21 October, 2020

'The Secret Part Of Indo-Israel Defence Ties Will Remain A Secret'

Indian passports prohibited travel to Israel as late as 1992, a fact that rankles Israel’s newly arrived ambassador, who discusses Indo-Israeli relations, mostly conducted below the radar.

T. Narayan
'The Secret Part Of Indo-Israel Defence Ties Will Remain A Secret'
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India’s foreign policy in West Asia has undergone a sea change over the past decade from being adamantly pro-Arab to one that also engages Israel. India’s balancing act, often difficult and messy, is a tight one and not always successful. It is important to remember that Indian passports prohibited travel to Israel as late as 1992, a fact that rankles Israel’s newly arrived ambassador Mark Sofer. But Kargil changed perceptions when Israel helped India in its time of need. Sofer discusses Indo-Israeli relations, mostly conducted below the radar. 

What aspects of bilateral relations would you like to stress more during your tenure here?

There is no doubt, the way I view the burgeoning relations between Israel and India in the 15 years since the establishment of relations, the most important is economic cooperation in different fields -- trade, joint ventures and agriculture. We are just about to sign a three-year agricultural action plan with the Indian government which will take place in Rajasthan. We chose Rajasthan...

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