The Azerbaijani leader reveled to a visiting American Rabbi that officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”
Saudi, Pakistani, Afghani and Emirati officials are asking Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev about how to balance their identities as Muslim countries with a relationship with Israel, the Azerbaijani leader told an American rabbi on Monday.
Rabbi Marc Schneier , who met with Aliyev in Baku, said the Azerbaijani leader told him – without going into names – that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Pakistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”
President Ilham Aliyev – Official website of President of Azerbaijan
Schneier quoted Aliyev as saying that he told the officials that it is possible to “do both, that you are not going to get punished – he used those words – that you can find the right balance, and that the fact that I am being asked about this is indicative of a certain movement of the Muslim world now toward Israel.”
Schneier said Aliyev did not provide specifics about the identity of the officials he was referring to. Continue Reading »
Israel’s prime Minister suggested that the Mideast’s state of flux currently presents significant economic opportunities, common security needs, and even peace in the region.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday–day three of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland–with world leaders in a series of diplomatic meetings that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Netanyahu reiterated to Merkel the need to make “real – not cosmetic – changes that will prevent Iran from going nuclear which would otherwise be assured by the agreement as it stands,” a government press release stated.
WASHINGTON – A US-led summit gathering Israel’s prime minister and the Palestinian Authority president on one stage with Levant and Gulf leaders would greatly benefit the region, and likely advance a stalled peace process, Azerbaijan’s envoy said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post.
Israeli officials told the Post last month that the Trump administration is exploring the feasibility of such a summit, which would bring Israel and Sunni leaders from Saudi Arabia and neighboring nations together for the first time. Continue Reading »
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.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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 »
Foreign 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 »
MP Yevda Abramov, head of Baku’s Parliamentary Committee on Israel-Azerbaijan Relations, reported that Israel’s “Mossad divers neutralized an Iranian terrorists cell” targeting the 2012 Eurovision song contest in the capital.
By News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Israeli intelligence agents were able to prevent a major terrorist attack in Azerbaijan during the 2012 Eurovision song contest in Baku, Azerbaijani MP Yevda Abramov revealed Tuesday.
The Crystal Hall in Baku, which hosted the 2012 – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
Local website econbez.ru quoted Abramov as saying that “during the Eurovision song contest in Baku … Mossad divers neutralized at sea a group of terrorists who arrived from Iran to Azerbaijan.”
Abramov, who chairs Baku’s Parliamentary Committee on Israel-Azerbaijan Relations, was adamant the terrorist cell’s target was the Eurovision contest held in the capital. Continue Reading »
As an “indication of the major change that is taking place in Israel’s global relations,” Netanyahu is set to visit 4 countries, including 3 that have yet to be visited by a sitting Israeli prime minister.
Binyamin Netanyahu will visit four countries in the coming months, including three that he said have never been visited by a sitting Israeli prime minister.
Netanyahu announced Sunday at the weekly Cabinet meeting that he will travel to Australia, Singapore and Kazakhstan, as well as Azerbaijan, where he made a quick stop in 1997.
In addition, Netanyahu said that President Reuven Rivlin will visit India in two weeks. Continue Reading »
Azerbaijan is reportedly acquiring 21 new coast-guard vessels from Israel, according to Eurasianet.org.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, left, with the allegedly Israeli-built coast guard vessel in the background. Photo by Website of the President of Azerbaijan
While Azerbaijan made no formal announcement about such a purchase, Jane’s, the defense and intelligence publication, confirmed Thursday that the Azerbaijan Coast Guard ordered six Shaldag Mk V patrol boats and six Saar 62 offshore patrol vessels.
Jane’s based its assertion on images obtained in mid-July showing details of work being done on the vessels at a new shipyard.
The partnership between Israel & Azerbaijan is complicated by political factors, but ultimately Azerbaijan is a reliable supplier of oil for Israel, & Israel reciprocates as a reliable supplier of high-tech & arms.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (JTA) — With less than a month to go until presidential elections, the moustachioed smile of Ilham Aliyev stares down at his countrymen from giant posters scattered around this bustling metropolis on the Caspian Sea.
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, left, meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the presidential palace in Baku, June 28, 2009. – Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images
The Azerbaijani president has been in office since 2003 and is widely expected to be re-elected, extending the leadership of the Aliyev clan into its third decade.
Global Post magazine reports Iran, Israel & Russia are violating UN-imposed embargo by selling weapons to Azerbaijan & Armenia.
Observers: Border skirmishes may escalate into broader regional conflict
By Ynet Staff
Israel, Russia and Iran are violating an international embargo by supplying weapons to Azerbaijan and Armenia in the framework of their dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a number of media outlets reported Wednesday night.
An article published by the American Global Post news magazine quoted international observers as saying that the region’s strategic oil and gas pipelines and a tangled web of alliances and precious resources threaten to quickly escalate the border skirmishes and airspace violations to a wider regional conflict triggered by Armenia and Azerbaijan that could potentially pull in Israel, Russia and Iran. Continue Reading »
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