It has been 25 years of discreet and turbulent relationship
 
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It has been 25 years of discreet and turbulent relationship

Aditya Kakkar
 

Mahatma Gandhi’s oft quoted statement made in 1939, ‘Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English and France to the French,’ does not do complete justice to his politics when it comes to the Jewish nation-state of Israel. He practised a selective use of morality and this complexity is captured in P.R. Kumarswamy’s seminal book, India’s Israel Policy. Gandhi’s complex views determined India’s cool and distant position with the Jewish state for years to come and formal diplomatic relations were only established in January 1992. At this juncture, when 25 years have been completed, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Israel is around the corner, it becomes important to look, both, back and ahead at Indo-Israel relations.

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit is a significant reaffirmation of the strength of the Indo-Israel relationship at the highest political level”, says S. Samuel C Rajiv, associate fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in an e-mail interview. “The Israelis have been very keenly looking forward to India reciprocating Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s September 2003 visit. It is important to note that Israel has been cultivating ties with Asian countries like India, China among others to overcome the continued hostility to its existence within its own neighbourhood. While Israel’s interests have aligned with countries like Saudi Arabia in the recent past due to the perceived threat from Iran, only two of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries recognise Israel diplomatically (Jordan and Egypt).

Indo-Israel relations have improved substantially over the last two decades; publicly in agriculture and water management and covertly in defence and arms trade. India has beaten China to become Israel’s largest arms exporter in the last 10 years while Israel is now one of our largest arms supplier.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin at the ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan in November 2016
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin at the ceremonial welcome
at Rashtrapati Bhavan in November 2016


 
 
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