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According to Israeli news outlet Haaretz, Israel has bolstered its intelligence assistance with Ukraine through NATO, with Tel Aviv eager to continue providing aid to Kiev.
This decision illustrates Israel’s willingness to enhance its cooperation with Ukraine despite Tel Aviv’s alleged neutrality in the Russia-Ukraine conflict since its beginning in February.
Political experts suggest that the catalyst for Israel’s decision to share intelligence with Ukraine is accredited to Iran’s increase in providing military assistance to Russia. Israeli sources have said that “Iran’s decision to increase its military cooperation with Russia is a strategic mistake.”
The Israeli military official told Haaretz that Tehran’s decision to provide drones to Moscow was a poor decison and “the best thing that could have happened to Israel-NATO relations.”
This comes after Israel was excluded from a solidarity conference for Ukraine in Paris, aimed at gathering support from the international community to assist in rebuilding Ukraine’s infrastructure, a few days prior.
The conference included delegates from the US, Turkiye, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, with experts suggesting that the exclusion came as a response to Israel’s repeated refusal to supply air-defense systems and Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries to Ukraine.
Outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has reiterated that Tel Aviv does not have the production capabilities to provide Kiev with its defenses. However, this decision may have been influenced by Russia’s threats to Israel, saying that military aid sent to Ukraine would result in severe repercussions.
In addition to Israel’s exclusion from the conference, Kiev voted in favor of a UN investigation in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
The resolution was titled “Israeli practices and settlement activities affecting the rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories,” ultimately hindering Israel-Ukraine relations.
Yevgen Korniychuk, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel, was scolded by Tel Aviv, and said that Israel was dissatisfied with Ukraine’s vote. The Israeli Foreign Ministry stated: “It was clarified to the ambassador that this behavior does not embody friendly behavior.”