When Israel Sells Arms to Everybody, 'Dr. Strangelove of Drones' Feels Invincible

The arrest of Israelis on suspicion of developing, producing and illegally selling arms to an Asian superpower rival of the U.S. doesn’t reflect good law enforcement – but fear. Meanwhile, Malaysia, Vietnam and Azerbaijan remain controversial markets for Israeli weapons

Yossi Melman
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An investigation into dozens of Israelis suspected of developing, producing and illegally selling suicide drones to an Asian superpower rival of the United States, as reported last week, is the latest proof of Israeli defense officials’ mismanagement of the country’s arms dealing.

The Israeli authorities wanted to create the impression that they act swiftly against arms-sales violations, but for decades the situation was the exact opposite of that reflected in the investigation. All relevant agencies including the national government at the top and senior officials including generals and intelligence chiefs have encouraged arms trading at almost any price.

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