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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (L) has appointed Arman Hakobyan (R) to the post of Armenia’s Ambassador to Israel; Hakobyan has previously served as ambassador to numerous countries in South America. (Photo: hetq.am)

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Recently the new Ambassador of Armenia presented his credentials to Israel’s President Isaac Herzog, after Armenia sent its ambassador back to Israel following the Second Karabakh War.

Ambassador Arman Hakobyan is the second Armenian Ambassador to Israel. The first one was sacked after two weeks. Before that, the Armenian ambassador was stationed in Cairo, and most of the diplomatic work in Israel was carried out by Jerusalem-born Tsolak Momjan, who has served as Armenia’s honorary consul since 1996, and who accompanied the new ambassador to the President’s Residence. 

However, while some people may welcome Israel upgrading its relationship with another country, I question the wisdom of this development because Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyon is nothing short of being a modern-day pharaoh.

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For example, in 2021, Armenia under Nikol Pashinyon prosecuted human rights activist Sashik Sultanyan, head of Yezidi Center for Human Rights, for trying to raise awareness about the plight of the persecuted Yezidi minority in Armenia. On October 3, 2020, Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) initiated a criminal investigation against Sultanyan, stemming from an interview he gave to the website Yezidinews.am that was published in June 2020. In the charge sheet, which Human Rights Watch reviewed, the investigator refers to several of Sultanyan’s statements to justify the criminal investigation into inciting national enmity among Yezidis, a national and ethnic minority in Armenia.

At the time, Giorgi Gogia, Europe and Central Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, stated: “Although Armenian authorities might disagree with the content of Sultanyan’s interview, the opinions he expressed in it fall squarely within the boundaries of legitimate speech, protected under international law.  The authorities should immediately drop the charges against Sultanyan and ensure that there is no undue interference in his legitimate human rights work.” 

Just as Pharaoh repressed Moses for trying to save the Israelite slaves, so too did Pashinyon repress Sultanyan for speaking up for the plight of his nation in Armenia.   

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Pharaoh hunted down the Israelite slaves and tried to make them chose between drowning in the Red Sea or being slaves once again; similarly, Pashinyan sought to make Azerbaijanis choose between a brutal occupation in violation of international law that led to one million people becoming refugees and one fifth of Azerbaijan being ethnically cleansed of Azerbaijanis, and mere destruction.

Due to his failure in the Second Karabakh War, Armenia is now trying to re-open its embassy in Israel not to build friendly relations with the Jewish people but in order to pull Israel away from its friendship with Azerbaijan.  Just like all pharaohs, they never heed G-d’s warnings and are always looking for fresh schemes to harm the people they seek to enslave.

However, the State of Israel should not give them a platform to do this and should not welcome this pharaoh whose predecessors were close friends of Yasser Arafat within our borders. As Yasser Arafat once said, “We will never betray the Armenians.” 

And I say, the State of Israel should never betray Azerbaijan, who has been a true ally of Israel from the day that they declared independence, while the Armenians historically assisted Palestinian terror groups in Lebanon.

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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