Will Israel Strike Iran From Azerbaijan?

Steven LeBlanc

Late this week Foreign Policy magazine quotes anonymous American officials saying that Israel has been given access to airbases by Iran’s northern neighbor Azerbaijan, from which Israel could launch air strikes against Iranian military targets.

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has been quoted describing his country’s relationship with the Jewish state as an iceberg: “nine-tenths of it is below the surface.” The government of Azerbaijan has denied that they have sold Israel land for a landing strip.

Israel’s relationship with Baku [capital city] was secured in February by a $1.6 billion arms agreement that provides Azerbaijan with sophisticated drones and missile-defense systems. At the same time, Baku’s ties with Tehran have deteriorated: Iran warned Azerbaijan’s ambassador last month claiming that Baku has supported Israeli-trained assassination squads targeting Iranian scientists, an accusation the Azeri government protested as “a slander.” The relationship between Iran and Azerbaijan is cool at best.

Has Azerbaijan sold land to Israel—it is very possible. Wars and rumors of wars continue (Matthew 24:6).

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