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Updated: August 14, 2012 00:29 IST

Break free of U.S.-Israel shadow

    Vijay Prashad
    Prabir Purkayastha
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India should throw its weight behind the aspirations of the Palestinians and stop subsidising the Occupation

The Arab Spring changed the political topography of the Middle East. Stalwart regimes of the old order gave way to democratically elected governments. Since 1979, these old regimes have provided an element of “stability” that favoured the aims of the United States and its local subsidiary, Israel. Despite the deprivation and the prisons for the populations of the region, oil continued to flow and Israel remained unthreatened. Indeed, an annual subsidy from the U.S. exchequer to the Egyptian army provided the monetary gesture for Egypt to uphold its peace agreement with Israel. Absent a threat from Egypt, the Israeli armed forces enjoyed an asymmetrical military advantage over Lebanon (with invasions by Israel in 1982, 1996, and 2006) and over the Palestinian lands (with a sustained occupation of its rump territories since 1967).

No such decisive advantage remains, since a popularly controlled Egyptian army of the near future might not allow Israel such carte blanche. On July 25, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak signalled the shift with a call for confrontation with Iran, “The events of the Arab Spring, which have gradually evolved into an Islamic summer, show that at the ultimate hour of decision we can rely at the moment of truth on ourselves alone.” The old pillars have fallen. The U.S. may no longer be able to bribe Israel’s neighbours to uphold a one-sided peace. Israel seeks new allegiances, including from far-off India.

Boycott-divestment-sanctions

In the U.S., another Spring blossomed several years ago. After the 1967 Arab-Israel War, a section of the Jewish American population offered its unadulterated support to Israel. This bloc provided the mass base for Washington’s Israel Lobby, which put pressure on the government to back Israel regardless of its occupation of the Palestinian lands. Peter Beinart’s The Crisis of Zionism (2012) shows that a new generation of Jewish Americans refuses to give Israel such an unquestioned commitment. A survey sponsored by the old guard found that young Jews want an “open and frank” discussion of Israel’s policies, that “young Jews desperately want peace” and that “some empathise with the plight of the Palestinians.” They now see that the road to peace does not travel through the West Bank Wall, neither via Israel’s violation of the 4th Geneva Convention with the settlement activity.

The shift in attitudes came alongside the coming of age of a young Arab American population, soured by the racism that followed 9/11 and the wars in the Arab lands. It had an ear for the developments in Occupied Palestine, where the Israeli armed forces had ratcheted up the violence from 2000. A conference at Berkeley in 2001 repeated the Palestinian call for “boycott-divestment-sanctions” against Israel. As Omar Barghouti, one of the Palestinian leaders of this movement, noted, it was time to “besiege Israel’s siege.” The BDS campaign flourishes, growing out of the enclaves of the Left into the mainstream. It has begun to pressure U.S. lawmakers on an issue that was seen as settled, namely their loyal support for Israeli policy.

India’s historical support to the Palestinian cause was dampened in the 1990s when the government sought a new equation with Israel as part of the general pro-U.S. foreign policy tilt. Under the BJP-led government (1998-2004), relations between Israel and India hardened, with intelligence cooperation and arms sales as the cement. By 2006, India registered a record purchase of $1.6 billion of defence equipment from Israel. The head of Israel’s Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Department Major General Yossin Ben-Hanan told the Economic Times in 2007 that India was Israel’s biggest customer. Over the course of the past five years, India continued to buy Israeli equipment, although both governments are chary about releasing data.

Israel’s flagging economy has been buoyed by its arms sales sector. The government-owned Israeli Arms Industry (IAI), the Israel Military Industries and the Rafael Arms Development Authority anchor Israel’s 150 defence firms, which collectively employ 60,000 people and earn revenues over $4 billion. India has been buying missile systems, radars and early warning systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and field guns from Israel. On March 8, 2012, the Indian Ministry of Defence banned the Israel Military Industries for 10 years over a 2009 bribery scandal, where Israeli bribes opened doors at the Ordnance Factory Board of India. Selling arms is central to the Israeli economy, and selling arms to India has become essential at any cost.

A new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute shows that India remains the world’s largest importer of weaponry. It estimates that over the next 15 years, India will spend $149 billion to buy arms. The U.S. remains the largest arms dealer. The projected increases in India’s arms buying have set in motion frenzy in Israel’s arms sector.

