Former IFS official Tilmis Ahmed lives in the past. Relations between India and Israel are at a peak

Dr30 years after formal diplomatic relations were established, ten years after the Arab Spring ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, five years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel, and two years thereafter. Abrahamic covenants, he is no longer open to the argument that relations between Israel and India have changed radically. or is he? Apparently, not just another person, but a former Indian ambassador to several West Asian countries, believes that India wants an “affair” and not a serious relationship with Israel.

In his new book West Asia at War: Oppression, Resistance and the Great Power Games, former IFS official Telmiz Ahmed, referring to a half-decade-old article written by Israeli researcher Dr. Oshrit Bervadeker, told his readers that, in fact, nothing has fundamentally changed in the relations between Israel and India. It’s all in a hurry.

Until the collapse of the Soviet Union, India maintained a pro-Arab policy and a strong adherence to the Non-Aligned Movement Protocol. In 1992, India and Israel entered into full diplomatic relations, but India did not intend to release full cooperation between the two countries until 2014. India has historically supported all UN resolutions in favor of the Palestinians.

Two years before Modi came to power, India co-sponsored and voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution that made Palestine a “non-member observer state” of the UN. Symbolically, the referendum was held on November 29, the same date on which the United Nations General Assembly voted 65 years ago. Compulsory Plan for Compulsory Palestine. In total, 13 states voted against the partition plan, including ten Muslim states. India was one of the few non-Muslim countries to vote against Resolution 181.


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Our experiences

The day Talmis Ahmed’s article was published in ThePrint, we were at a special event at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a group of 90 entrepreneurs and investors from India’s JITO Incubation and Innovation Foundation. Numerous diplomats, academics and businessmen have presented a broader picture of Israel-India relations.

Even as Israeli writers with a unique interest in India, we are surprised by the wide range of issues on which India and Israel work together. But the event didn’t just feature presentations, presentations and statistics. A speaker spoke about the experiences of Israeli diplomats when they came to work at our embassy in New Delhi. India’s love for Israel cannot be compared to any European country. India’s deep appreciation for the state does not depend on any government, it is alive among the bureaucracy and various influencers and the public.

Although it was a private delegation of businessmen known to Israel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did everything to accommodate it, including that the head chef prepared an extensive vegetarian buffet with dishes from Jain cuisine.

Israel’s ambassador to India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan, Navor Kelon, spoke to the delegation about India’s and Israel’s tremendous achievements in agricultural cooperation, with examples from fields that have tripled or quadrupled since the adoption of Israeli technologies. Tell them that Israel has more Indian students than any other foreign country, and most of them pursue advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He also spent some time challenging intellectual property in the Make in India program, which is well known to Indo-Israeli entrepreneurs who want to collaborate on business ventures.

Gopi Shoshani, Consul General of Israel in Mumbai, has been repeatedly praised for his proactive role in promoting the JITO delegation’s visit. In addition to the formal discussion on the decision to sign the India-Israel Free Trade Agreement, there was also an informal discussion on chemistry between Indians and Israelis in the areas of diplomacy, science, tourism, agriculture and of course defense.

JITO chief Siddharth Jin told Israeli Foreign Ministry officials about their love for Israel. One could be sarcastic wherever the businessmen were, but the Indian team members spoke wholeheartedly. It was very clear, and remained so when we walked around the Old City of Jerusalem after the event.

But our intent is that he misunderstood the spirit of an Indian diplomat, his separation from Israel bad, lazy, and sometimes blinded by the current reality, Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel could not really be. Compared to the brief visit to the Palestinian Authority, it was described as a ‘symbolic strategy’.


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Relations between India and Israel now

Our aim is to investigate how someone without a diplomatic background such as Prime Minister Modi better understands West Asia than a senior Indian diplomat with whom WANA (West Asia and North Africa) had a second home.

It is ironic that a politician who has been shunned by the West for more than a decade is coming to Israel, showing open affection for his right-wing prime minister and breaking a long tradition of anti-Israelism, better than his diplomats. Voices in international institutions – Not yet released by the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. No Indian worker will be deported from Dubai or Bahrain as the Indian prime minister has decided to show his love for the Jewish state, and no surprising UN resolution has been proposed on Kashmir.

Today, we are in the era of alliances in the Middle East such as the I2U2 West Asian Quad, and it is clear that Israel’s relations with the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, are deliberately informal. The Sunni camp’s relations with the Palestinians are at an all-time low. Relations between Israel and Egypt may also be at their best since the Camp David Accords were signed in 1979. A delegation from Pakistan was also seen here, where BTV news anchor Ahmed Qureshi Khan gave an interview on 11 national television channels, praised by David Ben – Gurion. state builder. He appears to have been sent home but has backtracked by conducting another Zoom interview with Khan 11 and declaring that he has no regrets.

But Narendra Modi changed India’s policy towards Israel dramatically when the tip of the iceberg of the Sunni-Israel alliance was much smaller than what we see now.


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Expression of mood

In general, Ahmed’s characterization is not just an individual, but an expression of an attitude: an inherent skepticism in the Western world, an unconditional condonation of the failures and crimes of secular dictatorships in the Middle East, the demonization of Israel and Jews as the mystical masters of American politics and power, and a deliberate blindness to the entrenched admiration of the Arab world Israel’s achievements, even at the expense of aligning itself with some destructive and reactionary forces in the whole Islamic world.

Ahmed could not point to a single major collaboration between India and the Palestinian Authority, businessmen or universities for the benefit of Indian citizens. What should Indian diplomacy show from its decades of alliance with the Palestinians, compared to what it achieved with Israel in 2022 alone? Any text taught in Palestinian schools about Jews and Israel in Pakistani study classes should be compared and analyzed with any text about India across the border, which tells readers about the horrific violence. Is this the future he envisions?

When old ideologies of an impractical nature combined with gross prejudices constitute a diplomatic worldview, he has no real chance of performing his professional function and giving intelligent and useful advice to the political establishment.

After reading his curious analysis of Israel-Indian relations, he piqued our interest and took him to Dr. Ushrit Berowadkar turned to see if he still believes that Israel-Indian relations are just a matter. She immediately said “No”. His article was published before the Abrahamic Treaty, which removed India’s ongoing dilemma of choosing sides between Israel and the Arab world. She jokingly drew our attention to the fact that even her name was misspelled by Talmis Ahmed.

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Lev Aran is a former coordinator of the India-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Association, a columnist and a freelance journalist based in Israel. Yeshiya Rosenman is a freelance journalist and a student in Indian and Islamic studies at the Hebrew University. Opinions are personal.

(Edited by Serengai Dai)

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