In policy shift, Israel to send flak jackets and helmets to Ukraine


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In policy shift, Israel to send flak jackets and helmets to Ukraine
After speaking to his counterpart Oleksii Reznikov, Defense Minister Gantz says protective equipment will be provided to civilian rescue and medical forces, though not military
By Emanuel Fabian
20 April 2022

After long refusing to provide defensive equipment to Ukraine, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday that Israel will supply helmets and flak jackets to the beleaguered nation’s emergency services amid Russia’s invasion. Gantz spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, following several requests for such equipment, and updated him on Israel’s decision, his office said in a statement.

Gantz “approved the purchase of protective equipment… which will be transferred to the Ukrainian rescue forces and civilian organizations,” the statement read. His office added that the helmets and flak jackets Israel intends to send to Ukraine are “in the process of being procured.” Jerusalem first weighed Ukrainian requests for some defensive equipment in March. More recently, devastating images coming out of the Kyiv suburb of Bucha galvanized many countries against the Russian effort and led to a marked change of tone for Israeli politicians.