Mohsen Pakaeen

Israeli’s Objectives in Central Asia and Caucasus

Date of publication : December 11, 2017 08:17 am
Israeli’s Objectives in Central Asia and Caucasus

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Zionist regime has been trying to increase its presence in Central Asia and the Caucasus. The objectives and motives behind this are summarized below. 
Ending its isolation: The foreign policy of the Israeli regime since 1950 and the Ben-Gurion Era has been to end its isolation, and Zionism attempts to portray the conflict between Israel and Palestine not as a  problem this regime has with the Islamic world but as a war between Israel and the Arabs. That is why the Zionist regime attempts to establish relations with non-Arab Moslem countries to suggest that it has good and friendly relations with Moslem countries. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Zionist regime found a suitable opportunity to achieve this goal because a number of Moslem countries with secular governmental systems appeared in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Since then, one of the policies of this regime has been to establish formal relations with these countries and magnify these relations based on the policy of ending its isolation.   
Destruction of relations with Iran: Destruction and weakening of friendly relations between Iran and Central Asian and Caucasian countries is another goal of the Zionist regime, and it makes comprehensive use of the media, and of public politics, at different periods through publishing false or incomplete news to make the authorities in Central Asia and the Caucasus pessimistic towards Iran and vice versa. The Israeli regime tries, in harmony with the United States and through activating its public diplomacy, to depict Iran as a threat to the region and to disrupt the Iranian neighborhood policy.
Influencing Russian behavior: Despite having formal relations, the Russian Federation and Israel have serious strategic differences especially regarding the Syrian crisis. One of Tel Aviv’s goals is to be present in Central Asia and the Caucasus (that are considered the sphere of activity and the backyard of Moscow), to negatively influence the relations between Moscow and the governments in this region and, in a way, to contain Russian power.
Cultural influence: The Zionist regime is attempting to exert cultural influence in these independent and Moslem countries through establishing numerous cultural centers under the cover of charity institutions and by employing cultural tools and methods including holding film festivals, book fairs, etc. Espionage, intelligence-gathering activities, support of secessionists, and strengthening the status of the Jewish minorities must be added to what was said above. Of course, despite the extensive cultural activities of Israel to enhance its influence among the people in the region, the relations between Tel Aviv and countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus are considered blameworthy and unacceptable by the Moslem people in these countries due to crimes committed by this regime against the oppressed people of Palestine.      
Development of relations between Israel and the countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus: This has a direct relationship with the type of relations between Iran and these countries. In fact, the more the relations between Iran and these countries are strengthened, the more the relations between Israel and these countries will be weakened. That is why it is necessary for Iran to enhance its relations with the countries in the region, and especially with its northern neighbors, and give these relations priority in its policy of confrontation with Israel. In other words, development of relations and strengthening of trust between Iran and the countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus, especially in the economic domain, can lead to Israel’s isolation.  
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Mohsen Pakaeen, Former Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Republic of Azerbaijan, is the senior fellow at IRAS.

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