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New Regulations on Arms Dealers

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Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin has introduced amendments to existing regulations governing reserve officers who become arms dealers after retiring from active service. The changes are a direct result of recent cases in which high-ranking former Israel Defense Force officers were allegedly involved in the illegal sale of American weaponry stockpiled in Israel to third parties.

While it is still permissable for reservists to go into the arms business or to export their military know-how, they will hereafter need to obtain two permits, the same as required by civilians.

A Defense Ministry spokesman said a reservist will have to obtain a permit from the Ministry before engaging in negotiations for arms sales and a license before implementing any agreement reached with an overseas purchaser.

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