UKRAINE - Anti-UAV Systems Delivered from Israel

Arno Froese

Just about the time Iranian drones supplied to Russia began appearing in the skies over Ukraine, press reports surfaced purporting a company in Israel is moving to step around the nation’s formal refusal to take sides in the conflict by ushering anti-UAV defense systems to Kyiv using Poland as an intermediary.

The timing of the reported transaction and appearance of Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones flown by Russia in the war is almost certainly coincidental, but the significance of Israel’s inaction to stop the transfer of the anti-UAV tech to Ukraine could be significant.

In addition to preserving its wider diplomatic ties to Moscow, Israel particularly wants to avoid jeopardizing what thus far has been the willingness of Russia’s military in Syria to permit Tel Aviv to strike Iranian proxies in the country. For that reason, Israel has largely limited its aid to Ukraine since the start of the war to non-combat material like helmets, flak jackets, and humanitarian supplies., 19 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

Israel finds itself in a difficult place. Pressured by Ukraine, which is supported by the West, the nation tries desperately to stay neutral. Why? Because the majority of Israel’s Jewish immigrants originate from the former Soviet Union. Israel does not forget that while the USA and UK had an arms embargo in 1947-48, it was the Soviet Union who supplied military weapons to the Jews via Czechoslovakia. It is also important for Israel to remember that the foundation of the State was built on communist agricultural communities—kibbutzim. Finally, the first country to officially recognize Israel as a State was the Soviet Union. Some may object and point to 14 May 1948. But the Truman Library writes, “On that same date, the United States, in the person of President Truman, recognized the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the new Jewish state (de jure recognition was extended on 31 January 1949).” Note, not the State of Israel.

Furthermore, it is Russia’s military that permits Israel to strike Iranian proxies in the country of Syria. Thus, to be anti-Russia for Israel means increased limitation to action against Iranian military targets in Syria.

These facts on the ground are often difficult to analyze. Not so, if we obtain our information from Holy Scripture. It does not really matter who does what, but rather what the Creator of heaven and earth—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has to say about Israel’s future. And there the good news is nearly inexhaustible. For example, Hosea 14:4-7: “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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