MembersANALYSIS: How Tensions on Azerbaijan-Iran Border Affect Israel

Israeli official urges President Biden to stop being “naive” and finally face down Iran, which threatens not only Israel, but the region

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: Iran, Azerbaijan
Iranian tanks deploy to the border with Azerbaijan, a Muslim ally of Israel. Photo: EPA-EFE/IRANIAN ARMY

According to various media reports, Iran launched massive drills along the Azerbaijani border, displaying artillery, drones and helicopters. “We do not tolerate the presence and activity against our national security of the Zionist regime, or Israel, next to our borders,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. “And we will carry out any necessary action in this regard.”

And now, according to Bloomberg News, Turkey and Azerbaijan plan on holding a joint military drill near the Iranian border in response. “The Steadfast Brotherhood-2021 drill will take place with the participation of Turkey and Azerbaijan in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan between 5-8 October,” Major Pinar Kara, a spokeswoman of Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense, said in a televised announcement.

Both the Iranian military drill and the subsequent Turkish-Azerbaijani military drill come after Azerbaijan arrested a number of Iranian truck drivers who were sending supplies to Armenia. According to Azerbaijan’s Interior Ministry, the truck drivers were detained for “entering Azerbaijani...

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