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Monday, February 13, 2012

Iran's Suspicions About Their Neighbor, Azerbaijan

Nadene Goldfoot
Iran is now on Azerbaijan's back about the possibility that Israel's Mossad is making arrangements in their country to have a base.  Azerbaijan is the world's 26th largest country with a majority population of 93.4%  of 8,676,000 people being Shi'a Muslims. They say Azerbaijan is made up of 9 million Turks.  Their government is secular.  Iran happens to be the 6th largest with 98% Shi'a Muslims numbering 76,923,300 with an Islamic state government. 

Michael Lotam, the Ambassador of Israel had been there, and terrorists were arrested for planning to attack Israelis in the country.  That certainly got Iran's attention.  I guess they don't trust their friends. 

The Caucasian Mountain Jews or Persian Jews have been living in Azerbaijan since before the 5th Century CE.  25,000 Jews live there today.  They have more than a 2,000 year history there.  They are said to be descendants of the Lost Tribes that left Jerusalem after the destruction of the First Temple in 587 BCE.  They speak Judeo-Tat or Judeo-Persian.  Azerbaijan was part of the Russian Empire which broke up in 1991.  It's located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and is by the Caspian Sea, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey and Iran. 


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