“The Prime Minister needs to reveal if Australia is still sending arms to Israel, and if so, exports should be suspended,” Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
“Past questions asked by the Greens in the Senate have revealed that defence exports to Israel were worth almost $10 million in 2004, the last year for which figures have been made public. In the last five years the Howard government has approved the export of weapons and equipment including military explosive devices, military electronic equipment, parts for military vehicles and aircraft and armoured equipment,” Senator Brown said.
“Instead of arming one side of the conflict the Prime Minister should be trying to achieve a cease fire.”
Senator Brown said that global coverage of ambulances being targeted in Lebanon, and a United Nations post being destroyed killing UN personnel, will disgust millions around the world.
A leading British politician has made similar calls in relation to arms sales to the Jewish state. Israel wouldn’t be as lethal without the help of its Western allies.