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26 October 2010

India-Israel Relations: Strategic Interests, Politics and Diplomatic Pragmatism

26 Oct 2010

Israel National Defense College, Herzliya & University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

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"This monograph is published by Israel National Defense College* with the partnership of the Reuven Chaikin Chair** in Geostrategy, University of Haifa, Israel.
*Israel National Defense College is the highest educational institute of extensive and in-depth studies of National Defense as well as International Affairs factors, including various relevant components and their interdependent relations.
**Reuven Chaikin Chair in Geostrategy, University of Haifa, Israel researches issues of national security, which have spatial expression such as natural resources and their distribution, population spread, physical infrastructure, and environmental elements. [...]
The author of the monograph is Dr. Itzhak Gerberg, a former Consul General of the State of Israel in Bombay (Mumbai) and a Research Fellow at the Israel National Defense College Research Centre and an expert on India's International Affairs.

India-Israel Relations: Strategic Interests, Politics and Diplomatic Pragmatism.
This monograph contains a complete and clear overview of all aspects of the bilateral relations between India and Israel. The monograph concentrates on the relations between India and Israel. The State of Israel, which had been established in 1948, was recognized by India on 18 September 1950. However, the two countries established full diplomatic relations only on 29 January 1992. Indo--Israeli relations from 1948 to 1991 had been characterized by partial pro-Arab and anti-Israeli foreign policy. India's foreign policy towards Israel reflected its self-interest in the Middle East as well as its traditional sympathy with the Arabs and had been influenced by India's commitment to the Non-Aligned Movement and the sentiments of the Indian Muslims. In 1992, a significant diplomatic change occurred when India and Israel established full diplomatic relations. Consecutive Indian governments in power had an influence on the Indian foreign policy towards Israel but despite the slowdown ever since 2004, the bilateral relations between India and Israel in general and their defense relations in particular are continually evolving in a positive manner concentrating on the convergence of strategic interests between the countries.

The monograph in pdf format can be obtained from: http://web.hevra.haifa.ac.il/~ch-strategy/images/publications/India-Israel_relations.pdf [a 1.48 MB downloadable file - ed.]
Limited number of hard copies of this monograph can be obtained, upon request, from: igerberg--at--ymail.com - ig."

Table of Contents:
* Acknowledgments p. 3;
* Abstract 4;
* Introduction 8;
* The Transformation of India's Relations with Israel in 1992 9;
* India-Israel bilateral relations in the international system 11 (Military interests 11, Counter-terror interests 12, Intelligence interests 14, Foreign affairs interests 14, Economic interests 16, Geo-strategic interests 17, Nuclear power interests 18);
* India-Israel multilateral relations in the international system 21 (Third World and the Non-Aligned Movement 21, United Nations 22, The United States of America 23, Jewish-American organizations 24, Russia 24, China 26, Central Asia 28, Globalization 29, Muslim World 30, Pakistan 31, Arab World 32, PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) 35, India as an acceptable international player in the Middle East, conflict 36);
* National system as a level of analysis of Indo--Israel relations: politics, society and individuals 37 (Traditional pro-Arab and anti-Israel policy of the Congress party 37, Nehruvian tradition of pro-Arab policy 37, India's political approach to Israel 38, The domestic Muslim factor in India 39, Pressure groups 40, Leadership of individuals 42);
* Key Changing Circumstances 44;
* Indo--Israel Relations after the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations in 1992 49;
* Convergence vs. divergence of strategic interests of India and Israel 49;
* Joint strategic interests 50 (Diplomatic relations 50, Defence relations 53, Economic relations 55, Counter-terrorism cooperation 57, Intelligence cooperation 58, Space cooperation 58);
* Common strategic interests 59 (Science and technology cooperation 59, Nuclear power policy coordination 60, USA 61, Russia 62, Geo-strategy 62, Asia 63, Central Asia 64, Pakistan 64);
* Divergent strategic interests 66 (United Nations 66, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) 67, Energy and oil 68, People's Republic of China (PRC) 69, Iran 70, Islamic world 72, Arab world 73, Palestinian Authority 75);
* India Israel relations on the level of national system: politics,society, and individuals 82 (Indian political system 82, United Front (UF) governments 83, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) governments 84, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments 85, Pressure groups 85);
* Conclusion 91;
* Selected Bibliography 92.

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