Israel Follows Super Powers Lead on Genocide Recognition

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Since Israel is a small country–it follows the posturing of the international community–that is why Israel has not recognized the Armenian Genocide–said Israeli ambassador to Georgia.

Ambassador Gidor told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that "until powerful countries such as Great Britain–the US and France do not take a concrete position on the [Genocide] issue–Israel will not be the first.

He stated the Jews have been the ones who have addressed the Armenian Genocide issue internationally–citing Ambassador Morgenthau and Franz Werfel as examples.

He added that all Israelis are cognizant of the "realities of Armenian history in 1915."

In discussing recent efforts by Azeri presidential advisor Vafa Guluzade to befriend the Jewish lobby in Washington–Gidor said that it was understandable for Azerbaijan to posture itself toward the Jews–since they have a very powerful lobby in Washington.

The ambassador explained that the Azeri move is to counter another powerful lobby in Washington–the Armenian lobby.

"Thus–it is completely understandable that Guluzade would seek the assistance of the Jewish lobby. It is its right to hope–but I don’t know how much of those wishes will come true," said Gidor.

The discussion with the Israeli envoy centered around the opening of an embassy in Armenia–which he said would not happen since–Israel was in the processing of closing 10 of its 107 embassies around the world.

While serving as ambassador to Georgia–Gidor also oversees diplomatic matters in Armenia.

He said–for the first time–Armenia-Israel relations were based on open dialogue and discussion–and expressed hope that a scheduled trip to Israel this fall by Armenian foreign minister Vartan Oskanian would further enhance relations.

Gidor added that there was interest in the Israeli business community for investment in Armenia–explaining that Israel might venture into the diamond or gold business in Armenia–as well as food trade.

The ambassador said there were few countries in the world that have friendly relations with both Iran and Israel and Armenia was among.

He expressed hope that those relations could be utilized to bridge that gap. He listed China and Russia as the other countries.

"We do not want to have any problems with Iran. If Armenia is willing to help us on that issue–we would be grateful," commented Gidor.

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