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Israeli Defense Minister: Defense System Could Help Ukraine

By    |   Wednesday, 19 October 2022 10:21 AM EDT

Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that although his country will not send weapons to Ukraine, it could offer a system to warn of incoming missile strikes.

Gantz spoke to ambassadors from European Union nations Wednesday, a day after Ukraine said it would submit a formal request for Israeli air defense systems like Iron Dome.

Ukraine is in the eighth month of a war against Russia.

"As part of the expansion of aid and the supply of life-saving equipment, after a conversation with representatives from Ukraine, we applied for data that would allow us to assist in the construction and supply of a smart alert system like there is in Israel against aerial and other threats," Gantz said, The Times of Israel reported.

"Such a system will have advantages both in saving civilian lives and in targeting alerts and alarms to the relevant areas."

Israel's warning system uses radars and electrooptic devices to detect incoming launches, classify the size and the threat they represent, and pinpoint areas that are in danger, the Times reported.

Gantz again said Israel won't supply Israel with weapons despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's pleas.

"Israel conducts a policy of supporting Ukraine through humanitarian support, and the supply of life-saving systems and defensive equipment," Gantz said.

"However, I would like to emphasize that Israel will not transfer weapon systems to Ukraine due to a variety of operational considerations. We will continue to support Ukraine within our limitations, as we have done so far."

Israel has been hesitant to send weapons to Ukraine, fearing it could affect its sensitive ties with Russia, which has a large military presence in Syria.

Israel's air force has carried out hundreds of sorties in Syrian air space against alleged Iranian arms shipments.

A former Russian president and key ally to President Vladimir Putin warned Israel against sending weapons to Ukraine. Dmitry Medvedev, currently deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia, on Monday said that Israel would destroy its relations with Russia if it sent weapons to Ukraine.

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