Azerbaijan and the Plans of Israeli Politicians | New Eastern Outlook

22-10-20 02:02:00,


As the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh mushrooms, the Israeli-Azerbaijani arms trade is flourishing, and in this case Netanyahu’s government is being chiefly guided by economic benefits, with political calculations, or rather miscalculations, in second place after those.

It should be pointed out that at present the Israeli economy is experiencing great difficulties due to the pandemic, basically just like other countries. Restaurants, cafes, factories, and plants are temporarily shutting down, and the number of tourists has sharply dropped. Under these conditions, the Israeli government is trying to find some sources of assistance, even temporary ones, for both the economy and the population itself. For these purposes, it is keeping close track of the sales of weapons and high-technology systems.

Presently, in the 31-degree heat at Ben Gurion Airport, it is quiet and calm, without the previous hubbub – civilian flights have virtually ceased due to the rampant COVID-19 pandemic. But cargo flights along the route to Azerbaijan have still picked up recently, and are loaded to capacity. The large number of flights is a direct consequence of the resumption of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. At least four Il-76 aircraft operated by the Azerbaijani cargo airline Silk Way, which serves the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, landed and then took off from Uvda Air Force Base in southern Israel: two before the start of hostilities, and two afterwards. According to the air traffic rules, this is the only airport from which aircraft loaded with explosives are allowed to take off.

Surveillance of the takeoffs and landings, as well as aircraft traffic throughout the Middle East and beyond the region, is something done by both professionals and amateurs, and therefore the flight paths of the four aircraft have been documented by professionals, and on various public websites that follow air traffic activity. Some of these planes have also flown from Baku to Ankara, and to Istanbul and back again, in recent times. All of this speaks of the redeployment of weapons and military equipment, and therefore that Israel is involved in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh – and has taken the side of one of the warring parties.

On September 27 fighting resumed, with a surprise offensive conducted by the Azerbaijanis along the entire front. 

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Azerbaijan corrupts US press

13-10-20 01:58:00,

The Azerbaijani government instructed its embassy in Washington to apprise US officials and the press of its account of the Karabakh war, something which is normal and part of its job.

However, the embassy has also contracted public relations agencies for the publication of pre-written articles, obscuring the fact that the authors are paid by Azerbaijan.

According to The American Conservative journal [1], this is a long-standing practice [2], on which the embassy spent $ 1.3 million last year. The commissioned articles shamelessly touted Azerbaijan as a “democracy” or as a “peaceful” state.

The public relations agencies involved are: Livingston Group, Stellar Jay Communications, BGR, the Podesta Group, and DLA Piper.

The newspapers and magazines involved are: The Hill, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The National Review, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

These facts shed a harsh light on the alleged neutrality of the press in the United States.

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[1] “How Azerbaijan is Lobbying Washington to Sanitize its War”, Barbara Boland, The American Conservative, October 12, 2020.

[2] “Azerbaijan’s American Media “Manipulation””, Casey Michel, June 10, 2016.

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Azerbaijan armed by Israel against Artsakh

01-10-20 06:09:00,

According to Flightradar24, the Swedish-based aircraft tracking service,

- On 24 September 2020, two Ilyushin military transport planes (Reg. 4K-AZ101 and 4K-78131) chartered by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, arrived at Ovda airport (Israel) from Baku and returned to their base after loading.

- On 30 September 2020, an Ilyushin Il-76TD (Reg. AZQ4611) belonging to the Azerbaijani state company Silk Way Airlines [1] landed at the same Israeli airport arriving from Baku and flew back to Azerbaijan a few hours later.

[1] Silk Way Airlines was the main arms carrier chartered by General David Petraeus (then director of the CIA, currently a business associate of financier Henry Kravis, the top donor to Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign) to jihadists in Syria and Iraq. See “Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 18 July 2017.

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Azerbaijan legitimately started the conflict, says Turkey

30-09-20 07:12:00,

Speaking on 28 September 2020 at a symposium on international maritime law, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan broached the issue of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

He recalled that since the dissolution of the USSR – some 30 years ago – the United States, Russia and France (known as the Minsk Group) have been trying in vain to find a solution to the conflict. He then added:

“They have done, so-to-speak, everything in their power not to resolve the issue. And now they are giving advice and, from time to time, even uttering threats. What are those threats? ‘Is Turkey over here, are the Turkish soldiers present over here?’ Those who ask so are the very ones that transfer thousands of truckloads of weapons to our south, particularly to the north of Syria. Those asking so are the very ones that parcel out the north of Syria and build bases there for themselves. Those asking so are the very ones that roam freely with the coalition powers in Syria.”

Acknowledging that hostilities were started by Baku, he continued: “considering that those reponsible for the occupation have not been held to account thus far, Azerbaijan had to take matters into its own hands.”

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