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Iran’s Weapons Are Slowly Dragging Israel to Ukraine’s Defense

Iranian involvement is changing the calculation of risks, as fears grow that Iran could be honing its capacity to strike Israel  

Israel's Iron Dome System has a good track record of halting short-range rocket attacks.

Israel's Iron Dome System has a good track record of halting short-range rocket attacks.

Photographer: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

After months of reluctance, Israel is softening its opposition to providing military aid to Ukraine, as Iran’s deepening support for Russia’s invasion evolves into a threat to Israeli security.

A turning point came late last month, when Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz took a long-requested call from his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov. Israel committed to help Ukraine develop an early-warning system, similar to one that alerts Israelis to incoming fire from the Gaza Strip.