Israel Cut Arms sales to Georgia months ago.
- From: jgarbuz <jgarbuz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 21:22:38 -0700 (PDT)
Aug 10, 2008 23:42 | Updated Aug 11, 2008 13:06
'We cut Georgia arms sales months ago'
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Israel has rejected frequent requests for arms from Georgia in the
months leading up to the outbreak of hostilities with Russia, and an
attempt by Georgia to procure missiles from Israel ended in failure, a
defense official told the Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
"Several months ago, we carried out an evaluation of the situation in
Georgia and realized that Georgia and Russia were on a collision
course. We have good relations with both, and don't want to back
either in this conflict," the official said. "We therefore made a
decision to drastically minimize sales of weapons to Georgia.
Frantic requests from Georgia to Israel for military hardware leading
up to the current conflict with Russia set off alarm bells at the
Ministry of Defense.
"We saw that there was a surge in requests for weapons, and we
therefore decided to, in effect, minimize the entire issue. After our
decision, we sold only defensive weapons in small quantities to
Georgia," he said. "If Georgia asks us to send in first aid to treat
casualties, we will oblige. But we will not get into the heart of the
war between Georgia and Russia," he added.
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