Azerbaijan eyes aiding Israel against Iran
New allies. And who says Muslims and Jews can’t work together when the chips are down?
What if, even without Washington, Israel were not alone?
Azerbaijan, the oil-rich ex-Soviet republic on Iran’s far northern border, has, say local sources with knowledge of its military policy, explored with Israel how Azeri air bases and spy drones might help Israeli jets pull off a long-range attack.
That is a far cry from the massive firepower and diplomatic cover that Netanyahu wants from Washington. But, by addressing key weaknesses in any Israeli war plan – notably on refueling, reconnaissance and rescuing crews – such an alliance might tilt Israeli thinking on the feasibility of acting without U.S. help.
Azerbaijan is not the only nation stepping up to the plate. Saudia Arabia and several other regional nations, well-aware of where their own survival is buttered and recognizing that the U.S. has currently closed the buttery, are extending their hands.