Switzerland consolidates military cooperation with Israel

Switzerland and Israel want to strengthen their military cooperation. The President Ueli Maurer and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak have agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding.


The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, signed letter of intent provides that Switzerland and Israel improve cooperation between their defense ministries and armed forces. This may include the establishment of working groups, or the exchange of visits of delegations of specialists include.

Moreover, the exchange of scientific information and information are provided on equipment and other technical matters, or exchange views on human rights, as stated in the letter of intent.

30 organizations protest

The armaments cooperation will also continue.Currently evaluating the Switzerland procurement of an Israeli reconnaissance drone for the Air Force. The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) stressed that the military cooperation with Israel, not with the intent expanded, but will be confirmed on the same scale.

Compared to the news agency sda Barak spoke of an important step that might allow to deepen the good relationship with Switzerland in the defense sector. That Switzerland voted in the UN General Assembly for inclusion of Palestine as an observer state is, not an obstacle. It was not to Israel, Switzerland, to provide instruction, Barak said.

In Switzerland, the cooperation with Israel meets with sharp criticism. Nearly 30 Swiss organizations – from the Group for a Switzerland without an Army (GSoA) on the Association Switzerland-Palestine to the Greens and the SP – in a protest calling for the declaration of intent.This was “a scandalous, unacceptable reward for settlements and for the continued violations of international law by the Israeli state.”

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