Minutes after the assassination of pro-Israel Azeri member of parliament Fazi Mustafa in the streets of Azerbaijan. (Photo: Azerbaijan Government Press Office)
Relations with Arab countries are warming: this morning (Wednesday) the embassies of Israel and Azerbaijan reopened.
At the same time, the pro-Israel Azeri member of parliament Fazi Mustafa was shot by unknown assailants last night on the streets of Azerbaijan.
The pro-Israel member of parliament - Fazil Mustafa, is known in Azerbaijan mainly for his statements against the coup guards in Iran and in favor of Israel, only a while ago he signed an invitation letter from Azerbaijan to Israeli politicians.
This is an unusual event in the country and the authorities are sure that the one behind the assassination is Iran, the member of parliament was injured in the hip as well as in the shoulder and underwent two surgeries during the night and as of now there is no danger to his life.
Azerbaijani parliament member Rasim Mosvkov.
He told the media: "There was already a case a few years ago, when a member of parliament was murdered. Academician, Zia Bunyatov - one of the founders of the Israel Azerbaijan Friendship Organization."
According to Mosbakov, "This is a Shia Muslim group that was inspired by Iran and is the one behind the assassination attempts. About two months ago, an embassy employee was murdered in Tehran in a terrorist attack, in which the Iranian authorities were blamed. There are solid reasons to think that even in yesterday's case, the traces should be looked for in Iran."
Rabbi Zamir Issev, rabbi of the Sephardic Georgian community in Baku says that "the assassination will not separate the Azeri people from the Jews and Israel, let all our enemies know; we will turn them down; the fire fired at the friend of the Jewish people and Israel will only strengthen the brotherhood between the peoples."
As mentioned, Azerbaijan opened a permanent embassy in Israel today, after 30 years of not having an official diplomatic representation in Israel, and this week the Azeri ambassador, Mukhtar Mamedov, submitted his letter of credence to President Yitzhak Herzog.
Israel was one of the first countries in the world to recognize the independence of Azerbaijan in December 1991 and opened an embassy there in 1993.
Azerbaijan, a country defined as secular, is the first Muslim-Shiite country to open an embassy in the State of Israel.
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said that "The opening of the Azeri embassy in Israel is further evidence of the strengthening of relations between the countries. Azerbaijan is a Muslim country and its strategic location makes the relationship between us of great importance and great potential. I agreed with Foreign Minister Bayramov on forming a united front against Iran and on strengthening Cooperation in the fields of economy, security, energy and innovation. I will soon make a diplomatic visit to Baku together with a large economic delegation, which will further deepen the commercial ties between Israel and Azerbaijan."
Aryeh Zamir, in collaboration with Shuba Israel