Israel summoned the Ukrainian ambassador on 15 November over Kiev’s recent vote for an International Court of Justice investigation into Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
Ukraine voted against Israel at the UN General Assembly Fourth Committee last Friday in a resolution titled “Israeli practices and settlement activities affecting the rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories,” straining the relationship between the two countries.
The resolution urges that The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) “renders an advisory opinion” on the subject as soon as possible. The General Assembly plenary will likely vote to approve the resolution next month.
Yevgen Korniychuk, Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel, stated that Israel was dissatisfied with his country’s decision to vote in favor of the resolution.
Meanwhile, Israel’s foreign ministry said: “It was clarified to the ambassador that this behavior does not embody friendly behavior.”
Ukraine’s vote is considered a tit-for-tat, following Israel’s abstention during the UN General Assembly vote regarding Russia’s reparation payments to Ukraine.
Israel has been walking a fine line in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to avoid further strain on its relationship with the Russian Federation.
However, while Israel avoided providing Ukraine with weapons, it has admitted to providing the country with necessary intelligence on the battlefield and reportedly supplied the Israeli-made Gaia Amir MRAP armored vehicles, which were spotted near Kherson in service of the Ukrainian army.
A Russian Telegram channel released a video showing one of the vehicles being targeted and destroyed by a Lancet suicide missile following the Russian army’s withdrawal from Kherson.
Israel previously stated that due to “operational restrictions,” it could not transfer weapons to Ukraine but has repeatedly supplied the war-torn country with humanitarian aid and even early warning systems.
However, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently stressed that Tel Aviv does not have the production capabilities to provide Ukraine with air defense systems after months of Ukrainian officials pressing Israel for its Iron Dome defense system.
Russia stated that any Israeli military aid to Ukraine would meet severe repercussions.
“It seems Israel is preparing to supply the Kiev regime with weapons. It is a very reckless move. It will destroy all bilateral relations between our two countries,” Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, said on 14 November.
Despite Moscow’s public warnings, Israel has already been supplying Ukraine with non-lethal aid, including military equipment, satellite imagery, and, allegedly, missile defense systems sold by a private army contractor via a Polish intermediary.