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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Iran's stake in Georgia

Pajamas Media's Meir Javedanfar has an interesting take on what's at stake in Georgia for Iran (Hat Tip: Hot Air).

What could cause worry in Tehran is that Jerusalem is trying to use its influence over Georgia as potential leverage to prevent Russia from selling advanced weaponry to Iran in the future.

Israel hopes to achieve this through its recent declaration that it will no longer sell weapons and systems which could be used for attack purposes to Georgia. This means that instead of selling rifles or RPVs, it will confine its sales to defensive equipment such as communication devices.

This move is likely to win new friends and allies for Israel in the Kremlin. Even if Russia doesn’t immediately reciprocate, it might do so in the future. The Georgian experience will serve as a good personal example for Russia’s leadership and the threat they pose by supplying sophisticated weapons to another country’s enemy, especially Iran, which Israel sees as an existential threat, something far more serious than the Georgian threat poses for Russia.

I'm not convinced that Israel is going to win any friends in the Kremlin by refusing to sell offensive weapons to Georgia (more likely, we'll just hurt our own defense exports), but read the whole thing.


At 9:20 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Georgians are Christians and they have never hurt Israel while the Russians have done extensive business with Iran. I can understand Israel's move for reasons of Realpolitik but having another small country as a friend would be a good idea, don't you think? Its another instance of the Olmert-Barak-Livini-Yishai government not thinking things through.

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Freedom Fighter said...

Shameful...plain and simple.

The Russaians aren't going to stop seeling the tools of the trade to Iran, and their word isn't to be trusted.

But then, neither is the Israeli government's apparently.

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Wally Banners said...



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