considered halting arms sales and services to Georgia, until the war with Russia stops. It's the Israeli
Foreign Ministry that is pushing for the cut-off, in an effort to improve
relations with the Russians. Currently, the Israelis are trying to persuade the
Russians to cut back on arms sales to Iran and Syria (which buys stuff with
Iranian money, as Iran is prohibited by UN sanctions from buying many weapons
directly). The Russians need all the sales they can get in order to rebuild
their decrepit, Cold War era arms industries. But the Israelis have maintained
communications with the Russian government on arms industry issues, and doesn't
want to lose ground.
Georgia is a significant (about $100 million a year), but not major, military
sales customer for Israel. Most Israelis want to help the Georgians. There are
about 80,000 Georgian Jews, which also registers with the Israeli voter.
However, politics won out over diplomacy, and the government decided to
keep shipping. Most of what the Georgians are getting are training and technical
services, and low end military equipment. But the diplomats were able to go to
the Russians and point out that, as long as the Russian navy controlled
Georgia's coastline, and the Russian air force controlled the skies, no Israeli
military goods were getting in. So everyone is satisfied, sort of.