Israel has blocked a contract between some of their premier defence technology firms and Turkey. The Israeli Defence Ministry have declined to issue an export licence to allow Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries to sell the Lopor camera system to Turkey. Israeli officials have said that they are concerned about the possibility of Turkey passing on any cutting-edge technology they buy from Israel to third parties who are hostile to Israel.
It's refreshing to see a country putting their own well-being before the almighty dollar. If a country like Israel, with hard core, implacable enemies all around her has managed to develop advanced intelligence gathering technology, then her first order of business is to make sure that they use that technology to defend themselves. This is what Israel has done here.
Sources: Chicago Tribune (accessed 18:10 GMT 22/12/2011), The Jerusalem Post (accessed 18:12 GMT 22/12/2011), ynet news (accessed 18:13 GMT 22/12/2011).
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