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Georgia groveling before Israel2011-07-05 12:16
Georgia is hopelessly trying to choke the diplomatic fire that burned up after the trial over two Israeli businessmen, Rony Fuchs and Ze'ev Frankiel. The sentence awarded to the businessmen who had actively invested in the Georgian economy was not just stiff. Public beating demonstrates the entire power of the Caucasian republic's specific democracy. But now Tbilisi has got a chance to rehabilitate itself, for Israel feels sad about the upcoming sovereignty of Palestine autonomy and needs all sorts of help.
The whole affair was perfectly cooked. While the world refuses to accept the video and audio records as the proof of the defendants' guilt, Georgia goes on confirming the status of a police state. The video record made by a hidden camera in Stamboul was not only taken into consideration but also became the main argument of the accusers. The defendants characterized their arrest as the provocation initiated by the local government, which is thus trying to avoid the payment of the forfeit or, at least, attain the conclusion of a procedural agreement to the same amount. You bet: this is much more expensive than accepting a bribe. In this way, Mikhail Saakashvili and his supporters have demonstrated the way of turning elite corruption into the republic's asset instead of the way they hold
control over bribery.
Naturally, Israel was furious. Here was the gratitude for the inflow of international investments: Fuchs and his partner in Tramex International Inc made an impossible step in 1991 when they obtained an open-ended agreement on an exclusive right of oil and gas processing, as well as on running all the pipelines of Georgia. But afterwards, as it often happens in the Caucasian republic, Georgian authorities invented another dream: it was a "Eurasian corridor" for transporting Caspian hydrocarbons to Europe bypassing the Russian Federation. No wonder the Cabinet thought better and decided to declare the agreement with Fuchs and Frankiel as having run out of force. A counter claim of compensation for moral damage and a terminated contract gave the experienced Georgian politicians an idea of a simple way out: just put both businessmen in prison so that they would not bother anyone.
But the funniest thing is that despite the Jewish savers of the Caucasian economy being kept prisoners, Georgian politicians tirelessly brought grist to the mill of the Georgia-Israel relationship. "Georgian society regards Israel as one of the states that are most friendly to Georgia. Our bilateral relationship is based upon a long-term friendship and the military-and-technical element is just one of the many links connecting our countries. We have got powerful business connections with Israel", - said the parliament deputy and chairman of the commission on relations with the fellow countrymen living abroad Nugzar Tsiklauri.
Nevertheless, Israel has practically joined Georgia's diplomatic blockade of Russia and closed its embassy in Tbilisi for an undefined period of time. Military cooperation and business are facing the risk of a failure and the Georgian politicians have found an excuse that might help bring the relations with Tel-Aviv onto normal track.