Israeli security firms have been shut out of the Olympic Games in China and in the process lost lucrative contracts, industry sources said.
U.S. pressure blocked the Israeli Defense Ministry from granting export licenses for security equipment and training to Beijing to protect the Olympic Village, they said.
The sources said without U.S. pressure China would have ordered up to $1 billion in security equipment and expertise from Israel, Middle East Newsline reported. China was said to have budgeted $4 billion for protection of the games.
“It was a major opportunity wasted, but that’s what happens when your security and military policy depends on the United States,” an industry source said.
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