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Elbit Systems to make hard cash from Israeli strikes upon Gaza

The Gaza Strip is set to become ‘Elbit Systems’ testing grounds. For some time Israel has marketed its weapons, proving the abilities of their technology by testing it on the population of Gaza, only now, it’s privatized.
Elbit System Hermes 450 on display at Farnborough Air Show England in July 2006. | wikimedia

As Israel privatizes the oldest and one of its biggest weapons manufacturing companies IMI (Israeli Military Industries), fears of chaos spread.

Israel’s recent move to privatize its weapons manufacturing companies will mean war, or at the very least, that various weapons - insidious in nature - will be used by the Israeli Military in order to boost sales, more frequently than before.

After every armed conflict Israel engages in, arms fairs are held and strong presence is felt at weapons exhibitions around the world. The latest attack upon the civilian population of the Gaza Strip in 2014, was the primary testing opportunity for newly produced Israeli technology. The technology is tested on real populations, real buildings and vehicles and this proves to be a selling point with buyers worldwide. In September of 2014 for instance, 6 Israeli companies had a major presence in an Azerbaijani weapons exhibition, the companies paraded around various weapons tested in Gaza.

Israel sells weapons to approximately 130 different countries worldwide. The moral standards of the state are also in no way commendable, as Israel was reported last year (in ‘Haaretz News’) to have approved 99.8% of all weapon export requests. 

So what changes as Israel privatizes its weapons manufacturing companies?

The predicted outcome of privatization, is that the corporation - Elbit Systems in this case - will seek one thing in its production of weapon technology, money. With the number one priority being, making money, ‘Elbit Systems’ will demand the testing of its technology in order to raise its value.

The owner of Elbit Systems, is a man by the name of Michael Federmann, he has strong personal ties to Israeli politicians, most notably Ehud Barak (former Israeli PM). Yekutiel Federmann, Michael’s father was a personal friend of Ehud Barak and was a large financier of the former Prime Ministers winning Campaign.

With its strong connections within the current Israeli administration, Elbit Systems could easily push the Israeli military to use its new technology frequently upon the densely populated Gaza Strip. 

Another aspect to privatizing IMI, is that in doing so, it is creating less and less competition in the Israeli arms industry. The smaller the competition between Israeli weapons manufacturers, the higher the prices are driven. If prices are driven up over time, as will inevitably happen, then the Israeli government -  and the United States - will also have to foot the bill too. 

So why has this been done now? In April of 2014, according to Avi Felder (head of IMI), there was agreements signed which would make way for the slow implementation of privatizing the company. Privatizing has been undergone in order to increase the profitability of the historically state owned company, however the timing is always something we have to correlate with other planned events, or endeavors of the Israeli government.

Has the Israeli government got another mass scale bombardment of the Gaza Strip in mind?

The Gaza Strip is currently in a ‘state of emergency’, the conditions are not improving, despite the ‘Unity Deal’ signed between Hamas and Fatah parties. The Palestinian Authority (PA) are yet to make significant moves, in order to uplift the suffering population of Gaza. Instead of the situation improving, Gaza’s conditions are allowed to continue to plummet, this has created great tension between Hamas and Fatah. 

The PLO recently urged that the Egyptian proposal of administering thousands of PA police, to take over Gaza’s police stations, be implemented. The PA seem to want control of Gaza and instead of aiding it, strangle it in order to force Hamas into submission. Recently an attempted assassination of Rami Hamdallah (PA Prime Minister), has sparked more tension between rivaling parties, with the PA blaming Hamas, literally within minutes of the attack.

The Palestinian Authority, which works as Israel’s police force and intelligence, in ‘Area A’ of the West Bank, maybe planning something that would allow for an Israeli bombardment of Gaza. In the three past bombardments, the Palestinian Authority has stood by and watched the people of Gaza die. The deal struck between parties, could need a final blow by the Israeli war machine, in order to force a Hamas submission.

Eye’s should now be on the Palestinian Authority and the way in which they manipulate their relationship with Hamas. This could all be coinciding with an Israeli endeavor to test and sell weapons, which will soon skyrocket in price.

The battering of Gaza, will benefit the corrupt Palestinian Authority and will mean for the Israeli ‘Elbit Systems’, a plethora of battle tested, expensive weapons, ready to sell to countries around the world. The PA-Israel alliance may be ready to intensify.

Robert Inlakesh

Robert Inlakesh is a journalist, political analyst and human rights activist who specialises in delivering insight into the geo-political scene of the Middle East, specialising in the political and humanitarian situation in Palestine.

Robert is a regular writer for 'Al-Masdar news' - and also appears frequently on 'Press TV' as an analyst and researcher.