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Israel supplying early warning radar to Ukraine could be game-changer

Mar 1

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Russia has positioned itself as a neutral player in Middle East affairs recently, maintaining stable ties with Israel and its Arab neighbors. But a shift occurred after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, as Israel now sees Russia’s more symbolic support for Hamas in Gaza as siding with the militant group.

Straight Arrow News contributor Peter Zeihan points to an important announcement from Israel’s UN ambassador that solidifies the shift in relations between Israel and Russia and potentially impacts the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Excerpted from Peter’s March 1 “Zeihan on Geopolitics” newsletter:

In a marked shift away from the historical relationship between Israel and Moscow, Israel plans to send early warning radar to Ukraine. The details of this plan are still unconfirmed, but let’s break it down.

Israel has developed some of the most advanced missile and drone detection and defense systems, known as the Iron Dome System. What’s being sent to Ukraine will likely be a much more basic version; regardless, it will be an invaluable piece of tech for the Ukrainian’s defense capabilities.

This move by Israel could also signify the beginning of increased cooperation with Western allies – most notably the U.S. Once the flood gates open, intelligence sharing, some Western funding, and enhancements to military capabilities shouldn’t be too far behind.

Hey, everybody, Peter Zeihan here coming to you from the California coast. It is the 28th of February. And the news today is that Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations has announced that because of ongoing Russian changes in policy both in Ukraine in the Middle East, Israel is going to start providing a degree of military aid to the Ukrainians to help fight off the Russians. Specifically, he says that early warning radars are now being shipped to Ukraine. So Ukraine can get some advance notice of one missiles and drones are incoming. Let’s start with the caveats because the details provided from the ambassador were somewhat limited. We don’t know exactly what systems and we’d have no reason to believe at the moment that this is the Iron Dome system, which is world renowned. For those of you who are not living and breathing the details of the Gaza war. The Iron Dome is a combination of radar and interceptor system that is designed to hit short range ballistic missiles, and drones and especially swarms of both of them. And it has been broadly successful at protecting the Israeli population, when Hamas in groups like it was not just dozens, but hundreds of projectiles and missiles and drones into Israeli civilian areas. If the Iron Dome was provided to
Ukraine in sufficient numbers, that all of these Iranian long range Shaheed drones that have been causing so much problems really would cease to exist as a problem because Iron Dome basically uses fairly cheap interceptors. Okay. We don’t know if it’s that probably something significantly more basic. But why is this important? But Israel and Moscow and I say Moscow to include the Soviet system, I’ve had a non standard relationship for most of the last 75 years, the Russians slash Soviets have tended to favor supporting the Arabs against the Israelis, especially in the 1956 more than 73 war in Lebanon War, because they see Israel as a proxy for Western powers, most notably the United States. But Israel as anyone who is involved in US foreign policymaking will tell you it is its own thing, and independent of whether they feel they are under American strategic cover or not. They certainly don’t feel constrained by American policy decisions in most circumstances. So in the aftermath of the 67 War, the Israeli started developing an intermediate range ballistic missile that would allow them to directly target Moscow with a nuclear assault should the shit really hit the fan. And in doing so, Moscow was forced to admit that Jerusalem was a significant power in and of itself. And so relations between the two powers, whether it’s Soviet, Israeli or Russian, Israeli have always been cool. That is the threat side, there’s also an incentive side, in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse when you had millions of people basically looking to leave the former Soviet Union or anywhere else that included over a million Russian Jews. The Russian government wanted to get rid of them, the Israeli government wanted to bring them home. And so that series of deals were struck and diplomatic cooperation that would allow these people to relocate with a minimum of fuss. And now those Russian Jews make up more than 15% of the Israeli population. Because of this balancing act, the two governments have always had a degree of grudging respect towards one another. And as such, they share information, especially things like tax evasion information on activities of the Russian oligarchs who oftentimes have dual citizenship it Israel. And this is encouraged the Russians to kind of go softly, softly When talking with anyone who happens to be an outright foe of Israel. So the Israelis kind of turn a blind eye when the Russians are talking to radians about things that are relatively ethereal and don’t affect the Middle East directly. But this seems to have now changed with the Ukraine war. The Russians are involved in a military conflict that they see as existential. And that means a lot of these softly, softly relationships that the Moscow folks have with other countries are secondary at best. And so the Russians have started inviting groups like the Houthis, which had no international platform prior to Moscow to talk about strategy. And in this week, the Hamas group is actually going to be in Moscow for this same reason. And for the Israelis. This is not a minor issue. This is an existential issue for them. So we now have the UN ambassador, basically publicly declaring that the Russians have carried out a genocide. The Russians, by the way, are now calling what’s going on in Gaza formal occupation, and we’re seeing a heart
lien position and an eroding of his kind of general understanding that their spheres of influence don’t really overlap. So let’s not push it too hard. Now it’s being pushed. And if we get into a situation in the next few months, where the Russians, from the Israeli point of view, are directly interfering in what the Israelis consider to be critical issues, you can bet your ass that is really intelligence, it’s going to start to get shared on the Russian topics, with everyone in the Western alliance, first and foremost, the United States. And that’ll open up no end of opportunities for US law enforcement on things that have nothing to do with the Ukraine war. In addition, there will probably be a lot more military cooperation because we know to be perfectly blunt, that the Iron Dome system works pretty well. The limitation is that Israel is a country of just a few million people, and they can only produce so many of these things. But if you start putting the Western money behind Israeli technological might, all of a sudden you can see a world where more of this stuff is produced at a can provide strategic cover for larger areas of Ukrainian landmass. And all of a sudden these hundreds of drones that are coming in every week might not matter nearly as botch

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