Ukraine wants Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which if it happens will cause big trouble for Russia.
Ukraine wants Israel to donate Iron Dome missile defense systems after it was reported that Iran would transfer more offensive weapons to Russia.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Nachman Shai recently tweeted that the country should support and support Ukraine directly, soon after a letter from Kyiv officially asked Tel Aviv to support air defense systems to help. protection from Iranian ballistic missiles.
The letter, sent by the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel, describes how Russia has changed its tactics and is now relying on the use of medium and long-range missiles provided by Iran, so Kyiv is in dire need of interceptor weapons like Iron Dome.
Ukraine also informed the Israeli Foreign Ministry that Russia is using Iranian-made drones to target energy infrastructure and large-scale attacks on large cities.
“According to the available information, it is highly likely that the Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar ballistic missiles that the armed forces of the Russian Federation are using were delivered from Iran,” Ukraine’s letter reads.
“In this regard, in order to ensure the protection of civilians from the threat of enemy offensive weapons, Ukraine makes a formal request to Israel to begin cooperation in the field of air defense/missile defense”.
The letter goes on to express interest in receiving from Israel in “the fastest possible condition”, several air defense systems including Iron Beam, Barak-8, Patriot, Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow- 3.
Ukraine also wishes that if Israel decides to supply weapons, Israeli soldiers will also conduct training for the Armed Forces of Ukraine to ensure that the military equipment can be used most effectively.
Although Ukraine needs to immediately strengthen its air defenses and despite a suggestion from the Israeli Foreign Minister that the country should openly side with Ukraine, the chances still seem slim.
Anonymous sources from the Israeli government told several Hebrew-language news agencies on October 19, 2022, that the comments did not reflect the country’s position and that no pro-Ukrainian statements were made during the meeting. last week.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz also confirmed on October 20, 2022, that Israel does not intend to assist Ukraine in its conflict with Russia by providing lethal weapons.
Instead of the Iron Dome as requested, Israel intends to help Ukraine create an intelligent system that can warn people about incoming missiles – a complex similar to the equipment being used by Tel Aviv today.
Notably, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev – who holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Federal Security Council has said that Russia will immediately cut off all diplomatic relations with Israel if Tel Aviv chooses to side with Ukraine.
“It seems that Israel will supply weapons to the Ukrainian authorities. A very reckless move,” Medvedev said on Telegram: “This will destroy all diplomatic relations between our two countries.”