Representatives of the Armenian community of Israel held a protest today, March 26, in the city of Netanya, in front of the Elbit Systems defense company. Participants of the picket demanded to stop supplying Israeli weapons to Azerbaijan, noting that Baku used striking systems during the recent war in Karabakh, including against civilian objects and civilians.
According to the demonstrators, Baku and Tel Aviv signed new arms deals after the end of hostilities in the Karabakh conflict zone last fall.
Demonstrators accused the Azerbaijani leadership of war crimes against Karabakh, chanting “Aliyev is a terrorist.”
“We have gathered here today and demand that Israel wake up and stop signing shameful deals with the dictatorial regime of Azerbaijan. This regime uses Israeli weapons to attack civilians in Artsakh (the Armenian historical name for Nagorno-Karabakh. – Ed.). We all know that Israeli weapons killed thousands of soldiers and civilians,” said one of the participants in a voice-over video posted on the Facebook page of the Armenian community of the Jewish state.
To recall, according to military experts’ assessments, after the full-scale hostilities started in late September in the Karabakh conflict zone, the strike unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, especially the Israeli and Turkish samples of this type of weaponry posed the biggest danger to the Armenian forces that were mainly conducting defensive battles. It was pointed out that the effective use of striking and reconnaissance UAVs by Azerbaijani forces allowed Baku to achieve near-universal superiority in the air theater, where the air defense forces of the Defense Army of Nagorno-Karabakh were unable to “close the sky” during the implementation of enemy tactics such as drone swarm attacks. According to the information coming from the conflict zone, most of the losses of the Defense Army of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) in manpower and equipment were due to the attacks of Azerbaijani drones. However, during 44 days of battles the Armenian armed forces, according to the data of the Defense Ministry of Armenia, managed to shoot down over 260 drones of the enemy, including over 10 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAVs.
Israel has been the main supplier of combat drones for the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in recent years. It is with this Middle Eastern country that Baku has expanded cooperation in the military-technical sphere at the fastest pace. There are UAV assembly plants operating in the biggest republic in the Caucasus under Israeli licenses.