The field hospital is a humanitarian move, but a hospital in a region of Ukraine closer to borders with NATO-allied countries offers a meaningful signal about Israel’s relationship to the western alliance confronting Russia’s invasion.
Israel’s field hospitals, deployed frequently in natural disasters, are seen as the most advanced in the world.
“Establishing a field hospital there, in Ukraine, is an initiative that not many countries are capable of taking on themselves,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said.
He continued, “The State of Israel has this capability and we are getting underway. This is important, and I am pleased that we — Israel’s Health Ministry and the Foreign Ministry, with the assistance of the Finance Ministry — are leading it.”