Israel rejects US request for Hawk missiles in aid to Ukraine

Streaming HUBJanuary 26, 2023

Israel on Wednesday rejected a US request to send Hawk missiles to Ukraine as Washington seeks to bolster Kyiv’s defenses ahead of a possible Russian attack.

The Biden administration asked for old Hawk anti-aircraft missiles, which had been in storage in Jerusalem, as air defense remains a top priority for Ukraine, Axios first reported.

A spokesman for Israel’s Defense Ministry told Fox News, “The policy of the security echelon has not changed.” “Each request is checked on a quality basis. Beyond that, we don’t mention additional details.”

An Israeli anti-aircraft Hawk missile battery is targeting Iraq.

An Israeli anti-aircraft Hawk missile battery is targeting Iraq.
(David Rubinger / Corbis / Corbis via Getty Images)

US transfers military weapons stockpile from Israel to Ukraine

The rejection of the request comes just a week after the US said it had transferred thousands of artillery shells from arms stockpiles in Israel to Ukraine and said it would take similar steps in South Korea.

One official told Fox News that the US is “looking under every rock” for ammunition.

Both Israel and South Korea have vowed not to provide lethal aid to Ukraine, and neither country has broken that promise – though some fear Russia may argue that allowing the US to remove weapons from its stockpile would help. joins, some reports suggested earlier this month.

Israel’s recently appointed foreign minister, Eli Cohen, had a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in early January and suggested that Jerusalem was pursuing a policy shift when it came to diplomatic relations with Moscow. Also took issue with the new Netanyahu administration.

In February 2022, Lavrov was contacted by an active Israeli foreign minister for the first time since the start of the war in Ukraine.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem on January 2, 2023.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem on January 2, 2023.
(Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Handout / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Ukraine condemns Israel, Russia chat and suggests ‘policy change’ amid Netanyahu’s new administration

Israel’s silence when it comes to condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine has led to a diplomatic rift between the two countries, even though, off the campaign trail, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that Israel under his administration Kyiv may be ready to send more humanitarian aid.

The suggestion appears to hinge on Ukraine’s stance when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

Netanyahu sought to strengthen Kyiv’s alliance with Jerusalem when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reject a UN resolution this month asking the International Court of Justice to issue a legal opinion on the effects of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. was asked to provide.

Zelensky pushed back and asked for guarantees of air support from Israel to deter Russian attacks, which Netanyahu reportedly said he would consider.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a meeting with military officials during a visit to the war-torn Mykolaiv region on June 18, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a meeting with military officials while visiting the war-torn Mykolaiv region on June 18, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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The Ukrainian leader was apparently not convinced by the non-committal answer and instead instructed his UN diplomat not to attend the vote – a move that bypassed Netanyahu’s request.

Netanyahu was reportedly disappointed with the decision.

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