Sunday, April 17, 2011

Split in Israeli-Georgian Relations and activities of Global CST in Abkhazia?

"Split" in Israeli-Georgian relations and the activities of Global CST in Abkhazia?

Joni Simonishvili

I would have said it different, "riding with the fox and running with the hounds."

 Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress, reported that “the seven-member Israeli delegation”, led by Ziv, also includes Meir Klifi, CEO of Global CST, who was Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s military aide until 2009. Israel Ziv, retired major general and a former head of operations at the Israeli General Staff, met with the breakaway region’s prime minister Sergey Shamba.

“Issues related with cooperation in the fields of security, tourism and agriculture were discussed,” Apsnipress news agency reported.

Beyond security and defense consultancy and trainings the Global CST also has a civil division offering strategies in various fields ranging from agriculture to communication and infrastructure.

Global CST was involved in training of the Georgian troops, but the company, along with another Israeli security firm, Defense Shield, reportedly wrapped up their operations in Georgia shortly before the August, 2008 invasion of South Ossetia by Georgia.

NB - is not Global CST the company who Gaddafi hired his 50,000 mercenaries through.  Something interesting is going on here, and it has more to do with a bigger regional game than protecting innocent civilians.

Russian President Medvedev recently met with Jacob Zuma (South African premier) to discuss ways (along with China) of resolving the conflict in Libya. It seems like Israel might have got bored with all their old friends and are forging new alliances with countries whose economies and political systems aren't in complete tatters. I am loving every minute of this horse and poney show.

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