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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.

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“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.”

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133 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Ha ha ha, what a joke. Idiot stupid British race. Who are you to decide England ? Do you remember how Germany screwed all of you in 2nd WW ? Or do I need to make any mention on that ! You are the off spring of public toilet born parents, please remember this. Dare not say this again to Israel. You have ruined the future of India and damaged our country, much worst than the Nazis ! British go back home. We do not need you. Boycott English and the Americans. You are not wanted , go back.

  10. Familiar story. DeGaulle cut off Israel entirely on the eve of the 67 war. That proved to be the best thing that had happened to Israel up to then. Israel developed it’s own defense industry which spurred an entire high tech industry.

  11. Does Britain not remember WW2? What would remain had not the Allies come to her assistance?
    Is Britain now a Muslim country? can they afford the loss of business income and the loss of tourism? Is what we are seeing filtering down from the Royal Family?

  12. Stuff you Britain! Why the hell should Israel make the concessions? They are defending their right to exist! Don’t come asking Israel for help when you need it….and the way your population is going, one day in the not too distant future, you will!

  13. Yes, negotiate with terrorists and blame the hated. The UK is unfortunately going to be the first to fall if they keep up with this and the that’s been happening in East London and all over that country. It’s already at their doorstep. How can you possibly be so stupid and ignore the end of modem times knocking on your front door?!?

  14. Yes, negotiate with terrorists and blame the hated. The UK is unfortunately going to be the first to fall if they keep up with this and the that’s been happening in East London and all over that country. It’s already at their doorstep. How can you possibly be so stupid and ignore the end of modem times knocking on your front door?!?

  15. Yes, negotiate with terrorists and blame the hated. The UK is unfortunately going to be the first to fall if they keep up with this and the that’s been happening in East London and all over that country. It’s already at their doorstep. How can you possibly be so stupid and ignore the end of modem times knocking on your front door?!?

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