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Israel - Georgia: it's great again2011-12-15 11:02
Georgian authorities are just right to celebrate a small victory. Tbilisi has forced Israeli businessmen Roni Fuchs and Zeev Fraenkel to agree on almost a fourfold decrease of the amount of compensation for non-fulfillment of the Georgian government's obligations by the blackmail, and fabricated criminal case. But the Israelis, true to the proverb "Who let bygones be bygones", have shown political pragmatism, peculiar to them. The head of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin invited his Georgian counterpart David Bakradze on a visit.
The ability to value human life, the flexibility of approaches and political foresight - these properties of the character could not fail to work out in the Jewish people for thousands of years of Diaspora and all kinds of harassment. They were shown even now, when Israeli politicians have decided to forget the crime of Saakashvili's regime against the citizens of the Jewish state. Not willing to repay $ 110 million of penalty, which the London arbitration ordered Tbilisi to pay Israeli businessman Rony Fuchs and Zeev Frenkel, Saakashvili's surroundings did not find anything better than to accuse them of giving a bribe to Deputy Minister of Finance of Georgia Avtandil Kharaidze. The court, controlled by president Saakashvili, not going into the real hidden motive of the charges, quickly sentenced them to six and a half and seven years in prison respectively. Tel Aviv has threatened a complete break of relations, but the Georgian side, showing a rare adherence, insisted on the validity of the sentence. So, many even started believe fabrications, made up out of whole cloth by pettifoggers hired by Saakashvili's accomplices. Fuchs and Frankel themselves pleaded not guilty, despite all the efforts of the president's assistants.
Later it became clear that, despite the "fair verdict", fierce bidding around the fate of the two calumniated entrepreneurs continued. And when the Georgian authorities could "bring down the price" by more than three times, a "gracious" Saakashvili's decree of "pardon" the Israelis, in fact, taken as a hostage by his regime, immediately appeared. Although formally the "magnanimous" decision was a response to "requests from the Government and the President of Israel", the Georgian authorities are not really hiding the true motivation of such an incredible generosity.
"The state budget of Georgia had to pay Israeli businessmen $ 110 million, but we managed to negotiate to save 80 million", Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia Tina Burjaliani said on this occasion. Forty million for the prisoner! Even Somali pirates never dreamed of such amounts. Both businessmen, as you might expect from people who have just escaped from a pirate den in which Saakashvili and his cronies turned the Transcaucasian republics, left Georgia immediately after the promulgation of the decree of pardon of December 2.
"Despite the pardon, the businessmen have pleaded not guilty to the charge. They left the Georgian territory on the special plane, sent by Ronnie Fuchs' friend. Israeli ambassador accompanied Fuchs and Frenkel on their trip to the airport in his car and the consul was with them", the lawyer of Jewish entrepreneurs Archil Kbilashvili said.
Elderly Israeli President Shimon Peres demonstrated real nobleness in this case. In spite of the actual outrage upon his country by the Georgian "justice", he found the strength to thank Saakashvili for his "generosity".