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Lindsey Graham criticizes Israel for refusing to sell weapons to Ukraine

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Senator Lindsey Graham waits to speak to reporters at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2022. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Senator Lindsey Graham waits to speak to reporters at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2022. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham criticizes Israel for declining to sell Ukraine weapons to fend off the ongoing Russian invasion.

“They asked Israel — no bigger fan of Israel than Lindsey Graham — for stinger [missiles], and apparently Israel said no. So I’ll get on the phone to Israel. You know, we stand up for Israel with the Iron Dome,” Graham tells Fox News, suggesting that the US expects better from its longstanding ally.

“Putin is a thug. He’s a war criminal. He’s destroying a sovereign nation called Ukraine. And if we don’t get Ukraine and Russia right, the Chinese are going to move on Taiwan and the Iranians gonna break out toward a bomb. So it’s in everybody’s interest” for Ukraine to be able to defend itself, Graham argues.

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