In a change of policy, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen authorized the sale of defensive weapons to Ukraine.
Jerusalem approved export licenses for two Israeli companies to sell electronic warfare systems with a range of some 40 kilometers (25 miles) that could be used to defend against drone attacks.
“Israel is assisting Ukraine in the defense and civilian fields. Every request is being reviewed according to the defense export policy to Ukraine. We won’t elaborate on that for national security and foreign policy considerations,” the Defense Ministry said.
Russia has continued to sour in its relations with Jerusalem over the latter’s seeming movement towards the Western block on Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly warned Israel not to arm Ukraine. With its coming presidency over the Security Council, Russia could pose a real risk to Israel in both Syria and the arab disputes in relation to its heartland.