Tag Archive for Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan reports acquiring Israel’s Iron Dome missile system


Just days after Israel’s PM Netanyahu visited Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev revealed that his country has signed $5 billion worth of contracts to purchase weapons & security equipment from Israel.



Just days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Baku, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Javer Jamalov announced over the weekend that his country has signed a deal to purchase Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system.

Jamalov made the announcement on Saturday during a briefing with reporters. According to a report in the Azerbaijan Press Agency, Jamalov said that the “agreement was reached between the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry and Israel’s relevant structure”, likely a reference to Israel’s Defense Ministry. Continue Reading »

Shiite Muslim nation to acquire Iron Dome defense missile batteries from Israel


view videoForeign media reports Israel & Azerbaijan have long maintained defense & energy ties, and are currently negotiating several arms deals, including the Muslim state’s acquisition of several Iron Dome air defense systems.

By Shlomo Cesana


Azerbaijan is planning to acquire several Iron Dome air defense system batteries, Israel Hayom learned Thursday.

Iron Dome, manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) to 70 kilometers (43 miles).

The impending acquisition was announced ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Azerbaijan, scheduled for December. Continue Reading »

Azerbaijan Police arrests Iranian for planning attack on Israeli embassy


Iran’s Quds Forces operative Hasan Faraji displayed “suspicious behavior” while wandering around Israel’s embassy in Baku.





An Iranian national was arrested in Azerbaijan two weeks ago on the suspicion he was planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in Baku, Channel 10 reported on Wednesday.

Hasan Faraji, a suspected Iranian Quds Forces operative.

Hasan Faraji, a suspected Iranian Quds Forces operative.- Photo: Screenshot Channel 10

Hasan Faraji, 31, was arrested by Azerbaijani police after displaying “suspicious behavior” while wandering around the Israeli embassy in Baku on October 31. Faraji, who resisted arrest, was sentenced to 30 days of administrative detention, according to the APA news agency

According to Channel 10, Faraji is a part of the Iranian Quds Forces, a special unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that, among other roles, is tasked with planning and executing terrorist attacks against Israeli targets overseas. Continue Reading »

Azerbaijan Court Sentenced Iranian Spy to 15 Years

The Baku Court in Azerbaijan sentences an Iranian spy to 15 years in jail for plotting a terror attack on the Israeli embassy in the country.

By Elad Benari, Canada


A court in Azerbaijan on Friday sentenced an alleged Iranian spy to 15 years in jail for plotting an attack on the Israeli embassy in the country, AFP reports.

Iranian citizen Bahram Feyzi, who was arrested by Azerbaijani security forces in March, was sentenced by the Baku Court on Grave Crimes, court officials said.

According to court documents, Feyzi, who was also found guilty of espionage and drug possession, was accused of being an agent of the secret service of neighboring Iran. Continue Reading »

Azerbaijan’s Jewish shtetl survives among Muslim majority

Over the years, the community known as ‘Mountain Jews’ has endured pogroms by Persian warlords, repression under communism and the rise of post-Soviet nationalism.

Yedidia Yehuda, right, and a childhood friend walking down the stairs that overlook Krasnaiya Sloboda, August 2013. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

Yedidia Yehuda, right, and a childhood friend walking down the stairs that overlook Krasnaiya Sloboda, August 2013. – Cnaan Liphshiz

“You take care not to fall yourself and don’t worry about me,” he tells a visitor following him toward a small town on the northern bank of the Kudyal river, where 2,000 Jews have lived for nearly three centuries in their own shtetl, one of the world’s few remaining all-Jewish towns outside Israel.

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Azerbaijan Jails 22 Islamic Radicals for Plotting Attacks Against US & Israeli Embassies

Azerbaijan jailed 22 Islamic terrorists on Tuesday for plotting attacks on US & Israeli embassies in collaboration with Iran.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Azerbaijan jailed 22 alleged Islamic radicals on Tuesday for plotting attacks on the U.S. and Israeli embassies in the ex-Soviet state in collaboration with neighboring Iran, a court in Baku said.

Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, addresses the 67th session of the United Nations

Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, addresses the 67th session of the United Nations – Reuters

Azerbaijan frequently has been named as a country from which Israeli planes could fly to attack Iran in an effort to curtail its nuclear development program. It has denied it has granted Israel privileges to use its bases and air space, despite good relations between the two countries. Continue Reading »

Azerbaijan likely to help Israel with Iran attack

Reuters quotes local Azerbaijan sources say Azeri authorities explored with Israel how their air bases and spy drones could aid Israel in Iran strike.

By Reuters

Israel’s “go-it-alone” option to attack Iran’s nuclear sites has set the Middle East on edge and unsettled its main ally at the height of a U.S. presidential election campaign.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exudes impatience, saying Tehran is barely a year from a “red line” for atomic capacity. Many fellow Israelis, however, fear a unilateral strike, lacking U.S. forces, would fail against such a large and distant enemy.

Heron TP drone

The Israeli army Heron TP drone, also known locally as the Eitan, flies during a display at the Palmahim Air Force Base.

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Azerbaijan arrests 22 suspects in plot to attack Israeli, U.S. targets

Azerbaijan’s national security ministry says Iran’s Revolutionary Guards is behind plot to carry out attacks against Israeli, U.S. embassies in Baku.

Azerbaijan authorities have arrested 22 people suspected of plotting to attack the Israeli and American embassies in the capital Baku, AFP reported on Wednesday.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was reportedly behind the plan to attack Israeli and U.S. targets in the country, according to Azerbaijan’s national security ministry.

A month ago, the national security ministry said it had arrested several activists belonging to the Iranian intelligence service and Hezbollah. The operatives were suspected of planning terrorist attacks against foreigners in Baku.

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