Israeli Arms Lobby in Higher Gear
Israeli defense companies long established in the United States are actively campaigning for an easing of American controls on their military exports. [...]
The US aeronautical company, which moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, is in both the civil and military sectors, like its European rival Airbus. At the heart of the US defence industry, Boeing has powerful contacts in Capitol Hill and at the White House.
Since the OECD Convention against bribing foreign officials was signed in 1997, multi-national corporations - and particularly those in the defense industry - have found new ways of legally paying go-betweens and decision-makers in the countries in which they operate. [...]