Swiss parliament approves purchase of Israeli drones despite opposition

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 8, 2015 12:58

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Swiss parliament approved the purchase of six Israeli surveillance drones on Monday despite opposition from activists who said the move constitutes an investment in  "systematic human rights abuses" against the Palestinians, AFP reported.

The deal with Israel's Elbit Systems for the purchase of six unarmed Hermes 900 drones is said to be worth $256 million.

The plan to buy the drones was approved 30-12 by Switzerland's upper house of parliament, after already having passed the lower house.

AFP quoted Socialist Party representative Geraldine Savary, who spoke on behalf of those who opposed the deal, as arguing that parliament should not authorize the deal because Israel used Hermes 900 drones during last summer's Operation Protective Edge, in which more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip.

Swiss Defense Minister Ueli Maurer said that the country was not buying the drones from Israel, but rather from Elbit, a private firm. He added that the Swiss have no prohibition on importing military equipment, which in this case will be used for monitoring the Swiss border.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
November 17, 2018
IDF dispatched combat helicopters to stop five unidentified para-gliders

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF