Arms trade with Israel

I remain concerned about security in Israel, and it is important to stress that our country’s friendship with Israel does not prohibit criticism of some Israeli policies. However, the UK supports Israel’s right to defend itself, and will work alongside anyone in the Middle East who seeks to establish better stability and security for their people.


The UK Government takes its export control responsibilities extremely seriously and operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world. All export licence applications are rigorously assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available.


Licence decisions take account of prevailing circumstances at the time of application and include human rights and international humanitarian law considerations. I understand the Government will not issue export licences where there is a clear risk that the arms might be used for internal repression or in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law.