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India & Israel: A Wrong Alliance 1/4
by Shahul Hameed
2008-10-17 09:31:22
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India has had unambiguous support for the Palestine cause for many decades. In 1975 India recognized the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the 'sole legitimate representative of the Palestine people'. In 1980 it granted full diplomatic status to the PLO mission in Delhi.

In the Pre-Independence Period, Gandhi, Nehru and the Indian National Congress had opposed the creation of Israel, and India did not subscribe to the majority plan of a United Nations special committee on Palestine recommending the partition of Palestine. India voted against the admission of Israel into the United Nation in May 1949.

In 1948 Jawaharlal Nehru called a conference of Asian countries in which 15 Asian countries participated. The conference emphasized the value of unity and friendship between Asian countries, opposition to war, colonialism, and world peace. In this conference India’s great freedom fighter Moulana Azad openly favoured helping the Palestinian cause and opposed friendship of India with Israel, as well as advocating the establishment of friendly relations with their countries.

Nehru realized that Maulana Azad echoed the feelings of Indian Muslims; therefore his government opposed Israel for a long period till 1964 and immensely benefited Congress by using Indian Muslims as its vote bank. Afro-Asian Solidarity on anti-Zionism, colonialism influenced India’s foreign Policy in the early post Independence year.


After 1948 India changed the anti-Zionism Policy - Indian government secret relations with Israel. India's first Prime Minister Nehru maintained internal relations with Israel using intelligence officer Krishna Menon for this purpose - the Government of India recognized Israel on 17th September 1950. After India’s recognition of Israel, the Jewish Agency established an office in Mumbai to send Iraq, Afghan and European Jews to Palestine. This agency was soon converted into a trade office and later a consulate.

Sporadic governmental contacts continued between India and Israel in the fifties and the early sixties. This period over 25,000 Indian Jews, mostly from Maharashtra and some of the Kerala, immigrated to Israel. After the end of the Cold War, India began to drift away from non–alignment countries that granted full diplomatic status to Israel. In February 1992, Israel opened its embassy in New Delhi, and India opened its embassy in Tel-Aviv in May 1992. While India-Israeli ties improved rapidly there after.

Between 1950 and 1992, this period India covertly conducted its relations with Israel as it did not want to annoy its Muslim population, the Arab world as well as its strategic ally, the Soviet Union. In 1954 Bandung conference, India put forward an agreement that Israel was an Asian country and a member of the U.N.O therefore Israel should be allowed to join the conference. This Bandung conference started friendship between the India and Israel.

Israel helped India with arms and military hardware during the wars with China (1962) and Pakistan (1965, 71). After the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, India sought Israel’s help to improve the protection of its important people. Since the early-1980s, India's army and army intelligence officers received anti-terrorist training in Israel.

In the late-1980’s, India and Israel were engaged in a secret dialogue over destroying Pakistan’s nuclear facility in Kahuta and signing military agreements. In all these contacts strict secrecy was maintained to give an impression to the Arab world and Soviet Union that India had no ties with Israel.

In 1986 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to the U.S., Congressman Stephen Solarz helped Morris Abraham, a Jewish lobbyist from New York, to establish cordial relations with India. This was a great moment for Israel as a tilt in the Indian Policy towards granting de facto recognition to Israel had emerged. India then announced its decision to formally establish relations with Israel, on the eve of Prime Minister Narasimma Rao’s visit to the U.S. in January 1992.

In the 1990s India sought Israeli experience of crushing Palestinian 'intifada' in order to employ the same in Jammu and Kashmir to squash the freedom struggle. From 1993 onwards fake “counter terrorist” collaboration became quite open. Israel has trained India’s border security forces personnel, notorious for their human rights abuses in Kashmir in exchange for the turning down of India's backing of the Palestine cause.

India’s remarkable change anti-Zionism policy shows the impact of the pro-Israel policy makers in New Delhi. Having been in the forefront of support for Palestinian's freedom fight for decades, India today is a silent spectator, refusing to comment on the Israeli actions in the west bank and Gaza Strip lest it antagonize Tel-Aviv, New Delhi’s newfound trade friend and comrade-in-arms.


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NEW INDIA2008-11-03 21:22:44
Victory to Israel India. Natural allies in 21st Century. Arabs and Pakistanis fuck off.

Hindus and Jews are brothers.

Patriotic Indian2008-12-01 19:26:11
Wait until Indian Rupees will become 200 or 2000 to a dollar, then tell me who are brothers.

Deadly RAW2009-11-15 07:00:31
what have India gained from supporting Arabs??.
So a friend in need is a friend indeed.
Long live India-Israel friendship
Jai Hind

Panicker2010-05-17 11:14:50
Shahul Jee are you an Indian? If you are an Indian what is your problem when we deal Israel. You feel bad about Indian military crushes the infiltrators in Kashmir what is your feeling about all those Kashmiri Pundits who kicked out from there homes. How you feel about Mohammed Ajmal Amīr Kasāb the one who killed 160 Indians in Bombay, and the collateral damage made by his crew. How you feel about China Pakistan Alliance? Why you worry about India become a military power, do you think India will invade some other country?

sam2012-05-28 18:48:06
dear brother deadly raw......
may i know what you mean by friend in need is a friend in deed?how israelies helping india in need?

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