Zelensky demands “Iron Dome” from Israelis

The Ukrainian president spoke with Knesset on Sunday. In particular, he sought to benefit from the world’s most efficient Israeli missile defense system.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was invited to speak in front of the Israeli parliament on Sunday, March 20, criticizing the neutrality adopted by the Jewish state since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.Therefore, he went to IsraelMake a choice“In particular, I regret that Israel has not yet participated in international sanctions against Russia. Zelensky also repeated his request for the supply of weapons to repel Russian troops, but this time to MPs. Explicitly specified his request for. Jerusalem Post He wants the Ukrainian army to equip the Iron Dome.Iron DomeIt is one of the most sophisticated missile defense systems to date, and has escaped many Israeli deaths since 2011, thanks to the numerous artillery interceptions by Hamas from Gaza.

Iron Dome is a mobile system developed by Israel with the support of the United States to combat projectiles such as rockets and shells. According to its manufacturer, it can shoot down machines in a range of up to 70 km, in rain, low clouds or fog, in flight, day or night, regardless of weather conditions. In Israel, the first battery was installed in March 2011 in Beersheba, the capital of the Negev desert, 40 km from the Gaza Strip. Later, other batteries were deployed, especially near the cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod, near the town of Netivot, 20 km south of Tel Aviv, as well as on the border between Lebanon and Syria.

Each battery contains detection and tracking radar, fire control software, and three launchers, each equipped with 20 interceptor missiles. And if it first took a skeptical view of its effectiveness, the missile defense shield then intercepted thousands of Palestinian rockets from the Gaza strip. The use of such a system by Ukrainians is certainly far more effective than the use of its old Soviet batteries and to counter the Russian strikes already pointed out in their modernity and variety. Obviously inappropriate (until the use confirmed by Moscow, ultrasonic missiles, techniques learned only by Russia)-and above all, it has already been partially destroyed by the Russians. Sure, Ukraine probably received a surface-to-air Stinger missile, but I have to say that so far it couldn’t prevent an attack on Russia’s soil.

So is Israel ready to equip Ukrainians with this technical gem, which has become one of the symbols of Israel’s military superiority over invaders? So far, it’s not that certain.

Israel on the ridge

On the other hand, Zelensky’s speech to Israel was not pleasing to everyone, so he explained the situation in Ukraine as a vocabulary borrowed directly from the history of the Holocaust, as well as his sharp criticism of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Where the use caused high disapproval.

On the other hand, and above all, Israel’s attitude since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine seems to be even more subtle than that of other Western nations, and the government of the Jewish state remains on the ridge with the Russians. I’m trying to get it. After initially hesitating to openly criticize Russia’s aggression, Israel finally decided to vote at the United Nations to condemn the aggression under pressure from US allies. However, the Israelis want to remain neutral and avoid any business that could attract the Kremlin’s wrath as much as possible. Meanwhile, the Israelites intend to continue to fight the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, accusing him of complacency against Iran’s enemies and regularly attacking with air bombs, so he is close to the Russian army. Has been in Syria since 2015 to avoid duplication between actions performed by each of the two states on the fly. Israel, on the other hand, does not want to pose a small risk to the large Jewish community that exists in Russia. And rather dream in the role of an intermediary.

Therefore, if Israel provides humanitarian aid to Ukraine, even the supply of weapons is unquestionable at this stage of sending Zelensky’s military aid. Israel was late in accepting Ukrainian refugees on the land. Israeli media claims that Ukraine has already requested Iron Dome through Americans for at least a year. Until now, Americans have not been able to persuade the government of the Jewish state. Officially, the debate is questionable because the anti-missile system is the result of cooperation between the US and Israeli defense industries and cannot be sold to third countries: in fact, Iron Dome already has a strategic view in Israel. Several countries in line with one’s view, especially Azerbaijan, which is already using it to protect itself from the Russians, and perhaps soon the United Arab Emirates, were threatened by a fire in Iran.

To convince Israel to provide this decisive weapon to the Ukrainians, Americans can try to provide a guarantee. Especially to ensure that the security of Israelis on the Russian front is not affected. But why does the Jewish state provide Ukraine with the flagship of its defense technology, even if the Europeans are not far from Russia’s gas? In addition, Jerusalem claims that the installation of missile batteries and, above all, the training required to use them, is time consuming. Therefore, in the short term, this does not affect the conflict.

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