These 22 arrests come a month after Azerbaijan foiled an Iranian plot to kill two rabbis and the Israeli ambassador in Baku. That plot coincided with the Iranian-sponsored attempted attack on the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, and car bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in New Delhi, India, according to a Law Enforcement Examiner source within the Israeli National Police.
An AJC leadership delegation has been in close touch with Azerbaijan officials and met with the country's president, Ilham Aliyev, on several occasions in Baku and Davos, according to an AJC statement.
"At each meeting, AJC voiced appreciation for the country's strong relations with Israel and the U.S., as well as for the vibrant Jewish life that has been a hallmark of the country," AJC officials said.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday blamed Iran for the recent escalation of violence with Gaza, arguing that the Islamic republic is funding terrorists in the coastal strip and Israel will not tolerate terrorists backed by a nuclear Iran, according to Law Enforcement Examiner's Israeli source.
Speaking in front of the Knesset parliament, Netanyahu also lashed out at those who supported Gaza's disengagement in 2005, which prompted Iran's grip on the area and the consequent violence.
He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.
He holds a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice from SCI Technical School in New York City and completed training at the NYC Police Academy, FBI Continuing Education Program, Yale University Administration and Management Certification, and the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) of the American Society for Industrial Security.
Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.