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A cross-party group of MPs will call today for a review of the way arms sales are approved after the government admitted British equipment was "almost certainly" used in the assault on Gaza last year.
"It is regrettable that arms exports to Israel were almost certainly used in Operation Cast Lead [the attack on Gaza]," the Commons committee on strategic export controls says in a report published. "This is in direct contravention to the UK government's policy that UK arms exports to Israel should not be used in the occupied territories."
''After the attack on Gaza, David Miliband, the foreign secretary, told the Commons that all future applications for arms-related exports to Israel "will be assessed taking into account the recent conflict".
He said Israeli equipment used in the attack on Gaza "almost certainly" contained British-supplied components included in cockpit displays in US F-16 combat aircraft sold to Israel, and components for the fire control and radar systems, navigation equipment and engine assemblies for US Apache helicopters.
The equipment also included armoured personnel carriers adapted from Centurion tanks sold to Israel in the late 1950s and components for the guns and radar in Israeli Sa'ar-class corvettes which took part in the operation.''
But a two-year goal for the creation of a Palestinain state was reiterated.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “The Quartet continues to support the Palestinian authority’s plan of 2009 for building a Palestinian state within 24 months, as a demonstration of the Palestinians’ serious commitment to an independant state that provides good governance, opportunity, justice and security for the Palestinian people.”
Originally posted by Magnum007
I have to disagree with those who believe that nothing will come out of this. We have seen more international scorn on Israel in the last while than in the whole history of Israel...
This is a positive thing as more and more countries are starting to stop blindly loving this horribly led regime and beginning to question giving them everything out of pitty for something that happened 60 years ago... More and more countries are starting to openly criticize Israel...
It's starting to be the time where things will be made right and when people will see the true side of the horrible monster's face...