Netanyahu says Israel has made no decision on supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine

11 April, 10:25 AM
Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo:REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo:REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Israel has not taken any decisions regarding the delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine, the Times of Israel online newspaper quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying on April 10.

Addressing reports of leaked U.S. intelligence saying Israel could provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, Netanyahu said, “I don’t know what the basis of those reports is.”

“We’ve decided to help them in humanitarian matters, civil defense, the red alert (system) — things of that nature,” he said.

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“(There has been) no decision about lethal weaponry… I’ll do what I can, if I can, to help resolve this conflict.”

Netanyahu also claimed that European leaders with whom he has recently met say positive things to him in private, but speak differently when the media is present.

One of the leaked U.S. documents stated that the United States was considering scenarios under which Israel could transfer lethal weapons to Ukraine.

In particular, the document, dated Feb. 28, states that the country undertakes to provide Kyiv with intelligence and non-lethal defense systems, “while working to preserve Israel’s freedom of action in Syria, balancing between the United States and Russia.”

It is also noted that Israel is likely to consider providing lethal aid to Ukraine if the pressure from the United States increases or if relations with Russia deteriorate.

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