Israel and Italy Cement Military Ties, Massive Arms to Be Exchanged

Israel and Italy finalize arms deal. (Photo: via Twitter)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The Israeli and Italian governments concluded a major arms deal, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Israeli Defense Ministry.

According to Israeli sources, the deal would allow Israel to sell “Spike anti-tank guided missiles and aircraft simulators in exchange for training helicopters to replace the Israeli Air Force’s aging fleet”.

Intense talks, which led to the agreement, began last February.

The military exchange is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars and its consequences are expected to last for at least two decades. According to the newly-signed agreement, Italian military contractor Leonardo will provide Israel with 20 years of aircraft maintenance.

“The agreement signed today is another expression of the close security and economic relations between Israel and Italy,” Israeli Defense Ministry Director-General Amir Eshel said in a statement, which was quoted in The Times of Israel.

The signing ceremony was held remotely, due to coronavirus restrictions.

Israel is currently the eighth leading weapons exporter in the world, and its military hardware, touted as ‘combat-proven’, is coveted by many countries.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. a very shame for italians, giving weapons to a racist nation is a very shame. Seen they are racist also versus catholics and they think all races born to serve judes so selling weapons to a simil infamous shameful nation involved in almost ALL the worst false flag of 9/11, Beirut nuke and ss Liberty (must remember what they are capable to do also to allies…..), is a very crime, then italians are very criminal, they can now sell also to Idlib fighters whatever weapon, also chemical-batteriological, if italy go over all red lines they must go over all red lines all over the world…..

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