Israel could already be providing weapons to Ukraine, says former Israeli commander

18 November 2022, 06:55 PM
A rally in support of Ukraine in Jerusalem, October 23 (Photo:Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Israel via Facebook)

A rally in support of Ukraine in Jerusalem, October 23 (Photo:Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Israel via Facebook)

Israel could already start providing weapons to Ukraine, former officer of Israel special police and co-founder of the Razum (“Together”) charity fund Denys Desyatnik said in his interview with NV Radio on Nov. 18.

"There are so many modern technical systems Israel can provide to Ukraine. I am sure, relevant negotiations are underway with Ukraine, the UK and the West. Israel could have provided something or have just started to provide it, but we wouldn't know about it," he said.

Israel news agency Haaretz reported that under pressure from the United States, Israel recently agreed to finance "strategic equipment" worth millions of U.S. dollars for Ukraine, quoting the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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According to Haaretz, it's a one-off agreement. The next possible weapon supplies are up to the Israeli government, which will decide how to respond to the White House's pressure.

Furthermore, it was agreed NATO members could supply Ukraine with Israeli components like electro-optical and fire-control systems.

The New York Times newspaper also wrote Israel secretly provides Ukraine with the intelligence data it needs to fight the Iranian-made drones Russia used for its terror attack on civilian buildings and infrastructure of Ukraine.

Still, there is no official information about Israeli aid to Ukraine.

Israel has also made clear statements about its neutrality with regard to the Russian-Ukrainian war.

However, this position could have changed because of Iran's aid to Russia,as well as by the result of the election to the Knesset, the unicameral legislature of Israel, which might allow the leader of Israeli opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu, to form a coalition government.

Yevgen Korniychuk, Ambassador of Ukraine to the State of Israel, said Israel’s position can change with a new government.

"I want to recall Netanyahu said in the election campaign that he considered the policy shifts in regards to supplying Ukraine with weapons.It means nothing in political terms, still it's a preposition for changing theirattitude. I want to believe we can do it together," the diplomat said.

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