Israeli Weapons Fuel Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict and Grease Palms of Corrupt Elite

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An LAR-160 series Israeli-made rocket fired by Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karabakh capital.  (photo: Human Rights Watch)
Israeli drone and arms manufacturers weapons are likely being used against Armenians.

By Richard Silverstein  |  Tikun Olam  |  Oct 28, 2020

Israel has been selling advanced weapons systems to the Azeris for years. And the deals haven’t stopped at weapons systems.

It’s common knowledge that Israel is one of the world’s largest arms exporters. As I reported in Jacobin Magazine, it exports to the most genocidal regimes on the planet, and fuels ethnic conflicts from South Sudan to the Phillipines.

Less known is the role Israel is playing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In fact, the latter’s largest cargo planes are landing several times a week at an Israeli military air base, loading up on Israeli weapons and ferrying them back to Azerbaijan, sometimes with stops along the way in Turkey, another Azeri military ally. Nor is this a recent development. Israel has been selling advanced weapons systems to the Azeris for years. And the deals haven’t stopped at weapons systems. Because of Azerbaijan strategic location sharing a long border with Iran, it becomes a major intelligence asset for Israel as it seeks ways to surveil its arch-enemy Iran and understand its military capabilities.

News reports have indicated that the Azeris have permitted Israel to refurbish an old Soviet-era airfield thus permitting Israeli drones and aircraft to fly reconnaissance missions directed at Iran. If Israel ever mounted an air assault on Iran and its nuclear facilities, such a base would prove invaluable given how difficult it would be for its war planes to fly directly from Israel to Iran. The Mossad has also opened a station in Baku in order to monitor Iran.

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