Why is the Jewish state building up the military power of the neighbors of the Russian Federation?
Tallinn signed a deal to buy missile systems from Israel Blue Spear (5G SSM)specially developed for Estonia. Implied that the Estonian navy will receive an Israeli anti-ship cruise missile Gabriel V… Earlier, Israel also signed a contract for the supply of missiles of this type with Finland.
Russia’s neighbors in the Gulf of Finland receive cruise missiles from Israel. Why is the Jewish state building up their military power?
It is believed that the sale of weapons increases the military capabilities of the allies. Arms exports are viewed around the world as a tool to influence the behavior and foreign policy of client countries. In this sense, the United States has adopted a simple formula for assessing utility: the more weapons an importer acquires from America, the deeper he is drawn into the orbit of American interests.
Israel cannot help but understand that with these missiles, Estonia will be able to cut off the vital sea trade route connecting St. Petersburg with Kaliningrad. The width of the Gulf of Finland between Estonia and Finland does not exceed 70 km, and the range of Israeli missiles Gabriel V, according to various estimates, is 200-400 km. Now the fleets of both countries will have these missiles in service.
The Estonian military’s references to the desire to increase the defensive capacity at sea borders are unconvincing. Blue spear – not only anti-ship missiles, they can also be used to strike ground targets. In this case, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad are in the zone of their defeat. It is doubtful that the Estonians thought of this without outside help.
In financial terms, it was also not without foreign participation. Estonia is unable to acquire missiles without the participation of NATO allies, each of which costs about $ 5 million. As for the payment of the contract, the Estonian military budget for 2021 provides for a program to strengthen coastal defense by acquiring coastal anti-ship missile systems by 2026. The project is estimated at 50 million euros, which is enough to purchase only one or two batteries Blue spear… With the length of the sea border of 3,794 km, coastal defense cannot be provided with a dozen anti-ship missiles. And this is another confirmation of NATO’s intentions to prepare the Estonian fleet for a possible blockade of the sea route from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad.
“The Estonian Navy will be able to make a significant contribution to both national, regional and collective defense”, Says Jüri Saska, commander of the tiny Estonian fleet of only 300 sailors, three obsolete British minesweepers and several small, lightly armed support vessels.
“Collective defense” in this context is only military interaction with the United States and NATO. In June, the United States supplied the Estonian Navy with mobile radars (AN / TSQ-288) worth $ 2.7 million to “Support defense and maritime awareness”… This will allow Estonians to carry out target designations for purchased missiles. Blue spear…
The question is pertinent: is Israel not working in the interests of the United States at the Russian borders? Israeli aerospace industry won a tender in the face of fierce competition with the participation of the American corporation Boeing, which produces the Harpoon missile systems, on the basis of which the missiles sold by Israel are created Blue spear… The choice of the Estonians in favor of the Israelis was apparently made on the advice from Washington. And this is far from the first time that Israel is arming the states bordering on Russia.
This was the case with Georgia. Israel supplied weapons there and trained Georgian troops before the armed conflict in South Ossetia in August 2008. Missiles and drones, armored vehicles and small arms, anti-tank mines and cluster bombs were supplied to Georgia. This weapon was used in combat, several unmanned aerial vehicles Hermes-450 were shot down. After the military defeat of Tbilisi, the Israeli Defense Ministry stopped issuing permits for arms trade with Georgia, but not for long. In September 2018, the Ministers of Defense of Israel and Georgia agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in the field of defense and signed a corresponding declaration. Tel Aviv returned to the arms business with Georgia.
In September 2020, the Georgian Ministry of Defense and the Israeli State Defense Technology Company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems signed an agreement on the complete modernization of Georgian air defense systems. At the same time, cooperation with an Israeli defense electronics company was resumed. Elbit Systems, which was supposed to upgrade the Georgian aircraft to NATO standards, equipping it with modern electronic systems.
Israel is actively helping the North Atlantic Alliance expand towards the borders of the Russian Federation. In May, there were reports of agreements between Georgia and Israel on deliveries by the same company. Raphael mobile air defense and missile defense systems for Georgia.
Azerbaijan is an example of military cooperation between Israel and the post-Soviet republics along the perimeter of the Russian Federation. Azerbaijan’s defense relations with Israel are much broader than with Turkey. Israel constantly sold weapons to Azerbaijan, despite the embargo announced by the OSCE in 1992 and the UN in 1993. Azerbaijan was the second largest buyer of Israeli weapons, two-thirds of Azerbaijan’s military equipment was imported from Israel. These weapons, especially UAVs and air defense systems, greatly contributed to Azerbaijan’s military victory in the 44-day Karabakh war in the fall of 2020.
Much of Baku’s military cooperation with the Jewish state is hidden. For example, neither side admits that in 2012 Israel was allowed to use four abandoned air bases in Azerbaijan on the Iranian border. Iran has speculated that Israel intends to use these bases for air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities.
A new chapter has also appeared in the Azerbaijani-Israeli partnership. Further projection of US and NATO power requires Turkey and Israel to normalize their relations. Azerbaijan is ready to act as a mediator between Ankara and Tel Aviv and offered to hold a summit in Baku on energy, military and regional security. This proposal does not apply to Russia.
Israel did not ignore Kazakhstan, with which it also maintains close military ties. Since 2007, military cooperation has developed under programs to modernize weapons, artillery missiles, drones, command and control systems, advanced communications and air defense radar systems. Kazakhstan and Israel signed a security cooperation agreement in 2014 that cemented ties between the two countries in the military and defense industries. There is evidence of Kazakhstan’s use of Israeli surveillance and reconnaissance technologies.
A feature of the defense cooperation between Tel Aviv and Astana is the desire of Israeli companies to create joint ventures for the production of modern types of weapons and their subsequent sale to the countries of Central Asia. In 2019, the defense company Kazakhstan Engineering signed a long-term contract and a license agreement with Elbit Systems on the assembly of Israeli drones in Kazakhstan. The enterprise should become a major center for the assembly, maintenance and modernization of Israeli aircraft not only for the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, but also for export.
Russia and Israel have kept the doors of relations open in recent years. The two countries have a military hotline to avoid clashes in the skies of Syria. Prime Minister Bennett’s first meeting with President Putin is scheduled for October 22. “They will discuss a range of diplomatic, security and economic issues affecting both countries, as well as important regional issues, primarily Iran’s nuclear program.”– said in the office of the Israeli prime minister. The fact that it is important for the Israelis that Iran and Syria be on the agenda of the meeting is quite understandable. Should we not touch upon the issue of the Israeli policy of strengthening the military power of its Russian neighbors? We have the right. After all, Israel would not like the supply of Russian weapons to Hamas.
Cover photo: REUTERS / Amir Cohen
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