Arms export to Israel is incompatible with the EU Common Position on Arms Trade.

This Common Position requires EU Member States to assess  licence applications for the export of military equipment against eight criteria with consideration for the human rights and peace situation in the country of destination. Based on these criteria, many European countries have restricted their arms export to Israel. It would be a logical step to impose a full arms embargo on Israel.

Research financing

The European Union is financing the Israeli arms industry with research subsidies. Many Israeli military firms profit from ‘third country’ co-operation under the European Security Research Program, which aims to make the European security industry more competitive. The ESRP is part of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the EU which covers projects between 2007 and 2013. The budget allocated for the ESRP as part of the FP7 is Euro 1.4 billion from 2007 until 2013.

Although Israel is not the only third country co-operating with the EU under the FP7, it appears to be standing out in the security cooperation scheme. At the time of writing (September 2010) 87 EU security research projects have been funded under the ESRP. Israel is involved in 17 programmes and leads six. Israel is also involved in other EU research programmes such as those regarding road safety and environmental research. Although these research funds are devoted to civilian sectors, some of the Israeli companies that are receiving funds for civilian projects are arms companies.


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