Israel and Iran' Among
Factors that Led to Georgia War
(IsraelNN.com) Analysis of
the war in Georgia
points to a fight over a major oil route as the main reason for hostilities,
but also to an Israeli connection.
Channel 2's expert on the
Muslim world, Ehud Ya'ari,
told viewers of the central evening newscast that Russia
and neighboring countries were vying for control of a strategic oil pipeline
from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean.
This relatively new pipeline passes through Azerbaijan
and Georgia to Turkey and is the only pipeline between Asia and
Europe that does not pass through Russia
Israel is expecting to receive oil
and gas through the pipeline.
By using the ethnic Russian
population in South Ossetia to destabilize Georgia, Russia was making a play for the
pipeline, he said.
The Israeli Connection
The Georgian move against
South Ossetia was motivated by political
considerations having to do with Israel
according to Nfc.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili decided to
assert control over the breakaway region in order to force Israel to reconsider its decision to cut back
its support for Georgia's
Russian and Georgian media
reported several days ago that Israel
decided to stop its support for Georgia
after Moscow made it clear to Jerusalem
and Washington that Russia
would respond to continued aid for Georgia
by selling advanced anti-aircraft systems to Syria
Hundreds of Israeli defense
experts are reportedly in Georgia
and Israel's military
industries have been upgrading Georgia's
air force, training its infantry and selling the country unmanned aerial
vehicles and advanced artillery systems.
Former minister Ronny Milo
was reportedly among the leading Israeli middlemen in the arms deals with Georgia and
Brig.-Gen. Gal Hirsch has been training army units through a company he owns.
Russia nixes ceasefire
Georgia has ordered its forces to
cease fire, and offered to start talks with Russia
over an end to hostilities in South Ossetia,
Georgian officials said Sunday. However, Russia has reportedly rejected the offer.
Earlier in the day, Georgia
said its troops had pulled out of the breakaway region and that Russian forces
were in control of its capital, Tskhinvali. Georgian
President Saakashvili said Sunday that his country's
sovereignty is in danger.
consultations regarding events in Georgia,
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
said Sunday that Israel
territorial integrity." Israel
also called for a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Russia and Georgia.
Russia bombs Israeli-run plant
Also on Sunday, Russia bombed a
Georgian military plant in which Israeli experts are upgrading jet fighters for
the Georgian military. According to Nfc,
the bombing was a "sharp message" to Israel.
A Russian fighter jet bombed
runways inside the plant, located near Tbilisi,
where Israeli security firm Elbit is in charge of
upgrading Georgian SU-25 jets.
Dozens Waiting to Make Aliyah from Georgia Eight Jews were scheduled to arrive
from Georgia to Israel Sunday
evening and dozens more intend to make Aliyah to the
Jewish state, once they finish the required paperwork. Representatives of
Russian Aliyah agency Nativ
will provide the Olim with Aliyah
permits. The Georgian government claims Tbilisi's
international airport was damaged Sunday after being bombed by Russian jets,
and it is not clear if flights will be able to take off in the coming days.
Russia's foreign minister denied
the Georgian claim, Russian news agency Interfax
Russia is not denying reports that
it bombed a military airport in a suburb of Tbilisi twice.
Media is Pro-Georgian
Russian Deputy Foreign
Minister Gregory Karasin said Sunday that
international and western press coverage of events in Georgia were biased in favor of the Georgians.
"The West behaved
strangely in the first hours of the attack on South Ossetia,"
Karasin said, and added that "the U.S.A.'s
negative attitude" would be "taken into consideration in the future
in contacts about other global questions." The US
says it will ask the United Nations to condemn Russia's
actions in Georgia.