Money buys peace

The arms trade is one of the most unpleasant sides of international affairs. Israel is a master of the art, once invaluably assisted by economic and military ties with apartheid South Africa.

Now we learn the Jewish state is cementing a US$1 billion arms deal with Angola and has sold arms to the Ivory Coast during its civil war. The human rights abuses in both states are horrendous, though Israel heavily relies on this trade to fund its existence.

Few countries restrict selling arms due to human rights concerns, but should we expect more from a state that claims to be a “light unto the nations?”

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