‘Close Relations’ between ‘India and Israel’ are no longer a dream that was a favorite pastime of right wing politics of this country – it is a solid reality now. The seeds of this friendship were sown by Narsimha Rao and the burgeoned new plantlets are giving fruit and flowers.
The Congress Party – the so called friend of left leaning and Muslims, did everything to nurture this relationship disregarding the feelings of those Indians for whom the occupation of Palestinian land by Israel is unconstitutional and immoral.
Today, these Congress leaders, now out of power, may shed the crocodile tears against Israeli atrocities in Palestine but they were the harbingers of this curious relationship; Congress Party had written the script that is now played by BJP government with eclat.
In the name of national security, the relationship with Israel is getting thicker and cozier as it is evident from the latest meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly at New York.
After the recent fiasco of armed adventure in Gaza, Netanyahu is now at the receiving end of the international flak. He needs some moral support to face the civilized world.
The meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave this palliative booster and he used this opportunity to talk about “militant Islam.” Isreali media understably highlighted the occasion and the carried detailed reports of this first meeting between heads of governments of both countries in a decade. There is a paradigm shift in Indian polity and policy towards the Israel’s barbarism against Palestine.
Now India understands what Israel is doing and doesn’t feel necessary to condemn them in strongest terms. According to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper – “Modi, who took office in May after a major electoral upheaval, is considered a bit exceptional in the Indian political landscape since he holds pro-Israeli views which he does not hesitate to express publicly. ………Netanyahu sees Modi as a leader who is likely to have an impact on the nature of relations between their countries.”
Netanyahu, according to the Israeli media , wants to establish a national cyber-defense authority and proposed bilateral cooperation with India in this area. PM Modi responded with equal warmth
“I agree with [Prime Minister Netanyahu] that India-Israel relations are historical. I met this morning with the people from the Jewish community, American Jewish Committee, and they all appreciated that there is a deep recognition in Israel that India is the only country where anti-Semitism has never been allowed to come up, where Jews have never suffered and lived as an integral part of our society. There was a time in the city of Mumbai that Hebrew was officially taught in the university and even one of the mayors of Mumbai city was from a Jewish family.”
The USA is still considered the biggest guardian of Israel though President Obama is the first US President who had tried to restrain Israel and put its war ambitions in check against Iran. However, when Mr Netanyahu called Iran a greater “threat” than the ISIL Takfiri terrorists fighting in Syria and Iraq in his speech at the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly on Monday, the US registered instant rejection of the recent comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli premier had claimed, “ISIS (ISIL) must be defeated… But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war.”
The State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington disagrees with Netanyahu’s assertion, adding that the White House would like to show that Iran’s nuclear energy program is peaceful during the ongoing talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of world powers.
In the name of ‘national security’ nothing much could be argued against the flourishing relationship between Israel and India. However, there should be a sound balance between parameters of truth, justice and human right violations on one hand and vital national security interests on the other.
By: Naim Naqvi
Related articles across the web