NATO MPs to Visit Israel to Examine Weapons R&D

Israel is a Regional Partner and Mediterranean Associate Member country in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

From Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post:  A NATO Parliamentary Assembly committee will examine Israeli research and development in the field of security technology, MKs learned Sunday in Luxembourg.

A delegation from the assembly’s science and technology committee – led by US Congressman David Scott (D-Georgia) and UK Baroness Margaret Ramsay – will visit Israel for the first time in October.

“The visit is an important achievement. It’s diplomatically advantageous, and can also lead to NATO member states to buy Israeli technology,” leader of the Knesset delegation to the conference MK Nachman Shai (Labor) explained.

Shai, MK Ronen Hoffman (Yesh Atid) and MK Yoni Chetboun (Bayit Yehudi) took part in the fourth-ever joint conference of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and NATO’s key decision-making body, the North Atlantic Assembly, which began Friday. Israel is a Regional Partner and Mediterranean Associate Member country in the assembly.

The science and technology committee’s visit is “a chance to emphasize our achievements in the areas that we want highlighted,” Shai added, pointing out that previous visits from NATO Parliamentary Assembly committees dealt with issues such as human rights.

According to Shai, the committee will focus on technological advancements in three important dimensions of modern warfare: anti-missile defense systems, drones and cyber-warfare.

The Labor MK added that advanced technology developed in Israel can help serve NATO member states’ goal of pooling and sharing defense resources – a topic that was discussed at the conference.  (photo: NATO Parliamentary Assembly)

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