Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post newspaper that Israel fears supplying weapons to Ukraine because it might fall into the hands of the Russians and then Iran.
He said, “I think Israel is in a strange situation that is different from Poland, Germany, France or any of the Western countries that are helping Ukraine.
First of all, we have a military border with Russia. Our pilots fly next to the Russian pilots over the skies of Syria. And I think it’s important that we maintain our freedom of action against Iran’s attempts to position itself militarily on our northern border.
Secondly, we also have concerns that any systems we give to Ukraine will be used against us because they could fall into the hands of the Iranians and be used against us. And by the way, this is not a theoretical possibility. It has already happened with the Western anti-tank weapons that we now find on our borders. So we have to be very careful here.”
Netanyahu described Israel’s approach to aiding Ukraine as “balanced” and believes it is correct. According to him, Western heads of state “are aware that Israel’s situation is different from that of any of them.”