Iran Worried over Georgian Conflict

One important person in the Georgian government who helped Israel get these contracts is Davit Kezerashvili, Georgia's defense minister and a former Israeli citizen who speaks fluent Hebrew.

What could cause worry in Tehran is that Jerusalem is trying to use its influence over Georgia as potential leverage to prevent Russia from selling advanced weaponry to Iran in the future.

Israel hopes to achieve this through its recent declaration that it will no longer sell weapons and systems which could be used for attack purposes to Georgia. This means that instead of selling rifles or RPVs, it will confine its sales to defensive equipment such as communication devices.

This move is likely to win new friends and allies for Israel in the Kremlin. Even if Russia doesn't immediately reciprocate, it might do so in the future. The Georgian experience will serve as a good personal example for Russia's leadership and the threat they pose by supplying sophisticated weapons to another country's enemy, especially Iran, which Israel sees as an existential threat, something far more serious than the Georgian threat poses for Russia.

For now, it seems that Ahmadinejad will be doing his utmost to widen Iran's circle of friends. One notable effort is his upcoming trip to Turkey scheduled for August 14. This has already proven to be controversial. Initially, it was declared as a state visit. However, soon his administration realized that all politicians who are on state visits to Turkey must visit the mausoleum of Ataturk, who is considered to be the founding father of secular Turkey.

To religious Iranian revolutionaries like Ahmadinejad, Ataturk represents everything they oppose. The iconic Turkish leader removed religion from government; Ahmadinejad wants religion to be the center point of government. In order to avoid the mausoleum pilgrimage, he changed the title of his trip from a "state visit" to a "working visit," which means he will only visit Istanbul and not Ankara, where Ataturk is buried.

To make matters even stickier for the Iranian president, Israel waded into the story by protesting to Turkey about Ahmadinejad's visit. While the Iranian government described the letter as "lacking value," Iran's decision makers are aware of Turkey's close relationship with Israel, especially when it comes to the recent peace talks between Jerusalem and Damascus.

It is very likely that Ahmadinejad will use Iran's importance as a supplier of energy to Turkey as leverage to convince Ankara to reduce its support for Israel. Unfortunately for him, he will most likely fail. Like the Russians, the Turks are far more interested in boosting their own regional position than in President Ahmadinejad's friendship.