Where Do Iran and Israel Stand in Russia-Georgia War?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nosratollah Tajik

The limited war between Russia and Georgia last week was analyzed by experts from various dimensions. Besides internal potentials for triggering such clashes, generally this war was regarded as an approach by NATO to Russian borders and the reaction of the Russians to this development. Attempt has been made in this article to deal with a point which has received little attention, namely the role of the Zionist regime in the regional developments and conflicts which is not something new but explains the philosophy behind existence of this regime.

Regardless of the Middle East, the activities of this regime in the developments of the southern littoral states of the Persian Gulf, Iraq and especially Kurdistan and its geopolitical impacts are very important. In this framework, the movements of this regime towards the Islamic Republic (of Iran), as a regional power and due to its determining role in the international developments can be analyzed thoroughly.

The Zionist regime has had close and long-standing ties with Georgian military on the one hand. On the other hand, the strong Georgian lobby comprising immigrant Jews, who have gone to the occupied territories from Georgia, are active in strengthening these relations. The Zionist regime stands next to the US and France as the main supplier of military equipment to the Georgian army and this trade is being managed and directed by influential people on behalf of the Zionist regime’s weaponry industries. For instance, General Gal Hirsch, one of the senior commanders of the Zionist regime’s army who was forced to resign following the defeat of the regime in the face of the resistance put up by the Lebanese people and the Hizbollah in the 33-day war of Lebanon in the year 2006 and after the Vinograde report, is among advisors of the Georgian security forces.

Besides selling military equipments such as unmanned planes, missiles, night vision binoculars and electronic equipment the value of which has been estimated at $200 million since 2000, the Zionists are engaged in training Georgian military forces, which is a cause of pride and honor for Temur Yakobashvili, a Georgian minister who is Jewish.

Although the Russians consider these military relations simple and low-profile, these assistances including the training of Georgian security forces are regarded measures disturbing the Russian officials. The Zionist regime officials realized the Russian concern towards their relations with the Georgian government especially after a Russian jet fighter shot down an unmanned plane built by the Zionists and directed by the Georgian army. The Zionist regime has ever since tried to funnel military relations with Tbilisi towards defense items and training of military forces. After a short period of time, a contract to sell 200 advanced Merkava tanks was cancelled between Israel and Georgia. Although it is said that the contract was rescinded due to non-payment of commission fee, there are other views indicating that the Zionist regime had tried not to arouse sensitivity of the Russians too much as this might lead to targeting of their interests in Georgia.

With the outbreak of the war between Moscow and Tbilisi, the Zionist regime’s foreign minister suggested that sale of military equipment to Georgia would be suspended. Because they are concerned that the military relations which are not hidden from the Russians, would encourage Moscow to sell advanced military equipment such as S-300 anti-air defense missiles to Iran and Syria.

Moreover, it seems that although the Zionist regime does not intend to prompt the wrath of the Russians for the said reasons, it is not unwilling to somewhat indirectly warn the Russians that opposition with more sanctions against Iran would cause them problems.

Being aware of the Russians sensitivity towards these relations and of the critical situation of the region that can turn into an all-embracing crisis, the Zionists justify these relations because Georgia is supported by the West and the US and the Zionist regime considers it difficult not to meet the military demands of Tbilisi!

In short, the Zionist regime is placed in a bad situation because it has to either preserve its friendly relations with Georgia at the cost of closer military relations of Russians with Iran and Syria or leave alone an old ally at a time of crisis. It would be appropriate here for the Iranian diplomacy to take due advantage of the Zionists’ plight at this juncture.


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