They consult with the US.
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Israel is increasingly concerned about the “dangerous proximity” between Russia and Iran amid the supply of Iranian drones to attack Ukraine.
Prime Minister of Israel Yair Lapid stated this in an interview The Jerusalem Post.
“Part of the work we’re doing is related to the very dangerous proximity that’s being created between Russia and Iran. It’s not something we’re going to ignore or do nothing … so we need to review the situation every day and respond,” he said. Lapid.
The Prime Minister said that Israel is conducting close consultations with the USA. He also recently spoke with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba.
To the question of what prevents Israel from providing Ukraine with anti-missile defense systems, Lapid answered that he was “balancing two considerations.”
“First, we are on the side of Ukraine. We support them. We just voted in the UN, declaring to the world that we will never accept the annexation of four regions. We are still the only country in the world that built a field hospital in Ukraine,” he said.
Another consideration is to ensure the continued protection of Israel’s national security interests.
“We will actively support Ukraine and take into account Israel’s national security interests,” he added.
Lapid also said that the supply of Iranian drones and other weapons to Russia is further evidence that a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is not sustainable.
Israel’s position in the war
As you know, Israel has condemned Russia’s actions since the beginning of the Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In addition, they did not recognize the annexation of the occupied territories of Ukraine.
At the beginning of the war, Israel suspended the visa-free regime with Ukraine. At that time, the Ukrainian authorities said that they were considering the possibility of introducing retaliatory measures for Israeli citizens.
In September, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that Israel exports its weapons to other countries, but did not help Ukraine.
On October 16, Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs Nahman Shai advocated providing military aid to Ukraine.
Later, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, said that Ukraine would send Israel an official note on the provision of an air defense system.
On October 21, Prime Minister of Israel Yair Lapid announced that they will not transfer weapons to Ukraine. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that Israel will help Ukraine develop an early warning system about a missile attack.
Today, Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Israel to decide whether it is with the democratic world or closes its eyes to Russian terror.
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