Israel announced that it is considering giving military aid to Ukraine to counter the Russian offensive.
The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu assured this Wednesday that he is considering delivering military aid to Ukraine and serve as a mediator, after USA asked for a more active commitment.
Netanyahu has not made firm commitments to Ukraine and Israel maintains its relationship with Russiawho controls the skies in the neighboring Syria and has ignored the Israeli bombardments against targets of Iran.
In an interview with the network CNNNetanyahu indicated that he is “considering” providing assistance to Ukraine and commented that “The United States took a large part of the Israeli ammunition and gave it to Ukraine”.
“Israel also, frankly, acts in ways that I will not detail here against Iran’s production of weapons, which are used against Ukraine,” he added.
Netanyahu stressed that he is willing to mediate if USA and the parties request it.
“I’ve been around long enough to know that there must be a right time and right circumstances. If they come up I will certainly consider it,” she said.
The Israeli Foreign Minister, Eli Cohenhe told the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenwho would travel to Ukraine to reopen its embassy.
Naftali BennettNetanyahu’s predecessor, made a surprise visit to Moscow to mediate with the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Bennett managed to convey Putin’s messages to the Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelenskybut failed to arrange direct negotiations.
Netanyahu also offered this Tuesday talks with the Palestinians “once the Arab-Israeli conflict ends”.
“When the Arab-Israeli conflict does (come) to an end, I believe that we will return to the Palestinians and achieve a viable peace with them,” he said.
“I am certainly willing for them to have all the powers they need to govern themselves. But none of the powers that could threaten us,” said the prime minister.
Israel’s prime minister cited the “Abraham Accords”, which allowed the normalization of relations between Israel and several Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.
“I went directly to the Arab states and forged a new concept of peace. I formed four historic peace agreements, the Abraham Accords, which is twice as many peace agreements as all my predecessors in 70 years,” Netanyahu said.
The agreements were signed in 2020 with the mediation of the US Administration of donald trump and since then the Israeli authorities have assured that there are several countries in the region that are considering joining them, amid criticism from the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian factions.
The statements of Netanyahu take place, a month after his return to power, in the midst of an escalation of tensions in recent days, since last week there were attacks against israelis in jerusalemafter the israeli army killed a dozen Palestinians in a raid in the West Bank city of Jeninincluding at least one civilian woman.
Last Tuesday, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenmet with the Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbasto whom he conveyed his concern for the future of his people and urged stop violence with israelafter several days of sharp escalation of tension in the region.
“What we are seeing now is that the horizon for the Palestinians is shrinking, when it should be expanding, and that is something that needs to change,” Blinken said in joint statements after the meeting.
“In the first instance, we believe that it is important to take measures to de-escalate, stop the violence to reduce tensions and try to create the foundations for a more positive future”, he added.
The secretary of state defended a two-state solution to the conflict as the only way for Israelis and Palestinians to obtain “democracy, opportunity and dignity” in equal measure.
On this issue, he said that The United States opposes “any action by either party that would make that objective more difficult to achieve.”r, more distant”.
In turn, he detailed a series of problematic policies, especially of the Israeli government, such as the expansion and legalization of settlements in the West Bank, demolitions and evictions of homes, and alterations of the status quo in holy places.
(With information from Europa Press, AFP and EFE)