Tel Aviv’s support for Kiev does not include the use of weapons systems or other armaments, according to Israel’s justice minister, and this stance won’t change.
Despite the request for arms from Kiev from Israeli Foreign Minister Nachman Shai, Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Saar declared on October 18 that Israel will not arm Ukraine.
Ukraine has regularly petitioned Israel over the subject of military sales, and it plans to do so again in the coming days.
According to the Haaretz newspaper, Minister Saar stated on 18/10 that “our support for Ukraine does not involve weapons systems and equipment” and that his attitude has not changed.
Accusing Iran of providing ballistic missiles to Russia, Shai stated on October 16 that it was “time for Ukraine to get military aid” from Israel. Iran maintains that the accusation is “baseless” and that none of the participants to the conflict are receiving any of its weapons.
Moscow was incensed by the statement made by Minister Shai. The vice-chairman of Russia’s Security Council and former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev warned that Israel’s military assistance to Ukraine would “destroy all diplomatic relations” between the two nations. Israel appears to have made the decision to arm Kiev. This is a really careless choice that will harm all international relations, Medvedev stated on a Telegram channel.
Tel Aviv’s declaration that it will provide Ukraine with weapons also sparked a surge of unrest within Israel. The Times of Israel was informed by official sources that Shai’s remarks did not represent government policy and that Israel had no plans to arm Ukraine.
Additionally, Israel turned down Ukraine’s Monday request for a phone contact to be set up between Alexey Reznikov, the Ukrainian defence minister, and Benny Gantz, the Israeli defence minister.
Kiev, however, is not deterred. Dmitry Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, announced on October 18 that his nation would officially request anti-aircraft weapons from Israel. Israel has been urged by Ukraine to provide funding for these systems for months. Last month, President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his disbelief at Tel Aviv’s denial and its claims that the Israeli leadership was “under Russian influence” to French media.
Yevgen Korniychuk, the ambassador of Ukraine to Israel, has been pleading with Tel Aviv to sell Ukraine the Iron Dome air defence system so that it can deal with Russia since June of this year. A new late-stage missile defence interceptor complex named Stunner, which can intercept missiles and rockets at a range of 40 to 200 kilometres, serves as the centrepiece of the multi-layered air defence system known as Iron Dome. Iron Dome not only shoots down missiles but also artillery, mortars, helicopters, planes, and drones. It develops a protective shield around the deployed area that is made to withstand numerous dangers day and night and in any kind of weather.
Israel decries Russia’s military activity in Ukraine, but as Israeli aeroplanes frequently carry out airstrikes, the country’s access to weapons rests on its diplomatic relations with Moscow. airstrikes in Syria, where Russia has airspace control.
Israeli media stated that Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid would speak to FM Ukraine radio on October 20 about his request shortly after Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba’s remark. A senior security official, however, told the Ynet news site that it is doubtful that the conversation will alter Israel’s stance.