A man looking through a XACT TH64 Thermal Weapon Sight made by Israeli company Elbit Systems as it is is unveiled to journalists in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya on June 8, 2016. AFP / JACK GUEZ
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As European defense budgets rise in the wake of increased threats, Israeli companies are seeing a boost in sales, further solidifying the country's image as an arms industry leader.The increases have come despite, and perhaps partly aided by, Israel's continuing occupation of Palestinian territory – with Israeli firms themselves highlighting that their products have been tested in conflict.In 2014, the total number of exports of both homeland security and defense technologies from Israel to France amounted to slightly over $150 million, according to the Israel Export Institute.There has been a "substantial increase" in European interest in Israeli technologies, said Ran Kril, vice president of international marketing at Elbit Systems, one of the country's largest weapons companies, with profits of just under $900 million last year.
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