ISRAEL - Defense Sales Soar in Last Five Years

Arno Froese

International arms transfers are going strong in the Middle East, even if they are leveling off in other regions, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a group that monitors arms transfers.

“International transfers of major arms stayed at the same level between 2011-15 and 2016-20,” it said in a report. “Substantial increases in transfers by three of the top five arms exporters—the USA, France and Germany—were largely offset by declining Russian and Chinese arms exports.”

Israeli exports represented 3% of the global total between 2016 and 2020. Israel’s big three defense giants, Elbit Systems, IAI and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, are world leaders in the industry.

Israel’s exports were 59% higher over the past five years than in the 2011-2015 period. For example, IAI is cashing in on new interest in loitering munitions.

Elbit Systems is picking up contracts in Europe, and Rafael’s Iron Dome and Trophy are getting new recognition. Iron Dome was sent to the US, and Trophy is now being used by Germany. Both systems celebrate 10 years of operation in Israel this year. In addition, Israeli companies have made major inroads in India and other countries., 16 March 2021

Arno's Commentary

Israel is the only industrialized, functioning democracy in which defense is essential to its existence. While most other countries just “play games” (military exercises, war games), Israel has to be alert and ready 24/7 throughout the year.

But there is a future coming, according to Bible prophecy: “The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run” (Joel 2:4).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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