Report: Israel PM Naftali Bennett Refused Ukrainian Request for Military Aid

( Ukraine is really struggling to get military help as Russia continues to invade the country, with most of the Western world too concerned about the possibility of initiating a war between Russia and the West. Such an escalation could ultimately result in a nuclear conflict, and apparently, Israel has the same concerns.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has officially declined a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to provide military assistance to the country as it continues to fight off Russian invaders in its major cities.

The Kan public broadcaster reported that Zelenskyy had requested “assistance with military implements and weapons,” but that Israel responded with “diplomatic politeness” and effectively refused the request.

Israel is an ally of both Ukraine and Russia, making a decision to intervene in the war particularly difficult for the country. It may be seen as an act of war against Russia, or it may simply result in the severing of diplomatic ties between Russia and Israel. As the only real democracy in the Middle East, Israel certainly can’t afford to lose any allies right now.

Russia also has a heavy military presence in Syria and Israeli coordinates military strikes against Iranian forces in Syria with Moscow.

Zelenskyy also requested that Bennett would serve as an intermediary between Russia and Ukraine in peace talks, and the Ukrainian ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk, told the New York Times that the country believes Israel is the “only democratic state in the world that has great relations with Ukraine and Russia.

The idea was reportedly put to Russian President Vladimir Putin by Bennett in a phone call on Sunday. Putin reportedly responded by saying that he had sent a Russian peace delegation to Gomel, located in south Belarus, to initiate talks.