Arab states bought nearly a quarter of Israel’s record $12.5 billion arms exports in 2022.
The economic and military ties between Israel and the states that joined the Abraham Accords in 2020 continue to strengthen. About 25 percent of Israel’s record defence exports, which amounted to $12.5 billion in 2022, went to Arab countries.
Fifty percent up
This is an increase of 50 percent from the previous three years and sees a doubling of volume over a ten-year period. Drones accounted for 25 percent of exports in 2022, while missiles, rockets and air defence systems accounted for 19 percent, writes Reuters.
The Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain established official relations with Israel in 2020 as part of the Abraham Accords, negotiated under the Trump administration.
Since then, the countries have strengthened ties in the area of defence. Israel sent a senior naval officer to Bahrain last year. Satellite images show that the Emirates have deployed Israeli Barak air defence systems.
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On Friday, Israel’s top envoy to Morocco said that Elbit Systems, one of Israel’s leading defence technology companies, plans to open two branches in Morocco. The announcement came after Israel recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara.
The boom in the arms trade shows that the ties between Israel and Arab states continue to develop on the basis of the Abraham agreements – despite tensions in Judea and Samaria, the so-called West Bank.