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Amid Increased Iranian Support to Russia, Israel Cautiously Increases Aid to Ukraine

MIN READNov 1, 2022 | 19:35 GMT

People demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 17, 2022, after the city was hit by swarms of drones sold by Iran to Russia, leaving at least three dead.

People demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 17, 2022, after the city was hit by swarms of drones sold by Iran to Russia, leaving at least three dead.

(SERGEI CHUZAVKOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel will increase civilian and intelligence aid to Ukraine as its rival Iran increases military support for Russia, feeding into the deterioration of overall Russo-Israeli ties that could result in economic and political retaliation. On Oct. 19, Israel said it will help Ukraine develop a ''red alert'' system to detect and warn civilians of incoming Russian missiles and drones, similar to the early-warning system Israel uses to prepare its own people for imminent air strikes. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said his country would still not provide Ukraine with any military hardware, despite repeated pleas from Kyiv for more advanced air defense systems (like Israel's Iron Dome system) to block repeated Russian strikes on critical Ukrainian infrastructure. But the announcement still marks a notable shift in Israel's approach to the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war, which has so far seen the Israeli government maintain a neutral stance for fear of provoking Russian...

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