Source: Secret IDF material went unguarded in Georgia
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Last update - 08:29 14/08/2008
By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
Israel decided to scale back its arms deals with Tblisi in late 2007 because it believed Georgia was heading toward an armed conflict with Russia.
The defense and foreign ministries started ordering military exports to Georgia be cut last year, thwarting a major deal for Israeli-made Merkava tanks.
Privately-owned Israeli military contractors, like those operated by Major General (Res.) Yisrael Ziv and Brigadier General (Res.) Gal Hirsch, continued training Georgian security forces, though they had reduced their activities over the past few months.
Yet the Georgian President tells us a different story,
'Israeli military aid still flowing in': Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili denied last night that Israel has suspended its military aid to the country.