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Israel took the “arms baron” status from Mishiko2010-08-20 15:01
Head of Foreign Ministry of Israel abated the spirits of Mikheil Saakashvili and his mates in playing great commanders. During a meeting with Georgian Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Ramaz Nikolaishvili, Head of Israeli foreign policy administration Avigdor Liberman stated that his country is not going to procure arms to Tbilisi. Such position is attributed to the most sensitive situation in the Caucasus.
For a long time, Israel was not only one of the major modern arms suppliers for Georgia but also provided the Georgian army with instructors. Whether the training did any good to Saakashvili's war dogs was clearly revealed by the 2008 war in South Ossetia. His soldiers fled from the Russian army and South-Ossetian armed citizens with the speed to be admired even by today's greatest sprinter Usain Bolt. Besides, before the aggression of Saakashvili's regime upon Tskhinval, Israel had set a veto on the offensive weapon and pilotless planes export to Georgia, so Liberman's latest statements were rather made for Moscow than for Tbilisi.
This viewpoint is shared by a well-known military expert, member of Public Council at RF Ministry of Defense Igor Korotchenko. He said the statement made by head of Israeli MFA clearly reveals Tel-Aviv's interests related to his own country's security. "The statements of Israeli side were dictated by Russia's position regarding the Kremlin's strong disapproval of the process of enhancing Georgian's military potential. The statement was addressed not to Georgia representatives but directly to Moscow. We know that a whole number of Arabian states unfriendly to Israel shows active interest in the Russian up-to-date weapon procurement, primarily the Iskander tactical missile systems. Acquiring this kind of arms does not fall within any restrictions on missile technologies regime and seriously changes the balance of forces in the region", - Korotchenko said in his interview to GeorgiaTimes.
The expert also stressed that, requesting Moscow to refrain from supplying arms to Syria and other Arabian countries, Israel is to make response steps and once again confirm its unwillingness to cooperate with Tbilisi in the military sphere. However, according to Korotchenko, the Georgian army can basically do without Israel's military procurement. "Georgia's military potential has been fully restored, and Georgian army is very well equipped. One should pay Saakashvili his due: he has conducted two successful reforms: that of police and armed forces. Old generals with their Soviet experience no longer rush to take the leading position. Tbilisi places its stake on the young ambitious servicemen ready to follow the course of building a modern army", - the expert underlined. He also added that now the Georgian government should rather be concerned with the moral state of the army instead of its technical equipment. The statements made by the head of Israeli foreign policy administration were obviously unpleasant for Georgia's ears, especially in the context of the currently developing "arms" scandal. Representatives of the top echelon of power and state authorities are accused of selling the earlier purchased arms to foreign countries. It would not be that bad if the weapon had not been acquired through US' financial assistance. Georgia has already lost Ukraine and Israel as military companions and now, should Washington come to know that Tbilisi made its little deal at the expense of American tax payers, Saakashvili might also be rebuffed by the White House.