As India increases its purchases from Israel, it underwrites Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian lands. The volume of India’s imports helps Israel’s government-owned arms industry more cheaply manufacture weaponry that is essential for the Israeli army as it smothers Palestinian dreams of freedom in the moth-eaten Palestinian territories.

At the fourth BRICS summit in March 2012, its Delhi Declaration publicly entered the fray regarding Middle East peace. It called upon the countries of the region and the U.S. and Europeans to move toward a settlement of the conflict based on “the universally recognised international legal framework including the relevant U.N. resolutions, the Madrid principles and the Arab Peace Initiative.”

India is torn between the Israeli-U.S. game plan for the Middle East and the BRICS potential. It is, on the one side, trying to distance itself from Iran, building up new alliances with Saudi Arabia and increasing its arms and intelligence links with Israel. India has backed the U.S. policy to isolate Iran, with Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Nirupama Rao indicating that India is to adhere to its path of cutting off oil imports from Iran. As the Israelis and the U.S. move to war with Iran, the Indian public response has been anaemic, notwithstanding the six million Indian nationals who reside in the region (and the untold suffering to Iranians in the event of a war on that country). Seventy per cent of Indian oil comes out of the Straits of Hormuz, and any war on Iran would be cataclysmic for India and for the Global South’s potential to weather the turbulence of the global recession. India has also intimated an affinity with the West’s orientation toward the dangerous situation in Syria.

On the other hand, India tried to work with the BRICS agenda on Libya (it abstained on the U.N. Security Council resolution 1973, authorising force against Qadhafi’s regime). India proposed a U.N. draft resolution on February 18, 2011 that called the Israeli settlements in the occupied lands “illegal” (the first resolution vetoed by the Obama administration). India also participated in the lead-up to the diplomatic conference in Ramallah (West Bank) on illegal settlement activity. On August 5, 2012, the Israeli government refused to allow the delegations from Algeria, Bangladesh, Cuba, Indonesia and Malaysia to enter Ramallah for this conference. As a consequence, India and the other Non-Aligned Movement members boycotted the conference. Hanan Ashrawi, on the executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, said in response: “Israel is trying to not just lay a physical siege but also a political siege. We need to be able to move, to breathe, to act as a member of the community of nations. We cannot constantly be under the boot.” The issue of settlements returns to the U.N. in November.

Hard dance

India’s is a hard dance to sustain. It, however, makes sense given the national interests of the ruling sections in India. Their global ambitions move them in the direction of the U.S. and Israel, but the values of the freedom movement and of the non-aligned period of Indian foreign policy, not to mention the question of Indian national interests, pull in another direction. There is no easy arithmetic in the world of international relations, which is precisely why it is necessary for India to stay clear of the binding association with the ossified policy agenda on the Middle East of the U.S.-Israel. As the document Nonalignment 2.0 put it, India should avoid the “escalating rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia,” with the latter aligned with the U.S. and Israel.

India needs to join the new spirit of the Arab lands and throw its considerable weight once more behind the aspirations of the Palestinians. That India subsidises the Occupation is morally indefensible. It is imperative that more pressure be brought on the government to reconsider its web of arms purchases and intelligence agreements with Israel. The largest democracy in the world is ill-advised to stand on the side of colonialism.

(Vijay Prashad is the author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (New Delhi: LeftWord Books, 2012) and is on the advisory board of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Prabir Purkayastha is with the Delhi Science Forum and the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.)

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"India needs to join the new spirit of the Arab lands and throw its considerable weight.."! Only Muslim Arabs throw weight to Indians. When Arabs started six day war, they openly said that they are going drive all the Jews to the sea to die! After six day war, Saudi Arabia black listed India for trade & oil export even though India supported Arabs! When India keeps "thrown" Indian Kashmir pundits in refugee prisoner camps these authors talk about "throw its weight" The authors should ask or throw considerable weight to all Islamic Republic States to become secular states.

from:  Shanmugam
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 18:58 IST

Without even getting into this whole aspect of whether this
ridiculous idea of intermingling foreign policy with defence
needs makes sense, I would like to point out that the author has
NOT done his homework on the economic situation of Israel.

