Israeli expert: Anti-Semitism – form of disease in Armenia
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 2
By Klavdia Romakayeva – Trend:
The US Pew Research Center conducted a public opinion poll on anti-Semitism in Armenia in 2018 and came to very disappointing conclusions, Israeli expert, lawyer, specialist in international law, and international politics Michael Finkel told Trend.
In accordance with the poll, the majority of the Armenian population to some extent shares anti-Semitic views.
All Israeli media outlets reported on Oct. 2 that Armenia was recalling its ambassador, who had recently arrived in Israel. The embassy has not even launched its work yet due to the strict quarantine regime that has been announced in Israel.
Armenia’s official accusation against Israel is that Israel is an ally of Azerbaijan and supplies weapons to Azerbaijan during the war.
“I can only say that love was without joy, separation will be without sorrow,” the expert added. “Israel is not worried about this at all.”
Finkel added that Israel and Armenia have no points of contact, arms sales, ties in the field of security, the energy sector, agriculture, high technology, cybersecurity, and medicine.
“There are practically no Jews in the country, only about 50 people, half of which are half-Armenian,” the expert said.
"Nothing can connect us,” Finkel said. “Even if there is a break in relations, which I do not believe in, I suppose everything will be limited to a temporary demarche. We will not suffer from this."
“We saw that Jewish monuments were desecrated in Armenia, many journalists and public figures express vile anti-Semitic judgments about Israel and the Jews,” the expert said. “They accuse us of anything and even that we were behind the events of 1915. Nevertheless, we are used to it. Anti-Semitism is a kind of disease. If this society suffers from such a disease, I feel sorry for it."
Finkel stressed that the centuries-old friendship between Israel and Azerbaijan is not a subject of bargaining.
"We endlessly appreciate our cooperation in many spheres and do not intend to make excuses to anyone in this regard,” the expert said. “We have supported and support Azerbaijan. We wish Azerbaijan success, victory, and blessings of the Almighty."
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