothing has changed!!!

  19. Dean Hulsey says:

    London is so stupidest idiots Muslims lovers and Jews haters.

  20. Then I think Israel should respond by canceling all technology and pharmaceutical contracts. Or triple the price only for them.

  21. Don’t worry Israel, God provides! It’s better to trust God than man! Don’t take the ride, it’s just a bluff!

  22. Vicki Spaan says:

    Fine! Then I will boycott all products made in England!

  23. And if that doesn’t work, sue for every patent on every product made or invented in Israel sold in the uk and see if the uk economy can absorb that.

  24. Paul W. Howe says:

    London wants Israel to die. They are so accursed now…

  25. Chuck Dawson says:

    I now wish America hadn’t supported England with weapons and supplies in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. The passage of time eventually reveals the mistakes of the past and I now feel our support for England is one of them. The English speak through the veil of Middle East oil and a Saudi payoff.

  26. Oh UK you are so in the wrong

  27. Richard Bell says:

    Thank you england my father died before his time
    One of the men Churchill made his speech about
    **** off england gr hate from Canada and Meir family. Your embassy will get your junk medals back. Cowards

  28. London has turned into a blackmailing terrorist, want Israel not able to defend itself

  29. We should be arming the IDF to allow the complete destruction of Hamas not pussyfooting around

  30. A bunch of bullied cowards that’s what the brits have become!

  31. Those that bless Israel will be blessed.

  32. Cacao Blanc says:

    That is black mail ….. Hamas want a seaport a Airport… That is persecution…..That mean we must deal with terrorist to get a licenses for 12 component …….. Is like the 12 tribes SHAME TO ENGLEND

  33. If UK will stop arms supply

  34. Brenda Wood says:

    Those that do not stand behind Israel will be sorry in the long run.
    England has been taken over by Muslims also.

  35. Zvi Fink says:

    England turned over police stations and cooperated with the Arab armies in 1948. England is on the way to become part of the Caliphate however if they start decapitating the British no one will feel the difference.

  36. England,sorry for you.Blinded.

  37. Angel Ariz says:

    To hell with those muhammadean morons! Support Israel!

  38. Jonathan Wii says:

    God bless Israel, dont fear anyone but continue to whats best for you

  39. Really London? That is ridiculous!!!

  40. Dwight Bell says:

    England shall not be blessed if they do this

  41. if it the case… London will go down to nothing. Remember the God of Israel will stand FOREVER!!!

  42. All that Israel needs to do is put their trust in zyehovah. He will protect them those who are against them.

  43. The following is a copy of an article “European Life Died in Auschwitz” written by Spanish writer Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper on January 15, 2011. It doesn’t
    take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of the world.

    “I walked down the street in Barcelona and discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned culture, thought, creativity, and talent. We destroyed a chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

    The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

    And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

    They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third word, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

    And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because it is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others for our children and theirs.

    What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe!

    A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they image America can suffer defeat without inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

    It has been more than sixty years since the Second World War has ended in Europe. This email is being sent as a memorable chain, in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on, and humiliated. Now, more than ever, with Iran among others claiming the Holocaust to be a myth, it’s imperative the world never forgets!

  44. GB is a caliphate already. A formerly great nation dragged down by fear of its Muslim horde. Maybe they will decapitate a few more soldiers in the streets.
    A shame for our closest ally to cow tow to their Muslim trash.

  45. This government is an embarrassment to this country, thier policies are corrupt and they are only interested in lining thier own pockets to have a cushy retirement. The stupid thing is that what they export to Israel is reprocessed and exported back to the U.K???? This is a policy based on believing lies and deceit that the lame stream media has broadcast. This same media is not telling the truth about what Hamas is doing so why aren’t these supposed intelligent leaders listening? Because it’s the truth and they are scared of the truth! Shame on you Cameron, cleggy and that labour idiot millipede oh sorry Miliband.

  46. Uk is going down. Geeze. How pathetic are they?

  47. Sorry that’s “Yehovah”,…psalm 91 covers it…

  48. …Thats like telling Willie Wonka you wont give him a smarty .. lol

  49. Unbelievable. Blackmail???? In global politics?

  50. Helen Ward says:

    I’m with Vicki Spaan boycott products from England. Why should Israel have to do it when Hamas is the one who was bombing Israel.


  52. Hamas should be making payment to Israel for they are the aggressor.

  53. in one statement the uk as it prepares to make strikes on isis says it has a moral duty to protect innocents, yet threaten to cut arms to isreal trying to protect innocents…????double standards..

  54. Judith Dowla says:

    London, UK. London Bridges are falling down. You have no right to dictate to Israel. Please note Israel is not a colony of yours. The Sun Has Set On The British Empire. And Britannia Rules the World No More. Civility and Diplomacy Works Much Better rather than an outright order. Where have your manners gone. Right into the sewers of London and out into the Thames River. Shame on you! Double shame on you!

  55. Go Ahead and back the Terrorist, you might get some good business from them plus some new migrants from Gaza. Do yourself a Favour.

  56. Lisa Kamins says:

    one can expect no more from the originators of the White Paper. and that was just one of their major sins against the Jews.

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