Skip to comments.Azerbaijan Thwarts Terror Attack Against Israel, Jewish Targets
Posted on 01/24/2012 12:43:11 AM PST by Cindy
"Azerbaijan thwarts terror attack against Israeli, Jewish targets
Security official in Baku links Iran to planned operation; three men detained."
SNIPPET: "Three men were detained last week after planning to attack two Israelis employed by a Jewish school in Baku, the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security has revealed. Meanwhile, an Azeri commentator considered close to the republic's president has launched a scathing indictment of Iran.
The Azeri ministry said it had arrested a cell that planned to "kill public activists," before it became apparent that the intended victims were two Israeli Chabad emissaries, a rabbi and a teacher employed by the "Chabad Or Avner" Jewish school in Baku. The ministry said that the three men, named as Rasim Aliyev, Ali Huseynov and Balaqardash Dadashov, received smuggled arms and equipment from Iranian agents."
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It is heartening to hear about a Muslim country doing this. May I presume that Azerbaijan is Sunni Muslim and has no love for Iran-backed Shi’ites?
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No they are mostly Shia, but most Arabs often see Iranians as Persians and most Arabs hate and distrust the Persians.
Azeris aren’t Arabs, though. There must be something else going on here.
Azeris are a Turkic people.
From reading articles several years ago in the New York Times, I believe I remember that this school was kept open by the personal intervention of a powerful Israeli diamond merchant, originally from one of the now-independent nations of the former Soviet Union, who has direct ties to the Azerbaijan government. The government wanted to shut down the Madrasas and tried to close all private religious schools; the Jewish school stayed open and the radical Madrasas closed.
That's not good domestic politics if you're a Muslim leader.
In other words, this terror plot may have been an effort by the radical Islamofascists to embarrass the Azerbaijani government for personal ties to key Israeli business leaders. Either way the terrorists win: If the government protects the Israelis they get criticized for being un-Islamic, and if they fail to protect the Israelis they face the wrath of Israel.
I'm going from memory here. Others may be able to fill in details.
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