Israel is turning out to be a Gas power. It has found Gas
Reserves far more in excess of what it needs and has the means to
export it. So the author is making a big mistake in his basic
assumptions. I hope the next time, author does his homework
before making such outlandish proposals, that will make India
loose with no gains for anybody.

India is a fringe player in middle-east foreign policy, dominated
by USA,Iran,China and Russia. You need to be a permanent member
of Security Council to have any clout. The whole world knows
this, but the author does not seem to understand this basic fact.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 18:37 IST

The author disingenuously paints Israel as the villain and the
Palestinians as being suppressed. If the Palestinians would only accept
the right of Israel to exist and promise not to send terrorists and
rockets there, peace and mutual prosperity would break out almost
immediately. If the Israelis were to disarm themselves unilaterally,
they would be annihilated. It is the Palestinian leadership, beholden
ultimately to Iran, that appears to be standing in the way of peace and
prosperity of their own people.

from:  Mark Stol
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 18:10 IST

India has a choice: It can be true to the vision and ideals of it great founding leaders or get deeper into the mire of neo-liberalism. It seems to have chosen the latter which is leading to the increasing corporatization of the Indian State and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a `privileged' small minority. A yawning gap has emerged and is widening between the few haves and the unwashed masses. This can only lead to greater destabilization.

from:  Sohail Zahid
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 00:56 IST

There is a serious lesson in this article. Just like Dr.Kalam has shown the way of indigenization of missile technology, We have to indigenize arms production to suit our special needs.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 22:18 IST

NO true political entities are friends. They all do what serves their
interests best. This is rightly so; after all their primary interest
should be the welfare and interests of their people. However, India
would do better throwing it lot with US-Israel as they are both fairly
open, democratic and are in a position to help India. Palestinians on
the other hand have indulged in and supported terrorist attacks and are
not likely to 'get their act together' any time soon.

from:  Govindarajan Sampath
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 20:00 IST

@Syed Kabir Ahmed, I disagree with your views.India is one of the largest buyers of oil, but it is neither subsidized nor free.It is not a favour to India. On the otherside India is a major source of water for both Pakistan and Bangladesh.None of the Muslim country, ever support India against Pakistan`s overt and covert wars, to destroy and harm India.Neither they support India on Kashmir even though there are around 180 million muslims in India.Why should India side with Muslim world against Israel.Israel is a major source of techonology of highest class not only in field of defence,but also, agriculture.Why you call Israel an illegitimate country when UN recognized it..India must develop good relationship with Israel.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 19:24 IST

A biased article reeking with anti-Israel propaganda and falsehoods. It is a shame that such vitriol has been published in a
paper of repute such as The Hindu!
The central premise to the entire article is the claim that India
under writes the Israeli state - a claim that the authors have not
shown a shred of evidence to support beyond conjecture, rhetoric and
moral sophistry.

The claim that Israel is somehow kept in "check" due to the Egyptian
military's passivity is again another myth given that Israel swiftly
and soundly defeated the Egyptians to take control of the Suez once
already. Since that time Israel has not lost its edge.

Finally, perhaps the greatest disservice this article does it claims
that supporting Israel is anti-national and tries to twist patriotism
into hate

from:  Prithvi
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 16:23 IST

The authors membership of the Washington and Delhi chapters of the "Academic and
Cultural Boycott of Israel" is telling in itself. Opposition to the Jewish state has morphed over
time into a sophisticated worldwide operation encompassing "think tanks" & "
humanantiarian groups" amongst others. Some groups believe themselves righteous enough
to ask Indians to shun Israeli films, theatre, books, academia; essentially sever the very links
which kindle fraternity amongst mankind. The truth is, Isreal remains its own harshest critic.
Disagreement and civil contest for democratic power has been rooted in the countries history
and present identity. Observe the current debate over the orthodox community and military
service in its parliament- the Knesset. The Middle East must emulate the democratic politics
of Isreal not simply in coups and revolutions but the daily deeds of democratic dissent and
accommodation witnessed in its Jewish neighbor. Peace will follow surely.

