Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Australia's Shame

"In a statement on [Israel's] Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Twitter feed on 6 April, head of the international defence co-operation department SIBAT Michel Ben-Baruch said that the country's defence companies signed export deals valued at US$5.6 billion... IHS Jane's tracked approximately US$2.1 billion worth of export deliveries - comprising new and ongoing orders - from Israel in 2015, with India being the country's leading customer followed by the United States and Australia." (Israel reports flat defence exports for 2015, Charles Forrester, janes.com, 6/4/16)


Grappler said...

I haven't looked at the report you cited, MERC, but given that the US Defense budget is nearly USD600B, India's is USD51B and Australia's USD24B, that probably means that we spend a bigger proportion of our Defence expenditure in Israel than any other country than Israel. Incidentally, didn't Geraldine Doogue talk about Israel's exports "doing good"?

MERC said...

No, it was Jillian Segal. Geraldine was gobsmacked when she heard it. See 'Ladies Who Rambam 2', 5/6/16.