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In the past India avoided close relations with Israel in order not to anger Arab and other Middle Eastern Muslim countries with whom it cultivated friendly relations but now this policy looks set to change.

 

The Hindu nationalists BJP government during their last time in power had received Ariel Sharon, which was the first visit by an Israeli PM to India. Now the new BJP government wants to take relations to a new level.

 

The shameful bit is that this special brotherly meeting came at the time when Israel is killing Palestinians left and right in Gaza.

 

A boon for Israel at a time when the world's stance is slowly shifting from blind Israel support.

 

It is also important to note that India's nukes were a threat to peace - a concern the US never tired of articulating - only as long as there were no full diplomatic ties between India and Israel. In early 1990s, India let go of its neutral policy and established full ties with Israel.

 

Overnight, its nukes stopped being a threat.

 

The question now is, how the prospect of Indian-Israeli close relations is going to affect India-Arab/Iran relations?

 

 

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu met today in the first interaction between the premiers of the two countries in 11 years with the leader of the Jewish state saying that "sky is the limit" for bilateral relations

Modi and Netanyahu discussed a wide range of issues including defence cooperation and the situation created by the Islamic State (IS) in West Asia.

During the 30-minute meeting, Netanyahu invited Modi to visit Israel at an early date.

Netanyahu recalled that Modi had come to Israel in his earlier capacity as Chief Minister in 2006 but he now hopes that he could visit as Prime Minister,.

"Apart from these, there were discussions on matters relating to how Israel perceives developments in the region, that is West Asia. Also, Israeli Prime Minister explained their views and vision on talks that are happening between Iran and P5 Plus 1," the Spokesperson said.

The "sky is the limit" in Israeli-Indian relations, Netanyahu told Modi, the Jerusalem Post reported.

During the meeting, Modi, who had met a Jewish group earlier, also mentioned that there was no discrimination against the community in India.

This is not the first year in more than a decade that both the Israeli and Indian prime ministers will be attending the UNGA at the same time. But it is the first time they met.

 

In 2003, Ariel Sharon paid the first visit by an Israeli Prime Minister to India when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister.

 

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/prime-minister-narendra-modi-meets-his-israeli-counterpart-benjamin-netanyahu/articleshow/43784668.cms

 

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The question now is, how the prospect of Indian-Israeli close relations is going to affect India-Arab/Iran relations?

 

Israeli and Gulf Arab relations are the 'love that dare not speak its name", and I use that phrase advisedly.

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Thou wilt find the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those who believe (to be) the Jews and the idolaters. And thou wilt find the nearest of them in affection to those who believe (to be) those who say: Lo! We are Christians. That is because there are among them priests and monks, and because they are not proud. (Al-Maeda 5:82, English - Pickthall)

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Israeli and Gulf Arab relations are the 'love that dare not speak its name", and I use that phrase advisedly.

 

Yes, I thought of that. When most Arab states are already in bed with Israel [a political metaphor not to taken literally but one can never tell], what stops a hitherto very cautious India to let go of its caution and strike up partnership with Israel.

 

What does it say about the direction the Indian foreign policy is taking?

 

It looks to me that as time passes India is more and more adopting to and acquiescing in American-driven security paradigm of the world. The historic restraint and in some cases opposition that India once showed to American policies is now completely gone.

 

In Indian press the new partnership is being reported as an alliance borne out of the threat from Islamists terrorism that both countries face, with ME jihadists being considered Israel's enemies and new Al-Qaidah declaration to start an Indian franchise taken too seriously in Indian media. Hence talks of defence pacts with Israel.

 

And it would please the US as well. More political mileage (which can be used in disputes against Pakistan), more business investment, etc...which has been BJP's stated objectives.

 

Clever Modi.

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