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We'll Ban Arms Exports To Israel If Truce Is Broken, Says Clegg

Thursday 7th August 2014

Nick Clegg told LBC the Government's looking at suspending arms exports to Israel if the current truce breaks down.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Government was working on taking tougher action and added that he hoped there would be an announcement shortly.

It comes after Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi resigned over David Cameron's failure to take a harder line against Israel over the month-long conflict, which has seen nearly 2,000 Palestinians, mainly civilians, killed.

Britain has signed off on exports from 130 defence manufacturers to Israel since 2010 for weapons such as drone parts, ammunition and armoured vehicles.

These are being used by the Israeli military in Operation Protective Edge, the mission to curtail the ability of Hamas to continue launching rockets on Israel from Gaza.

Speaking on Call Clegg, he said: "I think it is crystal clear that it would be unacceptable to the British people and wholly wrong for us to do anything other than immediately suspending any existing licences if that ceasefire were to come to an end and violence were to break out again."

He added: "This is something we are discussing in Government right now and I hope we can make an announcement, I believe we will be able to issue a sort of tougher approach to all of this, which can give the British public confidence that we stick to the rules by which these licences are issued."