Israel Caves Into US Pressure, Agrees To Provide ‘Strategic Materials’ To Ukraine


Bowing to pressure from Washington, Israel has reportedly agreed to provide Ukraine with unspecified “strategic materials” worth millions of dollars.

According to a report in The Times of Israel, the decision comes after the Biden administration insisted that Jerusalem join NATO members to do much more than just provide humanitarian aid.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which originally reported the development, citing three senior European diplomats speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Washington wanted Jerusalem to supply Ukraine with anti-aircraft batteries.

However, following deliberations between the two governments and within the Israeli security establishment, Jerusalem eventually agreed to fund unspecified strategic materials instead. The report said Israel had asked all the parties involved in the deal not to disclose its details. However, the nature of the strategic material is known to Haaretz, the report added.

The European officials also told Haaretz that the Israeli defense ministry had also eased guidelines allowing NATO member countries such as the U.K. to provide Ukraine with weapons systems that use Israeli components like electro-optical and fire-control systems.

Although Israel has publicly condemned Russia’s invasion and sided with Western allies, Jerusalem has shied away from providing Ukraine with military equipment and weapons. This is despite Kyiv’s requests for the supply of air defense equipment with a particular interest shown in the Iron Beam, Barak-8, Patriot, Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow Interceptor. Jerusalem has restricted itself to providing Kyiv with humanitarian aid, including helmets and bulletproof vests for medical teams.

The Israeli refusal to provide Ukraine military aid, citing limitations and operational considerations, is driven by Jerusalem’s own strategic security interests in Syria. Russia holds influence in Syria and Israel fears that the supply of weapons to Kyiv will anger Moscow.

The Haaretz report added that the Israeli government’s decision to fund the strategic material was a one-off agreement approved by Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, leaving its continuation for the new government of Benjamin Netanyahu to decide. According to the report, the shift in Israel’s position was driven by Iran’s decision to supply drones and missiles to Russia.

As reported Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Netanyahu agreed to “consider” Kyiv’s request for its much-needed air defense systems. Before the elections, Netanyahu said in an interview with USA TODAY that if elected to power, he would “look into” whether Israel could supply weapons to Ukraine.





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Portugal Masters: England’s Jordan Smith closing in first win since 2017


Jordan Smith is two shots clear of Gavin Green heading into the final round of the Portugal Masters; “I’m just going to go out there and play the attacking golf that I’ve done the last three days, hitting driver everywhere and taking advantage of the soft greens”

Last Updated: 29/10/22 8:08pm


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Highlights from round three of the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura

Highlights from round three of the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura

England’s Jordan Smith will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters as he goes in search of his first win since 2017.

The 29-year-old remains on course for a wire-to-wire victory at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course after carding a spectacular eagle, eight birdies and one bogey on Saturday to get to 22 under par – his best 54-hole total on the DP World Tour.

Smith carded a 62 for the second time this week, having also achieved the feat on Thursday, and looked on course to go even lower before a closing bogey meant he had to settle for just a two-shot buffer.

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His nearest challenger was fellow halfway co-leader Gavin Green, who managed to prevent the in-form Englishman from running away with things as he made an eagle, six birdies and a solitary bogey in his 64.

Green was then three clear of third-placed Sebastian Heisele, who is preparing to play his last round on Sunday ahead of his retirement from playing.

Smith made a hat-trick of birdies at the second, third and fourth before taking advantage of the par-three eighth to lead by two at the turn.

After making further gains on the 11th, 12th and 14th, Smith chipped in from the rough at the 15th for an eagle to move to 22 under.

A birdie on the 17th briefly moved Smith to 23 under before he bogeyed the last after sending his tee-shot into a fairway bunker.

An emotional Sebastian Heisele confirms that he will be retiring from the sport following the final round of the Portugal Masters

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An emotional Sebastian Heisele confirms that he will be retiring from the sport following the final round of the Portugal Masters

An emotional Sebastian Heisele confirms that he will be retiring from the sport following the final round of the Portugal Masters

He said: “I’m close to my best. If (the win) happens, then brilliant, it’s the cherry on the cake this year. If it doesn’t then there’s going to be another week when it might happen.

“I’m just going to go out there and play the attacking golf that I’ve done the last three days, hitting driver everywhere and taking advantage of the soft greens. If it happens, it happens.”

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