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Israel to organize a rehabilitation summit in Lviv, reportedly will test missile warning system

The Israeli ‘red alert’ system could become operational this summer, warn Ukrainians in specific locations ahead of Russian missile hits

Debris of a Russian missile is on display at a zoo in Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on Nov. 17, 2022. (Photo: Kyodo via Reuters Connect)

Israel’s Foreign Ministry initiated a summit in Ukraine that will discuss the rehabilitation efforts of the war-torn country. The summit is set to take place in the city of Lviv in western Ukraine on May 30, according to a report on Israel's Channel 14 news. 

Under the title ‘Ukrainian-Israeli rehabilitation,’ the summit will revolve around “physical and psychological rehabilitation” during and after the conflict with Russia. It will also draw from Israel's experience with reconstruction and recovery, as well as knowledge acquired during periods of deteriorating security. 

Israel previously came under criticism for not assisting Ukraine by providing it with weapons, as other western countries have done. Israel's reluctance to provide weapons to Ukraine is reportedly due to its need to maintain a freedom of operation against Iranian targets in Syria, where Russia has a major foothold. 

Nonetheless, the Jewish state has contributed strategic resources worth millions of dollars to Ukraine, including generators, following Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine's energy infrastructure, as well as body armor and helmets for first responders, along with humanitarian supplies.

Israel also established a field hospital close to Lviv, investing approximately 21 million shekels ($6.5 million) in the facility, which included sending delegations of doctors. 

Axios media outlet reported on Thursday that the Israel Defense Force’s Home Command is currently developing an civilian early warning system for Ukraine, which may be operational as early as this summer, and which would help the nation defend itself against Russian missile attacks, according to the report. 

The Israeli military is expected to test the system next month in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, according to an unnamed Ukrainian source. 

The system would work in a similar manner to the “red alert” system that Israel uses to send warning texts to civilian’s phones and set off the sirens. The system is connected to air defense and radar systems and knows how to predict the specific area where a missile is going to hit and notify the targeted population so they can take cover.

Once activated, the early warning system would become Israel's most significant defensive contribution to-date to Ukraine against Russia. 

Tal Heinrich is a senior correspondent for both ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS. She is currently based in New York City. Tal also provides reports and analysis for Israeli Hebrew media Channel 14 News.

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