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jakk55
11-06-2006, 07:18 PM
Hi I'm new and I was reading the 5.7 timeline which says that the Israel's purchae of p90s was blocked by the Belgian government. I've searched the forums but can't find any more info. Anybody have any?

btown02
11-06-2006, 07:22 PM
Welcome to the forum.

Solidarnosc
11-06-2006, 07:41 PM
Hi I'm new and I was reading the 5.7 timeline which says that the Israel's purchae of p90s was blocked by the Belgian government. I've searched the forums but can't find any more info. Anybody have any?

I will look if a can find something about it.

Belgian law (and I think even EU laws) forbids the sale of weapons to conflict regions or/and if weapons might be used against other countries. That's ofcourse a broad definition and in the past money was more important than ethics. Recently in the anual weapons export report (Flemish region) millions worth of weapons were exported to IsraŽl. Sometimes government feels the need to make an ethical stand.

The P90 in Belgium has the reputation (in the press) to be "the most powerfull gun in the universe" that is able to destroy entire city blocks with the pull of the trigger. That doesn't help export. ;)

Another reason is IsraŽl might have sold technology to third parties (without permission) and also used technology for their own use (without paying). That's however something I read on a Belgian forum. FN also has (unconfirmed) extremely good relations with the Saudis who were the first major buyer of the P90 (and maybe the F2000). Maybe that has something to do with it as well.

jakk55
11-06-2006, 07:47 PM
hmm, it seems they also don't have a problem selling them to the lebaneese as shown in the p90 picture thread.

Solidarnosc
11-06-2006, 07:55 PM
They weren't sold during the civil war in Lebanon or during the conflict with IsraŽl.

jakk55
11-06-2006, 09:57 PM
Well there was only like a 13 month slot between the syrian end of occupation in Lebbanon and the israeli conflict.

Seems the EU/FNH has no problem selling guns to countries that have fledgling *ahem* democracies and have a good chance of passing the weapons onto less, how should i say this, responsible factions.

btown02
11-06-2006, 10:04 PM
Let's move this to the Political Forum since you've taken that turn.

jakk55
11-06-2006, 10:51 PM
LOL when I first posted this in the "rifle" area i had looked for a "politics" section and had missed it.
I guess I'll leave my Euro-bashing at that.

btown02
11-07-2006, 04:07 AM
You're in the right section now, but keep it civil.