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Maariv “exclusive”: Israel and Brazil sign major security cooperation agreement

This appears to be a major agreement:

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Security in the Defense Ministry Amir Kain signed the historic agreement for security cooperation between the two countries a few days ago.  Brazil’s intelligence affairs minister signed the agreement on the Brazilian side.  Israeli sources report that “the defense industries will make a massive effort to enter the Brazilian market following the agreement.”

Yet it received little publicity and the source of for the article appears to be Israel Aerospace Industries. Perhaps this passage hints at the reason:

Due to the high sensitivity of Brazil, some of whose allies are countries such as Turkey, Iran and Syria, which are considered states that are in confrontation with Israel or enemy states — Brazil demanded that in case of any differences of opinion, Israel would not turn to an arbitrator or third party state in order to resolve disputes that might arise.  In the agreement, it was determined that the chief of security in the Defense Ministry and his Brazilian counterpart would be responsible for resolving such disputes.

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Exclusive: Defense industries take Brazil

Eli Bardenstein, Maariv, December 1 2010 [Hebrew original here]

A market valued at billions of dollars has opened up to the defense industries, after a first agreement of its kind was signed for cooperation between Israel and Brazil.  There are already several giant deals on the table between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Elbit and Rafael with Brazil.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Security in the Defense Ministry Amir Kain signed the historic agreement for security cooperation between the two countries a few days ago.  Brazil’s intelligence affairs minister signed the agreement on the Brazilian side.  Israeli sources report that “the defense industries will make a massive effort to enter the Brazilian market following the agreement.”

The first deal is expected to be made with IAI.  It consists of supplying many UAV systems to the Brazilian police, as well as ground radar systems, electronic fences, optical equipment, sensors, unmanned vehicles and satellite technology, which are included in Brazil’s demands under the heading “homeland security products.”  The Brazilian federal police chose UAVs made by IAI after examining American UAVs as well.

In addition, IAI will open a joint factory in Brazil for manufacturing UAVs.

The deal is in advanced stages of approval in the bodies responsible for security exports in the Defense Ministry.  The discussions held between the two countries indicate that Brazil needs these technologies mainly in order to secure the Soccer World Cup that will be held there in 2014, as well as the Olympics in 2016.  In addition, Brazil is coping with widespread phenomena of guerrilla groups and smuggling.

IAI CEO Yitzhak Nisan visited Brazil several times over the past year and a half and signed cooperation agreements with a number of Brazilian industrial companies with the aim of promoting IAI exports to Brazil.

Nisan welcomed the signing of the cooperation agreement between the two countries and that he “foresees a large business potential for the IAI in Brazil, with the UAV issue being only the first step, which will be followed by other products.”

This is a framework agreement of strategic importance for both countries, which took several months of negotiations before it was signed.  The agreement will enable the Israeli defense industries to execute arms deals with Brazil in the amount of billions of dollars, with an emphasis on advanced technologies.

Without the agreement, which is similar to agreements that Israel has signed with other countries, it would not be possible to carry out the deals, which are at a high level of security classification.

Due to the high sensitivity of Brazil, some of whose allies are countries such as Turkey, Iran and Syria, which are considered states that are in confrontation with Israel or enemy states — Brazil demanded that in case of any differences of opinion, Israel would not turn to an arbitrator or third party state in order to resolve disputes that might arise.  In the agreement, it was determined that the chief of security in the Defense Ministry and his Brazilian counterpart would be responsible for resolving such disputes.

Brazilian Ambassador to Israel revealed the existence of the agreement in a speech she recently gave at a conference in Tel Aviv University, when she said that this was a very important agreement for Brazil.

Defense Ministry officials refused to comment on the report.

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