the president of Israel said Tuesday that it was sharing intelligence information with USA to prove that Iran supplied drones operated by Russia that have caused destruction in Ukraineand asked for a harsh response.
The United States and the European Union have already reached a similar conclusion, but Israel has been pushing for strong action against the clerical state of Iran, which it sees as its greatest threat.
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The Israeli President, isaac herzogwho has a largely ceremonial role, met with the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinkenon a visit to Washington in which on Wednesday he will be received by the president Joe Biden.
“Iranian weapons play a key role in destabilizing our world, and the international community must learn their lessons, now and in the future.”Herzog said. “The world must speak with Iran in the same language: a tough, united and uncompromising language”.
Herzog’s office said in a statement that it would share images assessed by Israel showing similarities between drones shot down in Ukraine and parts that were tested in Iran in December 2021, and displayed at an exhibition in Iran in 2014.
Blinken, at the beginning of a meeting with Herzog, said that the United States and Israel were “united against the dangerous, destabilizing and terrorist actions that Iran is taking.”
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“Iran’s supply of drones to Russia to enable further aggression against Ukraine and the Ukrainian people is showing dire results in Ukraine”Blinken said.
The US Secretary of State also weighed in on the violence in West Bank occupied, where on Tuesday six Palestinians were killed and a score wounded in various operations by Israeli forces.
“We urge everyone to take the necessary measures to try to reduce that violence and avoid actions or statements that could incite it,” Blinken said.
Herzog’s visit comes days before Israel’s fifth election in less than four years, in which hardline former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had strained relations with Democratic US administrations, seeks to return to power. .
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Despite the findings about Iranian drones, Israel has been cautious about supporting Ukraine, considering Russia’s active military role in neighboring Syria.
Israel has been unwilling to provide Ukraine with the Iron Dome, its state-of-the-art air shield developed with the United States.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyspeaking before an Israeli forum on Monday, said Russia had ordered 2,000 drones from Iran and urged Israel to “help Ukraine really”.
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