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India-Israel ties: Growing warmth and set to flourish (Comment)

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's November 14-21 visit to came a year after President visited in October 2015. In the meanwhile, Home Minister (November 2015) and External Affairs Minister (January 2016) visited Israel, and Prime Minister Modi is expected to be in the country early next year.

The spurt in high-level political engagements apart, India-relations have been robust with growing cooperation in various areas. No surprise, therefore, that a large delegation of government officials, businessmen and academics was accompanying the Israeli President.

President Rivlin held discussions with Prime Minister Modi followed by signing of an agreement to improve cooperation in the field of agriculture and water resource management. He visited the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture (CEA) in Karnal, Haryana, that has been set up with Israeli assistance, and travelled to Agra where, besides visiting the iconic Taj Mahal, he inspected the "Aqwise" water treatment plant put up by Israel. He, along with President Pranab Mukherjee, also inaugurated the Agro Tech 2016 in Chandigarh.

In one of his media interactions, Rivlin underscored the growing comfort level in bilateral relations, saying: "This is not a friendship we should be hiding."

India-relations have witnessed significant strides in the past few years with growing defence trade and Israeli willingness to share its technological expertise in various areas, including agriculture, irrigation and water treatment. Counter-terrorism cooperation and intelligence-sharing add to the bilateral ties.

Yet, continues to face a dilemma with its support to the Palestinian question. Analysts, however, argue that of late has toned down criticism of Israeli actions against Palestinians. Since the came to power in New Delhi, a degree of openness has emerged demonstrating New Delhi's unapologetic stance over its relations with and support to Palestine.

India's engagements with Israel, especially in defence trade, have grown steadily over the past decade. It is the third-largest trading partner of in Asia after China and Hong Kong, and defence equipment comprise a significant proportion of Indian imports.

With the coming into power of the Modi government, the possibility of further strengthening of defence trade gained ground. Giving credence to such a possibility, in October 2014, decided to buy $525 million-worth of missiles and launchers from Israel.

During Rivlin's visit, away from media glare, signed contracts with Aerospace Industries to purchase two Phalcon/IL-76 AWACS and 10 Heron TP UAVs worth $1.4 billion. An Israeli proposal to jointly develop Heron UAVs with the Defence Research and Development Organisation in was also discussed.

Highlighting the possibilities of partnership with Indian industries in defence manufacturing, Rivlin declared that is ready for both "Make in India" and "make with India".

Further, there has been growing cooperation between and in counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing. The two share similar views with an uncompromising attitude towards any form of terrorism.

Emphasising the need for countering terror of all hues, Rivlin, during an interview with an Indian news agency, said: "Terror is terror, whoever carries it out and whoever are its victims. And we all have the duty to condemn (it) and fight with... against this terrible evil."

He also visited Mumbai and paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 terrorist attack. Addressing a gathering of the Jewish community, he said "Indians are no strangers to the threat and to the reality of modern global terrorism", adding that Indian and Israeli values of "democracy and freedom are strong, and we are defending (them) with all our might".

The highlight of the visit was the focus on cooperation in areas of science and technology, agriculture and water management. An agreement was signed to further strengthen cooperation in these areas.

Israeli technology has been used to improve the irrigation system in arid regions in Rajasthan and Haryana while it has also set up CEAs in 12 locations across six Indian states -- Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu -- under the Indo-Agriculture Project.

Further, has offered to invest in river-cleaning and water treatment projects. Signifying the thrust on cooperation in science and technology and agriculture, Rivlin tweeted before leaving for India: "Filled with pride as I depart for a state visit to to see how Israeli innovation is improving the lives of millions."

Bilateral relations have come a long way and are set to flourish with Israeli willingness to share technology and invest in India's development projects. India's search for a reliable source of technology to improve its defence and agriculture sectors finds a willing partner in Israel. As and prepare to complete 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations, the growing warmth in bilateral ties can hardly be missed.

(Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar is Associate Fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi. The article is in special arrangement with South Asia Monitor/www.southasiamonitor.org)

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's November 14-21 visit to India came a year after President Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel in October 2015. In the meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh (November 2015) and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (January 2016) visited Israel, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be in the country early next year.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's November 14-21 visit to came a year after President visited in October 2015. In the meanwhile, Home Minister (November 2015) and External Affairs Minister (January 2016) visited Israel, and Prime Minister Modi is expected to be in the country early next year.

The spurt in high-level political engagements apart, India-relations have been robust with growing cooperation in various areas. No surprise, therefore, that a large delegation of government officials, businessmen and academics was accompanying the Israeli President.

President Rivlin held discussions with Prime Minister Modi followed by signing of an agreement to improve cooperation in the field of agriculture and water resource management. He visited the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture (CEA) in Karnal, Haryana, that has been set up with Israeli assistance, and travelled to Agra where, besides visiting the iconic Taj Mahal, he inspected the "Aqwise" water treatment plant put up by Israel. He, along with President Pranab Mukherjee, also inaugurated the Agro Tech 2016 in Chandigarh.

In one of his media interactions, Rivlin underscored the growing comfort level in bilateral relations, saying: "This is not a friendship we should be hiding."

India-relations have witnessed significant strides in the past few years with growing defence trade and Israeli willingness to share its technological expertise in various areas, including agriculture, irrigation and water treatment. Counter-terrorism cooperation and intelligence-sharing add to the bilateral ties.

Yet, continues to face a dilemma with its support to the Palestinian question. Analysts, however, argue that of late has toned down criticism of Israeli actions against Palestinians. Since the came to power in New Delhi, a degree of openness has emerged demonstrating New Delhi's unapologetic stance over its relations with and support to Palestine.

India's engagements with Israel, especially in defence trade, have grown steadily over the past decade. It is the third-largest trading partner of in Asia after China and Hong Kong, and defence equipment comprise a significant proportion of Indian imports.

With the coming into power of the Modi government, the possibility of further strengthening of defence trade gained ground. Giving credence to such a possibility, in October 2014, decided to buy $525 million-worth of missiles and launchers from Israel.

During Rivlin's visit, away from media glare, signed contracts with Aerospace Industries to purchase two Phalcon/IL-76 AWACS and 10 Heron TP UAVs worth $1.4 billion. An Israeli proposal to jointly develop Heron UAVs with the Defence Research and Development Organisation in was also discussed.

Highlighting the possibilities of partnership with Indian industries in defence manufacturing, Rivlin declared that is ready for both "Make in India" and "make with India".

Further, there has been growing cooperation between and in counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing. The two share similar views with an uncompromising attitude towards any form of terrorism.

Emphasising the need for countering terror of all hues, Rivlin, during an interview with an Indian news agency, said: "Terror is terror, whoever carries it out and whoever are its victims. And we all have the duty to condemn (it) and fight with... against this terrible evil."

He also visited Mumbai and paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 terrorist attack. Addressing a gathering of the Jewish community, he said "Indians are no strangers to the threat and to the reality of modern global terrorism", adding that Indian and Israeli values of "democracy and freedom are strong, and we are defending (them) with all our might".

The highlight of the visit was the focus on cooperation in areas of science and technology, agriculture and water management. An agreement was signed to further strengthen cooperation in these areas.

Israeli technology has been used to improve the irrigation system in arid regions in Rajasthan and Haryana while it has also set up CEAs in 12 locations across six Indian states -- Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu -- under the Indo-Agriculture Project.

Further, has offered to invest in river-cleaning and water treatment projects. Signifying the thrust on cooperation in science and technology and agriculture, Rivlin tweeted before leaving for India: "Filled with pride as I depart for a state visit to to see how Israeli innovation is improving the lives of millions."

Bilateral relations have come a long way and are set to flourish with Israeli willingness to share technology and invest in India's development projects. India's search for a reliable source of technology to improve its defence and agriculture sectors finds a willing partner in Israel. As and prepare to complete 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations, the growing warmth in bilateral ties can hardly be missed.

(Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar is Associate Fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi. The article is in special arrangement with South Asia Monitor/www.southasiamonitor.org)

--IANS

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(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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India-Israel ties: Growing warmth and set to flourish (Comment)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's November 14-21 visit to came a year after President visited in October 2015. In the meanwhile, Home Minister (November 2015) and External Affairs Minister (January 2016) visited Israel, and Prime Minister Modi is expected to be in the country early next year.

The spurt in high-level political engagements apart, India-relations have been robust with growing cooperation in various areas. No surprise, therefore, that a large delegation of government officials, businessmen and academics was accompanying the Israeli President.

President Rivlin held discussions with Prime Minister Modi followed by signing of an agreement to improve cooperation in the field of agriculture and water resource management. He visited the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture (CEA) in Karnal, Haryana, that has been set up with Israeli assistance, and travelled to Agra where, besides visiting the iconic Taj Mahal, he inspected the "Aqwise" water treatment plant put up by Israel. He, along with President Pranab Mukherjee, also inaugurated the Agro Tech 2016 in Chandigarh.

In one of his media interactions, Rivlin underscored the growing comfort level in bilateral relations, saying: "This is not a friendship we should be hiding."

India-relations have witnessed significant strides in the past few years with growing defence trade and Israeli willingness to share its technological expertise in various areas, including agriculture, irrigation and water treatment. Counter-terrorism cooperation and intelligence-sharing add to the bilateral ties.

Yet, continues to face a dilemma with its support to the Palestinian question. Analysts, however, argue that of late has toned down criticism of Israeli actions against Palestinians. Since the came to power in New Delhi, a degree of openness has emerged demonstrating New Delhi's unapologetic stance over its relations with and support to Palestine.

India's engagements with Israel, especially in defence trade, have grown steadily over the past decade. It is the third-largest trading partner of in Asia after China and Hong Kong, and defence equipment comprise a significant proportion of Indian imports.

With the coming into power of the Modi government, the possibility of further strengthening of defence trade gained ground. Giving credence to such a possibility, in October 2014, decided to buy $525 million-worth of missiles and launchers from Israel.

During Rivlin's visit, away from media glare, signed contracts with Aerospace Industries to purchase two Phalcon/IL-76 AWACS and 10 Heron TP UAVs worth $1.4 billion. An Israeli proposal to jointly develop Heron UAVs with the Defence Research and Development Organisation in was also discussed.

Highlighting the possibilities of partnership with Indian industries in defence manufacturing, Rivlin declared that is ready for both "Make in India" and "make with India".

Further, there has been growing cooperation between and in counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing. The two share similar views with an uncompromising attitude towards any form of terrorism.

Emphasising the need for countering terror of all hues, Rivlin, during an interview with an Indian news agency, said: "Terror is terror, whoever carries it out and whoever are its victims. And we all have the duty to condemn (it) and fight with... against this terrible evil."

He also visited Mumbai and paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 terrorist attack. Addressing a gathering of the Jewish community, he said "Indians are no strangers to the threat and to the reality of modern global terrorism", adding that Indian and Israeli values of "democracy and freedom are strong, and we are defending (them) with all our might".

The highlight of the visit was the focus on cooperation in areas of science and technology, agriculture and water management. An agreement was signed to further strengthen cooperation in these areas.

Israeli technology has been used to improve the irrigation system in arid regions in Rajasthan and Haryana while it has also set up CEAs in 12 locations across six Indian states -- Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu -- under the Indo-Agriculture Project.

Further, has offered to invest in river-cleaning and water treatment projects. Signifying the thrust on cooperation in science and technology and agriculture, Rivlin tweeted before leaving for India: "Filled with pride as I depart for a state visit to to see how Israeli innovation is improving the lives of millions."

Bilateral relations have come a long way and are set to flourish with Israeli willingness to share technology and invest in India's development projects. India's search for a reliable source of technology to improve its defence and agriculture sectors finds a willing partner in Israel. As and prepare to complete 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations, the growing warmth in bilateral ties can hardly be missed.

(Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar is Associate Fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi. The article is in special arrangement with South Asia Monitor/www.southasiamonitor.org)

--IANS

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