International Arms Exports

What’s happening in the world today

The Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty is a multiparty treaty regulating international trade in conventional weapons.


countries worldwide have ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and all Western European countries.

Among the 10 largest arms exporters in the world, only Israel and the US have not ratified the treaty.

The Israeli arms industry is responsible for a 3% share of global arms exports

… which is 30 times larger than Israel’s share of the world population

Israel’s share in the
global arms industry

Israel’s share of
the world population

Israel’s share in the
global arms industry

Israel’s share of
the world population

Who is Israel selling to?

Israel approves the sale of its weapons to 130 countries

Israel maintains a policy of maximum confidentiality and zero transparency regarding weapons exports

Distribution of exports in 2020


Asia and the Pacific




North America




Latin America

Want to learn more?

Thank you for Joining the Cause

Help ensure that Israel is a source of light and life. Help end Israeli support of oppressive regimes. Here’s how. 

Want to contribute in any other way? Let us know!

Thank you for Joining the Cause

Please leave us contact details and we will be in touch to organize a lecture

Thank You for Joining the Cause

Organizational Commitment

Organizational Commitment: A Call for Transparent, Ethical Oversight of Defense Exports

 We, the undersigned organizations, call on Israel to enact robust, transparent legislation to establish moral red lines on weapons exports, to end the Israel’s government’s approval of weapons export to governments engaged in the gross violation of human rights.


The state of Israel, founded on the vision of freedom, justice and peace found in the Hebrew prophets, finds itself today as one of the top ten weapons exporters in the world. Although government oversight on this industry exists, there is no legal limit set on weapons sales to countries engaged in gross human rights violations, in contrast to the United States and the European Union, where such laws do exist. Additionally, in Israel, as opposed to other democracies, there is no transparency regarding the identity of the clients of the weapons industry. Despite this lack of transparency, we know for a fact that Israeli weapons are sold to many countries that systematically violate human rights, including countries that have committed ethnic cleansing and genocide. 

Fundamental Principles

Therefore, we see an urgent need for an amendment to the security export law that creates a moral red line as a first condition for receiving an export license, as well as an effective and transparent mechanism for enforcing the law.

 A. A moral red line

 Every request to export Israeli weapons needs to receive the approval of DECA, the Defence Exports Control Agency, Defence Ministry’s unit for oversight on weapons exports, in order to ensure that the transaction does not negatively affect Israel’s security and diplomatic interests. Prior to this stage, there must be an evaluation of the potential client in order to ensure that it is not likely that Israeli weapons will be used to violate human rights. Failing this test must mean that a license is not issued, even if there may be economic, security or diplomatic interests that advocate for the sale to take place.

 B. Effective Oversight

The moral criteria for receiving an export license should be established and applied by an independent committee that includes representatives from outside the military and the government, such as academics and experts in human rights.

 C. Transparency

Whenever there is a question regarding Israeli weapons in the hands of brutal regimes, the claim is that revealing any information will negatively effect Israel’s security and diplomatic interests. Israel must allow for a level of transparency similar to other democratic nations, who report on their weapons exports, and particularly, on embargoes that they establish, in a transparent manner.