Last month, two Israeli generals representing Israeli company Global CST, struck a deal with the Georgia’s breakaway state Akhbazia’s president Sergei Bagapsh in Moscow. Under the deal, the Israeli mercenary firm will supply unspecified defense technologies to Abkhanz. The generals involved in the said deal, were – Major-General Israel Ziv, the founder and owner of the security consulting firm Global CST and the former head of the Israel Defense Forces operations directorate, and Meir Khalifi, Global’s latest acquisition and former prime ministerial military secretary to Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu.
In March 2011, it was reported that on the orders from the Zionist regime, Global CST, had supplied 50,000 African mercenaries to Qaddafi. Thierry Meyssan, a French political analyst and founder of Voltaire Network had reported on March 7, 2011: “Major-General Yisrael Ziv played a key role in the war crimes committed in Lebanon in 2006, supervising the bombardment that killed 1,187 civilians, caused the displacement of more than one million people, and destroyed over 15,000 buildings”.
Global CST with help of former Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami was also involved in arming Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, who was the military dictator of the West African nation of Guinea in 2009 – and in Colombia, where Global won a contract to train the country’s special forces and intelligence units to fight the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC (Ha’aretz, May 5, 2011).
Major-General Yisrael Ziv along with former Israeli Minister Roni Milo and his brother Shlomo, former director-general of the Military Industries, and retired Brigadier-General Gal Hirsch were involved in arms sales to Georgia in the past.
Until Georgia-Russian war in 2008 – Israel-Georgia military coopertion was unmatched. In addition to the supply of arms and military training, Israel maintained two military bases in Georgia – thanks to country’s Jewish Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili, a Hebrew-speaking former Israeli. On August 12, 2008, Israeli daily Jerusalem Post had reported: “Georgian Prime Minister Vladimer Gurgenidze made a special call to Israel Tuesday morning to receive a blessing from one of the Haredi community’s most important rabbis and spiritual leaders, Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman”.
Since Georgia’s two breakaway states, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, declared independence in 2008 – Washington’s staunchest ally Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been wooing Georgia’s neigbhoring Islamic Republic. Tbilisi, after its bad experience with Russia and Israel – has accepted Iran as the new player in the regional geopolitical game. Iran-Georgia has abolished visa requirement for the tourists and Iran is building hydro-electric projects in Georgia.
Both Iran and Georgia have very old historical ties. Beginin in 4th century, Georgia was, for a stretches of time, either entirely or partly under Iranian control. Iranian influence can be detected in Georgian poetry, literature, architecture and language.
Akhbazia, as part of Caucasus region, was a Muslim-majority state under Ottoman rule (begining 1570s), but later it was annexed by Russia in 1864. Currently, Muslims make a tiny minority in Akhbazia. The new state of Akhbazi is only recognized by four countries; Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru.