Modi diplomacy: Israel can finally talk about defence interests with India

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2016 8:10 am
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About three years ago, when an Israeli ambassador to India was asked about the India-Israel defence relationship – he had shied away from giving a direct answer. The Congress-led UPA government was in power and New Delhi and Tel Aviv used to take great pains at avoiding the discussion on the most-obvious element of the relationship: defence.

So, this week, when Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon addressed the media and declared openly: “The defence cooperation for many years has been central pillars of the relationship. The changing world, changing parameters, changing needs are always something that is on the top of our agenda and always on our radar,” it came as a surprise. He also referred to the tests of the Barak 8 missile, both in India and Israel, as shining examples of joint ventures in the defence sphere.

That is the change in the relationship, as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj heads to Israel and Palestine on January 17 and 18.

The two sides have now come out into the open about their mutual strategic interests, and not just talk about the issues of agriculture, water and renewable energy.

Officials say the change in the relationship has come after the Narendra Modi government came to power.

The first signs were when the Prime Minister met his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA in September 2014 — the first such meeting in a decade. In February 2015, Moshe Ya’alon, the first Israeli Defence Minister to visit India, spoke openly of bilateral defence cooperation.

However, the Indian government – even under the BJP-led NDA regime – is aware of the complexity of the relationship with Palestine, as there are domestic political sensitivities involved.

Thus, a year after his meeting with Netanyahu, Modi met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in September 2015 in New York. And in all public pronouncements, Swaraj and South Block officials have maintained India’s position of support to the Palestinian cause.

This was reiterated not only during President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Palestine and Israel in October 2015, but also in the statements that India has made at the UN over the past year and a half. Part of the diplomatic balancing is in the optics — after landing at Ben-Gurion airport, Mukherjee headed first to Palestine, before returning to Israel.

While the balancing of the relationship will be an integral part of the relationship, indications are that Swaraj’s visit will be the precursor to an exchange of visits at the highest level between India and the region. Modi will become the first Indian PM to visit Israel and Palestine, and top Israeli and Palestinian leaders are likely to visit India this year.

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    Bharat
    Jan 16, 2016 at 3:53 am
    India Israel Bhai Bhai
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      Sirius
      Jan 16, 2016 at 4:05 pm
      India should embrace Israel , not only for technology but also for the lobby influence that it has in US politics.
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        Good.luck.on.the.nails
        Jan 16, 2016 at 3:16 am
        India should also import technology to manufacture nails from Israel, especially those that are used on Ariel bombs that can turn into claymore mines and be ultra efficient in killing people. Sushma Swaraj should prostrate on the feet of Israelites and beg for the technology. We should not forget our pre-3000 year brother and sisterhood that existed before our respective migration towards east and west from Central Asia.
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          Nanjunda
          Jan 16, 2016 at 3:20 am
          What is India going to make? A FAKE? ARYAN-butta invented zero. That is a proof that lickspittles cannot count beyond zero. And for that hey are world renowned bean counters. To appease Israel, Indian tax money is spent. There are many things that is going to come out.
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            BraMINION.Technology
            Jan 16, 2016 at 3:56 am
            See, Indians are so proud that they are going to import defense equipment. The only species that always prides itself in importing all technology. But they publish with the pride that every other country experiences when they export technology. Not a shame at all. brahmin technology: beg where thy thinks thy inferior.
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              Parvati
              Jan 16, 2016 at 3:09 pm
              Israel is not foolish to believe a MINORITY OF SELFISH SCOUDRALIZED STUPIDS COMPRISING JUST 10% AND ABSOLUTELY USELESS IN ANY WAY TO THE NATION. THEY HAVE ENOUGH INTELLIGENCE ABOUT BRAHMINS.
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                Good.luck.brahmins
                Jan 16, 2016 at 12:50 pm
                Jews and brahmins are unnatural allies sure to fail, even in that. Israel is being kicked left right front back top below by European Union, UK, US. Everyday Netanyahu is crying baby in news papers. Sweden is the first country to recognize Palestine. EU will follow. World renowned physicist Steven Hawkings recently refused to attend a science conference to protest Israels macre of 2000 Palestine, out of which 75% were civilians including children. Many in the scientific community all over world are realizing the monster that Israel is. AND TRUE TO THEIR CRIMINAL HISTORY, BRAHMINS ARE ACTING BUTLERS TO ISRAELITES. ONE MORE REASON TO BELIEVE BRAHMINISM IS DESPERATE AND GETTING MORE VULNERABLE BY THE DAY LEADING TO SELF ANNIHILATION.
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                  Ronda.P.Adams
                  Jan 16, 2016 at 11:46 am
                  Israelites and "indo-ARYAN brahmins" they have some pre-historic connexion, may be Stone Age, Barb-aryan. What would that be? I have seen brahmin originated emails projecting Israelites as some super creatures that was audatious and brazen semitist. Brahmins of Brahmin Jokers Party(BJP) are taking India into whirlpool of sure death.
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                    BraMINION.Technology
                    Jan 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm
                    See, Indians are so proud that they are going to import defense equipment. The only species that always prides itself in importing all technology. But they publish with the pride that every other country experiences when they export technology. Not a shame at all. brahmin technology: beg where thy thinks thy inferior.
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                      Varsha
                      Jan 16, 2016 at 11:23 am
                      While the entire world is turning its back on Israel, indics are turning towards Israel. There is no country in the world that considers Israel for its technology. That is just a myth created by their brother brahmins. Misfit(in this world) brahmins are attempting a strategy for their own survival, hoping that when brahminism meets its end, Israel would help. These interactions are just foundation for that. These prove many things among THE LINK BETWEEN ILLUMINATI AND BRAHMINS. They are butchers you see.
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                        good.luck.on.the.nails
                        Jan 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm
                        India should also import technology to manufacture nails from Israel, especially those that are used on Ariel bombs that can turn into claymore mines and be ultra efficient in killing people. Sushma Swaraj should prostrate on the feet of Israelites and beg for the technology. We should not forget our pre-3000 year brother and sisterhood that existed before our respective migration towards east and west from C
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                          David Israel
                          Mar 7, 2016 at 11:37 pm
                          Israel have discret cooperation with moderate Muslim sunite, as they afraid from aggressive Iran and proxy Hizballha and hutis in Yemen. Saudi have close boarder to Israel in Red Sea. Israel never agressed or bullying the holly land of Islam and notary royal princes and even al walid Ben talal prince is doing business with Israel and calling openly to cooperate with Israel , why ? Because we seek peace. Arab understand they can't destroy Israel and thet Israel is better then Islamic regimes
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                            David Israel
                            Mar 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm
                            Israel is going with international Jewry finance and influence get strongly involved in the digital India and make in India huge project on win win basis and this will propulse Indian economy modernization employment and whelth...all countries in world where Jews and Israelis get partnership are prosperous. Israel love and respect Indian nation....and will always help India...stanis know that and they are afraid when Israely submarines are diving in deep waters of Indian Ocean.
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                              MyTake
                              Jan 16, 2016 at 9:43 am
                              A regime which fails to bring like minded together is a failed regime! Congress regime is just one of such regime!
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                                MyTake
                                Jan 16, 2016 at 8:56 pm
                                India and Israel are the two countries in the world who never started the war by attacking other countries first or by going to occupy other people's land first.
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                                  MyTake
                                  Jan 16, 2016 at 9:53 am
                                  Real world peace initiative can start from India. India just got a leader who understands it. Movement of world peace can start right from India as most of the communities are now tired of war or disguised "peace" as seed of future war. Most of them even do not have necessary language for peace formula in their vocabulary or in the culture live or in the air they breathe!
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                                    Adin
                                    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:55 pm
                                    I think it hurts the author's credibility when they don't even know that Jerum and not tel Aviv is Israel's capital
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                                      Victor
                                      Jan 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm
                                      Indians and israelis (Hindus and Jews) should be natural allies.Read the history folks.They are the founding religions,peace loving people do not believe in converting other people to their faith.Jews have been prosecuted .Hindus have been prosecuted as well and by whom? By Christians and Muslims off course. Bravo India for moving forward with israel.
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                                        Prabhakar Somayaji
                                        Jan 16, 2016 at 9:47 am
                                        india should avail the benefits of latest technology of israel not only related with defense, but also in respect of agriculture,solar ,electronics etc so that common man gets the benefits of latest science and technology for better living . this will definitely help india to become a wealthy nation and a developed country in the near future.
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                                          Karunakaran
                                          Jan 16, 2016 at 8:40 am
                                          Israel sells billions of dollars worth of stuff, and India buys billions dollars worth of stuff. The photoshopped Gujjubhai's great achievement indeed! I am sure the next Central Government headed by the stateman Mr Nitish Kumar will try to sell something to Israel. Mr Kumar is educated. Gujjubhai is not.
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                                            Chandrakant Mohan
                                            Jan 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                                            Why not your Allah help Palestine Muslims ? We Kafirs think your Allah is helpless! After all, why did your Allah allow the Jews to establish Israel, in Allah's land, after he had cursed the Jews many a times in Quran?Why wait for Europe and USA to help them, let your Allah help Palestine Muslims immediately !
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