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Israel-Gaza conflict: Sale of military equipment to Israel linked to success of peace talks

The British government will suspend the sale of some military equipment to Israel if the ceasefire in Gaza is broken.

The Government identified 12 licences for components which could be part of equipment used by Israel in its attacks on Gaza. As it would be difficult to clarify Israel’s use of the components, the Government will suspend the 12 licences if there is a resumption of fighting.

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, said: “We welcome the current ceasefire 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. No new licences for military equipment have been issued for use by the Israeli Defence Force during the review period and as a precautionary measure this approach will continue until hostilities cease.”

The UK’s Independent article continues: The ceasefire appeared to hold although Israel warned that agreement is uncertain.