Popular Arms Show in Tel Aviv was held this week, although France and Britain boycotted
British and French defense firms have opted out of an International Defense and Security Expo in Tel Aviv this week after failing to gain approval to export equipment to Israel, a source associated with ISDEF told TheMarker.
Certain weapons from Western suppliers were made inaccessible to Israel during the 2014 Gaza war.
Over the years, many Western countries prevented the export of offensive equipment to Israel, the source said.
This situation “affects companies from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and France,” the person added.
After experiencing difficulty obtaining ammunition from Western suppliers during the Gaza war in 2014, Israel decided to rely on Israeli-produced technology, the source said.
Smaller Israeli producers were given special product development tasks to avoid relying on imported military equipment, they added.
Participants at the Tel Aviv fair “include government ministers, army chiefs of staff and ambassadors from various countries.”