Netanyahu visits Muslim allies, drawing Iranian ire

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev  Tuesday [Israeli GPO]
PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev Tuesday [Israeli GPO]

 

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Azerbaijan on Tuesday, making him the first Israeli premier to visit the region in 25 years, according to Times of Israel. He will follow the visit with a trip to Kazakhstan.

Azerbaijan is one of Israel’s principal trading partners. Azerbaijan’s President Illham Aliyev told press during their meeting that his government has purchased $4.85 billion worth of Israeli defense equipment.

According to Jpost, not all are pleased with Netanyahu’s jaunt through the Muslim world, the Islamic Republic of Iran among them.

“It is unacceptable when a Muslim country tries to develop ties with a perpetrator,” Sayed Mehdi Ghoreishi, an Iranian cleric, told the Armenian website Panorama, according to Times of Israel.

“The Azerbaijani authorities must take this into account, as it is unacceptable for the Muslim society.”

Mohsen Pakayeen, the former Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, also complained that Netanyahu’s visit “contravenes Azerbaijan’s commitments to the Islamic community.”

 

12/13/2016 10:32 AM by Menachem Rephun

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