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Pure Friendship or Vested Interest? Israel-Azerbaijan Relations Explained

Armenia decided to recall its ambassador to Israel following allegations that the Jewish state has supplied Azerbaijan with advanced weapons and provided military support to Baku as escalations over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region erupted again.

Israel officially maintains neutrality over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority region that is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has enjoyed de facto independence from Baku for decades.

The region remains at the heart of a raging conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, who have been engaged in a fresh round of hostilities since last Sunday, accusing each other of carrying out provocations along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Even though Israel is not taking sides in the conflict, Arye Gut, an Israeli expert on Israel-Azerbaijan relations, who played a pivotal role in shaping the relations between the two countries, says it is clear that when the choice lies between Baku and Yerevan, the Jewish state will always prefer the former.

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