BREAKING WORLD WAR III NEWS: ALON LIEL SAYS ISRAEL IS “BETRAYING” UKRAINE, AMERICA, and THE WEST. ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER BENNY GANTZ said that “ISRAEL IS REFUSING UKRAINE’S REQUEST FOR ISRAELI WEAPONRY TO SHIELD IT FROM RUSSIAN AIR ATTACKS.”

Alon Liel, former director-general of Israel’s foreign ministry, introduces his Syrian-American counterpart, Ibrahim Suleiman (unseen), at a press conference in Jerusalem on April 12, 2007. DAVID SILVERMAN/GETTY IMAGES

BREAKING WORLD WAR III NEWS: ALON LIEL SAYS ISRAEL IS “BETRAYING” UKRAINE, AMERICA, and THE WEST. ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER BENNY GANTZ said that “ISRAEL IS REFUSING UKRAINE’S REQUEST FOR ISRAELI WEAPONRY TO SHIELD IT FROM RUSSIAN AIR ATTACKS.” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, says, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is absolutely right and SHOULD NOT CHANGE COURSE particularly since one of the greatest Jews living today, Dr. Henry Kissinger, has told his Ukrainian churchillian fellow Jew, President Zelenskyy, and others, the way out of this destructive mess. 

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Alon Liel discusses the lack of arms for Ukraine and the long-term damage accommodating Moscow could do.

A day after Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that Israel is refusing Ukraine’s request for Israeli weaponry to shield it from Russian air attacks, many experts in the United States and Europe are irate with Israel’s decision, which left it a rare outlier among Western countries.

Russian leaders had recently put pressure on Israel to avoid arming Ukraine, especially with air defense capabilities, and Israel’s defense establishment argues that it needs Russian cooperation to ensure a free hand in bombing Hezbollah-bound arms shipments from Syria. Israel also wants to ensure unhindered emigration and freedom from maltreatment for Russian Jews.

But Alon Liel, the former director-general of Israel’s foreign ministry, criticized the decision in an interview with Foreign Policy, saying Israel is “betraying” its Western allies. Liel, a veteran of more than 30 years in Israel’s foreign service, teaches diplomacy and international relations at Reichman University in Herzliya, Israel.

The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Foreign Policy: Why won’t Israel provide Ukraine with air defense systems?

Alon Liel: Almost from day one, the Israeli decision-making toward this war was very selfish. Israel only looked at its own angle. At the beginning, it was considerations regarding Syria. Then it was considerations regarding the Jewish community in Russia, and then considerations regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran.

When Yair Lapid took over as prime minister [in July] from Naftali Bennett, he took a more moral approach and made some changes, mostly by supplying helmets and minor defensive equipment, which angered the Russians. We will have to see what Lapid does if he wins the elections [on Nov. 1]. The issue is controversial in Israel. Most of the public supports Ukraine, but the politicians are pressured by the security establishment, which made air superiority in Syria the dominant consideration.

FP: Does the security establishment have too much say in this matter?

AL: Yes, we have lacked an overview specifying that we are part of the West and will stay part of the West and that we should be loyal to the Western camp and contribute to the Western effort. Generals see things from a very narrow military angle while the politicians should have a wider, more flexible view.

FP: Do you think moral considerations should be a factor in the decision-making given that we are talking about a country that was invaded?

Source: FP, Ben Lynfield

To read more, click here: https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/10/20/israel-diplomat-russia-ukraine-west-weapons/

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