For Israel's leadership, ties with Azerbaijan are strategic
relations that will be invested in, reports citing the article in The
The article written by Israeli defense journalist Seth J.
Frantzman noted that Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz traveled
to Azerbaijan at an important time for Israel's ties to Baku as the
trip has important regional implications.
According to Israel's Defense Ministry, the trip involved a
focus on security and policy issues and was aimed at fostering
defense cooperation between the countries. The delegation
illustrates how much importance Israel puts on this trip.
During the trip, Gantz discussed changes in the Middle East
region following the signing of the Abraham Accords. He also talked
about Israel's reconciliation with Turkiye. These are very
important moves that have taken place, the report said.
“Azerbaijan-Israel relations are not new and Baku has been a key
partner in Israel's strategy. A recent article by Tel Aviv
University's Moshe Dayan Center argued that“Israel has made
Azerbaijan its primary source of energy…As one of the main
importers of Azerbaijani oil via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline,
Israel receives over half of its petroleum demands from the Caspian
country.”,” the article said.
There are also many other aspects to these ties, including the
fact that Azerbaijan is located in an important place. It is near
Iran and Turkiye. Israel-Turkiye ties were reduced greatly over the
last decade, but Azerbaijan ties remained strong.
“This illustrated that they weathered many other changes.
Clearly, Israel-Azerbaijan relations are only growing strong. This
does have important contexts on other fronts. For Israel, this
isn't some strategic game, Israel has immediate needs. It wants
friends in the region and it wants to grow relations with countries
like the UAE, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Egypt and Morocco...,” the
Thus, the author noted, given all the current realities Israel
not only wants the ties with Baku to flourish but to cement them
publicly and that is why Gantz's trip matters so much.
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