Armenia’s hostile relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan, compounded by tense relations between Russia and Georgia, render the Caucasus a very explosive powder keg. How would the injection of the Israeli factor affect the region? This is the question many pundits are mulling.
Israel’s Minister of Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanebi visited Yerevan, met with Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian to sign bilateral economic cooperation agreements, declaring that he is visiting Armenia to bring about a “breakthrough.”
During the same period in July, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Israel and at a joint press conference with his counterpart, Benyamin Netanyahu, announced that bilateral relations “are developing very rapidly and that the exchange of high-level visits gives additional impetus to their cooperation.”
Most significantly Israel is on the radar of the Russian Foreign Ministry as Sergey Lavrov stated that in solving the problem of the Syrian war, “Israel’s security interests will be taken into consideration.”
As we can see, suddenly Israel is prominent in the Caucasus, mostly because that country has been emerging from its isolation after focusing on the Palestinian issue so intently that it has been practically wiped from every party’s agenda.
There is an unofficial motto at the US State Department; any country which claims to be a friend of America cannot qualify for that status unless it first becomes a friend of Israel.