Posts Tagged ‘India’


Modi Visit Signals Historic Shift In Indo-Israel Relations

editor 5 July 2017

By Madhu Purnima Kishwar.. Indians admire the courage with which tiny Israel has held forth against hostile neighbors out to exterminate the Jewish homeland. Narendra Modi has made high profile visits to countless countries after he became prime minister of India. But no other visit excites as much enthusiasm and optimism among the informed public in India, especially Indian farmers, as Modi’s visit to Israel. (more…)


The India-Israel Breakthrough

editor 5 July 2017

By WRM&SK.. This week, Narendra Modi will make history as India’s first Prime Minister to make an official visit to Israel. As the FT reports, he will be putting the Palestinian issue aside to forge closer ties on defence, agriculture, tech, and trade:
Mr Modi’s trip, which begins on Tuesday (July 4, 2017), puts the seal on an increasingly close relationship, underpinned especially by billions of dollars in arms sales.  […] (more…)


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…)


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