Ukraine complains about Israeli hold-up on defensive equipment

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk today expressed frustration over Jerusalem’s alleged refusal to approve the transfer of the Spike SR anti-tank guided missile system from Germany to Ukraine.

Addressing a press conference, Korniychuk said: “Last week, as far as I know for sure, the Americans allowed the transfer of anti-tank missiles from Germany to Ukraine and Israel said no. “

The Spike SR system is produced in Germany in an Israeli-owned factory, with Israeli technology. The terms of the license require Israel to give the green light to any transfer of the systems. The fifth generation of this system has been sold to several European NATO members. It can destroy long-range targets with pinpoint accuracy.

During the press conference, the ambassador accused Israel of paying lip service to the defense of Ukrainians without offering concrete help for their protection, saying: “While Russia is slaughtering our citizens, the Israeli government remains in its “comfort zone” and refrains from providing Ukraine with minimal defensive assistance. We ask Israel for defense in the form of an “iron dome” and similar defensive tools. As Israel protects the residents of the Gaza Strip from Hamas fire, we must protect our citizens – women, children and men. The residents of Israel show us love and sympathy. The government also shows empathy in its rhetoric, but when it comes to actions, it is something else.

In addition to the request for anti-tank systems, the ambassador complained that Israel had not kept its promise of protective equipment, stating: “We asked to receive protective helmets and protective vests and received about 10% of what we asked for”. He continued: “We are asking Israel to accept ex-soldiers whose limbs have been amputated to fit them with prostheses and Israel is delaying. There is no more humanitarian aid than that.”

Korniychuk was referring to an April 20 statement from the Israeli Defense Ministry after a phone call between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Reznikov, saying, “In light of the request from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, [Gantz] approved the purchase of protective equipment of helmets and vests, which will be transferred to the Ukrainian rescue forces and civilian organizations. beware of Moscow’s wrath.

Yesterday, the US Department of Justice authorized the seizure of a Boeing 787-8 and a Gulfstream G650ER jet belonging to Israeli-Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Israel has taken its time in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has yet to adhere to Western sanctions against Russian businessmen. Europe and the United States consider supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A list of Israel’s richest citizens published today by The Marker includes Abramovich.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck yesterday. One of the issues they discussed was energy collaborations, as Europe tries to secure alternative energy supplies. Israel has been negotiating in recent weeks with European institutions on the possibility of exporting Israeli natural gas via Egypt. Israeli diplomats recently told Al-Monitor that negotiations are progressing well and a deal could be reached in the near future.

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