Posts Tagged ‘India’


These incredible photos show members of an Indian-Jewish ‘lost tribe’ moving to Israel

editor 16 February 2017

By Josefin Dolsten.. One hundred and two members of the Jewish community in India, who trace their heritage to one of Israel’s lost tribes, are moving to Israel this week (February 14, 2017). The immigrants, who hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram — home to the second largest concentration of the country’s Bnei Menashe community, as they are called — will arrive in Israel on Tuesday and Thursday. The move is being facilitated by Shavei Israel, a nonprofit that seeks to connect “lost” and “hidden” Jews to the Jewish state. [Photo top right: Members of the “Bnei Menashe” Jewish community in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, India, on their way to the airport, Feb. 12, 2017. (Shavei Israel)] (more…)


Israel Signs $1.4 Billion Contracts with India

editor 2 December 2016

By IsraelDefence.. The News Fusion website reports that India signed two contracts worth $1.4bn with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the purchase of two additional Phalcon/IL-76 Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) valued at $1 billion, and 10 Heron TP unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) during the recent visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to IndiaThe contracts were signed in New Delhi on November 16, in the presence of Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michel Ben-Baruch, Director of IMOD’s SIBAT Division, and Indian Defense Secretary G. Mohan Kumar. [Photo top right: AWACS. Photo credit] (more…)


Israel low on China’s geopolitical radar screen

editor 3 October 2016

By Shalom Salomon Wald.. China values Israel greatly because of its stability and strength. Dr. Cui Shoujun’s “The logic of China’s Israel policy” (The Jerusalem Post, September 26), in preparation for the China Policy Conference in Herzliya set for September 29, is encouraging but presents some troubling Chinese trends vis-à-vis Israel. Encouraging because it confirms China values Israel greatly because of its stability and strength. China thinks highly of Israel’s vibrant technology and innovation as it endeavors to become itself an innovation- based economy. (more…)


With Israeli-EU relations strained, Netanyahu looks toward India, China

editor 7 December 2015

By Ben Sales.. European-Israeli relations are at a low point now while Israeli relations with Asia, meanwhile, have been on the upswing. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, sat kiddy-corner in armchairs at this week’s international climate summit near Paris (November 30 – December 11, 2015), talking and laughing. “We have the best of relations, and they can be made even better,” Netanyahu told Modi at the meeting. To which Modi responded, “I am happy that often we can talk easily on telephone, we can discuss everything.” (more…)


PM Netanyahu’s Speech at the Special Knesset Session in Honor of President of India Pranab Mukherjee

editor 15 October 2015

By Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).. Welcome to Israel and to Jerusalem. This is an historic visit. For the very first time, an Indian President has come to Israel – the president of the largest democracy in the world coming to the only democracy in the Middle East. We are all impressed, Mr. President, by the changes India is undergoing in the last few years – its growing economy, hundreds of millions leaving the cycle of poverty, extraordinary development. (more…)


Diplomacy: Shifts happen – India and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

editor 14 July 2015

By Herb Keinon.. The Palestinians can no longer count on an Indian vote for every UN resolution they want passed against Israel, with New Delhi abstaining twice over the last few weeks on these types of votes. India’s left-wing, influential Hindu newspaper ran a story in December (2014) under the headline “India may end support to Palestine at UN.” The over-line to the headline read: “Major shift in foreign policy.” (more…)


How Isolated is Israel?

editor 19 June 2015

By Elliott Abrams.. It’s common to hear about Israel’s growing isolation in the world, and UN votes are sometimes held up as evidence of this. The Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions movement, especially in Europe, is also adduced to show Israel’s increasing isolation. In that context the following announcement is of interest: the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, will become the first prime minister of India to visit Israel. India’s foreign minister made the announcement today (June 2, 2015); the dates are not yet set. (more…)


Don’t Worry, Obama, India’s Got Your Back

editor 27 April 2015

By Vijeta Uniyal.. Under Prime Minister Modi’s [Photo top right] leadership, India has seen a rise in foreign investment; in 2014, the country’s economic growth was 7.5%, higher than that of China. In Yemen, the U.S. Administration watched as Iranian-backed militias disarmed U.S. Marines and seized embassy vehicles, before the diplomatic staff was let out of the country. However, the Indian government and defense forces deserve due credit for conducting a well-organized rescue operation. As President Obama refuses lead the Free World, other world leaders are rising up to speak for it — Canada’s Stephen Harper, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and now India’s Narendra Modi. (more…)


Jewish Dimensions

editor 1 April 2015

By Paula R. Stern.. There exists among Jews a connection that defies time and location. Imagine, if you will, a graph showing the two dimensions, the reality would defy reason. One dimension for a Jew is time. We exist, as all humans, from the time we are born to the time we die, and yet, time for a Jew is blurred – we were born thirty years ago, forty, fifty, sixty…whatever and yet we have ancient souls that we carry within us. This means that the connection between a Jew who lives today and one who lived generations ago is unbroken. (more…)


The Pivot to Asia is a Success

editor 13 December 2014

By Elliott Abrams.. The pivot to Asia is a great success. Trade with China and India has risen rapidly and relations keep improving. No, not the U.S. pivot, which is imaginary. Israel’s. Consider this report in The Diplomat: (more…)


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