Netanyahu explains why his country does not provide weapons to Ukraine
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country cannot deliver weapons because of the difficult relations with Russia
He said this at a joint press conference with Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz on March 16, Ukrinform reports.
"We are offering Ukraine not only humanitarian aid but also help in civil defense," Netanyahu said.
He explained that this refers to early warning systems for air threats. Israel, according to the prime minister, has very modern developments in this area, which reduce the risks to the population in case of an air attack. With the help of a mobile application that can be downloaded to a smartphone, people can get information about possible missile strike sites, which allows them to act quickly and effectively in such situations.
"We are moving ahead with that, and we are moving ahead in other ways," the prime minister assured.
Explaining the reason for the refusal to deliver weapons to Ukraine, he referred to a "difficult situation" for Tel Aviv. According to the agreement reached several years ago by the Israeli and Russian sides at the level of governments and armies, Israeli and Russian pilots fly near Syrian airspace, which prevents Iran from opening a "third front" for Israel. European countries do not have this problem, Netanyahu said.
"But within these restrictions, within these considerations, we are trying to provide humanitarian and defense support to Ukraine, which is also happening as we speak," he assured.
Chancellor Scholz, for his part, thanked Israel for the assistance it provides to Ukraine.
"Germany, Europe, Israel – we all stand firmly on the side of Ukraine," Scholz emphasized.