We are waiting for the elections: the Ukrainian ambassador said when Israel will begin to help Ukraine more
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According to Yevhen Korniychuk, Ukraine overestimated the possibility of Israeli military assistance, since their production capacity does not imply large exports.
side of Israel, but only after elections are held there. The diplomat explained this by saying that the coalition government of Israel consists of eight parties that constantly criticize each other, including regarding the Russian-Ukrainian war.
“Now they have an election campaign, the elections will be held in 10 days. In fact, this is an election race, here all politicians are forced to express their position on Russia's war against Ukraine,” Korniychuk said.
According to him, most Israelis are unconditionally on the side of Ukraine, however, this, unfortunately, does not have much influence on politicians.
“Left parties are more supportive of Ukraine, right-wing parties are taking a more cautious position,” the diplomat said.< /p>
Korniychuk also noted that on October 20, telephone conversations between Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz, as well as between Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, should take place. The ambassador believes that Lapid takes a pro-Ukrainian position, but, having no majority in the Cabinet, he cannot make individual decisions on Ukraine.
“There is a great hope that after the formation of a new government, Israel will help Ukraine much more and with exactly the systems that interest us. Unfortunately, this will also take time, since this is a small country that is focused on its own interests,” the ambassador said.
At the same time, Korniychuk stressed that Ukraine overestimates the importance of Israel's military support, since their production facilities are not designed for large export volumes. Therefore, it is not worth expecting that a change in the situation in Israel will lead to immediate big assistance to Ukraine, summed up the Ukrainian diplomat.
At the same time, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the supply of Israeli weapons to Ukraine is associated with certain danger. According to him, there is a threat that these weapons may eventually fall into the hands of Iran.
On October 19, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that no Israeli weapons were sold to Ukraine. According to him, Israel provided only humanitarian and medical assistance, but there were no arms deliveries.