‘Baku granted Israel access to airbases for Iran strike’
Now, why would a senior US official broadcast a thing like that which should not be trumpeted about? I can’t think of a single reason, except that the US administration is running interference for the Iranian nuclear program, protecting it from Israel, as it has been all along. And indeed, the “Obama administration reportedly unhappy about J’lem-Baku relationship.” Why? Because it means Israel is unwilling to entrust its survival to Obama? Or because it endangers the Iranian race to nuclear capability? And is there a difference? Jack Golbert
‘Foreign Policy’ article quotes senior US officials as saying “the Israelis have bought an airfield and the airfield is called Azerbaijan”; Obama administration reportedly unhappy about J’lem-Baku relationship.
Azerbaijan has granted Israel access to airbases in its territory along Iran’s northern border for potential use in a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, a report published Wednesday in Foreign Policy magazine quoted senior US administration officials as saying.
“The Israelis have bought an airfield,” an official said, “and the airfield is called Azerbaijan.”
Even if Israel doesn’t use the fields for a direct airstrike on Iran, Azerbaijan could still prove useful for Jerusalem’s interests in the region. The bases could be used as a jumping point for IDF search-and-rescue units, the report quoted a US intelligence official as saying.
According to the Foreign Policy report, the Obama administration believes the Jerusalem-Baku relationship is raising the risk of an Israeli strike on Iran. Senior US officials have said that Israel’s military expansion into Azerbaijan is complicating US efforts to defuse Israeli-Iranian tensions. “We’re watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we’re not happy about it,” one official said.
This relationship between Israel and the predominantly Muslim country sitting on Iran’s northern border is believed to be robust. The Foreign Policy report quoted a 1995 article in The Jerusalem Post as saying that bilateral relations started in 1994 and had blossomed ever since. “Strauss ice cream, cell phones produced by Motorola’s Israeli division, Maccabee beer, and other Israeli imports are ubiquitous [in Azerbaijan],” the Jerusalem Post article stated.
The unlikely bilateral relationship has taken center stage in the media this year.
In January, Azeri authorities implicated an Iranian citizen in a plot to kill Jewish teachers at a Jewish school in Baku.
A report published last month in The Times of London stated that Azerbaijan is teeming with Mossad agents working to collect intelligence on the Islamic Republic of Iran, quoting an unnamed agent as saying that Baku was “ground zero for intelligence work.”
Later in the month, Israeli officials confirmed a $1.6 billion defense deal with Baku that will see Jerusalem supplying the formerly soviet country with unmanned aerial vehicles and missile defense systems.
Earlier this month, Azerbaijani police arrested 22 people, including one Iranian citizen, suspected of plotting attacks against US and Israeli targets across the country. Baku tied the plot to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).