Israel supports Ukraine ‘behind the scenes’, says Israeli ambassador to Germany
Ron Prosor (Photo:Ambassador Ron Prosor/Twitter)
Jerusalem supports Ukraine in its defense against the full-scale Russian invasion much more than the public knows, Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, said in an interview with German newspaper Funke Mediengruppe, German public broadcaster DW reported on Jan. 28.
Prosor called for understanding of his country’s reserved position on this issue.
“We have got Russians in Syria,” the Israeli ambassador explained.
“As you know, the Israeli army regularly stops the supply of weapons from Iran to Syria and Lebanon. Among them are Iranian drones and missiles that Russia uses in Ukraine.”
The ambassador cited the presence of a large Jewish community in Russia as the second reason why Israel is forced to act out of the public eye.
Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine, Michael Brodsky, had earlier said that Israel’s reserved approach in supporting Ukraine was a consequence of security agreements with Russia, which reportedly “cannot be overridden.”
On Oct. 23, 2022, U.S. newspaper The New York Times wrote that Jerusalem is secretly helping Kyiv with intelligence data, citing unnamed Ukrainian officials, particularly with intelligence that concerns Iranian-supplied kamikaze drones used by the Russian military.
The U.S. government has asked Israel to allow it to remove HAWK anti-aircraft missile stored in that country, in order to then transfer these missiles to Ukraine, U.S. news outlet Axios reported on Jan. 25. Israel has not officially denied the request, though all earlier requests for military aid have thus far been rebuffed.
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