On Monday, a Dutch court issued a ruling that requires the Netherlands to halt the export and transit of F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel, a decision that emerged from an appeal by human rights organizations. These groups had argued that the Dutch involvement in supplying these parts facilitates alleged violations of international law by Israel in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
According to the court’s directive, the Dutch state must cease all exports and transits of F-35 parts destined for Israel within seven days of the ruling. Judge Bas Boele, in delivering the verdict, highlighted the risk that the exported parts could be utilized in actions that breach international humanitarian law, a point that received audible approval from attendees in the courtroom.
The Dutch government, expressing disagreement with the court’s decision, has indicated plans to appeal. It argues that the F-35 jets play a critical role in Israel’s defense strategy against regional threats, including those from Iran, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon. This stance underscores the government’s view of the strategic importance of these military exports.
Lockheed Martin Israel, the subsidiary of the U.S. aerospace company responsible for the F-35, noted that it is evaluating the implications of the Dutch court’s ruling on its supply chain and affirmed its commitment to supporting the U.S. government and its allies as necessary.