from:  Priyali S
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 14:59 IST

This article enunciates a “left - minority” view point on Indian foreign policy, which is more of clumsy idealism than suits to our national interests or geo-political realities. Any active engrossment in a long persistent and highly polarized issue like Arab-Israeli conflict is not going to help Indian economic or political interests anywhere. A Via Media approach is much more suitable than romanticizing on Arab or Iranian “civilizational relationships”.
The portrayal of Indian arms purchases from Israel as subsidizing Palestinian occupation is a shortsighted and subjective viewpoint. Israel was the only country, which was willing to sell anti-missile systems to India, even when US was reluctant. Many Muslim countries like Egypt, had diplomatic and trade relationship with Israel, so why not us? Musharraf was also trying to establish some sort of relationship with Israel, which finally failed due to internal resentment.
As far as Pakistani enmity is on our door-steps, and they use religion as their trump card to their best advantage, we must be very careful in playing our cards smartly. Many of the existing regimes in Middle East follow a foreign policy which is predominantly faith-driven. The idealistic utopia’s, like the one suggested by the authors have only academic value.

from:  Yathy Pattali
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 14:44 IST

Kind attention of Hindu editors. Don't suppress views by readers like me. This is my third mail to air my comments. Be positive and a balanced media.

@Neil Roy. Who supplies the lifeline of our country's crude oil requirements? Its the Middle East countries. Not Israel or France. Israel can only supply you arms and ammunition. Israel for its purposes to achieve may use any sort of ways to get through.Israel is really working hard to get the much needed oil from Iraq! It has used often the passports of the countries which are its friends for clandestine purposes.

@Arun Iyer. Well said. Almost all the comments supporting Israel lack the reality and are blinded on the facet of Israel's agenda, which has already taken over US and Europe. A state like Israel was created destroying native Palestinians and depriving their rights. India doesn't need to be another 'chamcha' for Israel.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 14:43 IST

Thank you for this article. We can consider ourselves a truly sovereign nation only when we make decisions that reflect our hard won independence and support the independence of other colonized peoples like the Palestinians. It is a real shame that we are spending such huge amounts on arms, most of which are being used, as we speak, against the people of Kashmir, the tribal people of central India and those of north-east India. At the same time vast portions of our population suffer for the want of basic necessities. As long as we remain the lackeys of imperial powers like the United States, our "independence" is nothing but a delusion.

from:  Arun Iyer
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 11:15 IST

Israel continues to set the standard on democratic governance in the Middle East. Greater
cooperation with the Jewish homeland is not only in democratic India's interest, it should be
for the Arab world too. Frankly, it is time for India to place its support more firmly in the public
domain, such as the United Nations and not conduct our relations with such cloak and
dagger. Let the people of Isreal know, India which has no history of anti semitism, remains
committed to upholding an international order which respects the sovereignty of Isreal- a
commitment several Arab countries ( & Pakistan) seek to undermine. Unfortunately,
domestic pandering to hard line religious minorities forces our country into conducting our
business of State with Isreal in the back room. The legitimacy of rising religious parties in the
Arab Winter also seems to hinge on their increasing hostile rhetoric to Isreal. Conclusion,
India must maintain its national interest inspite of regressive domestic pressure.

from:  Nandini Shah
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 10:38 IST

Which country stands by us in Kashmir issue ?? Iran or Palestine ?
We supported Palestine we were the founding members of OIC then what Pakistan and the so called Muslim Ummah kicked us out of there ? Where was Iran, Palestine and Arabs..
There were only 2 countries that supplied weapons to us during Kargil, Israel and France, and Author proposes to forget one of them and instead support Jehadis who cannot help themselves how can they help us in any international forum.

from:  Neil Roy
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 09:13 IST

I do not feel that India has anything to gain by supporting the Palestinian cause at the cost of its support to Israel. The decades of support that we gave to the Palestinians did absolutely nothing for India in terms of making the Arab countries see it in a favourable light. Has there been any action on the part of these countries to assist with India's problem with terrorism? Have they even condemned it in any concrete way?
The recent cooperation of Saudi Arabia has more to do with India's pro-US tilt than that of its support to the Palestinian cause. Non-aligned politics is irrelevant in this day and age. Israel and India deal with the same issues of terrorism, and should cooperate further.It is time to stand tall with countries like the US and Israel and

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 08:07 IST

India's national interests, values and aspirations all align better with secular, democratic, innovative Israel. Why would India give up relations with such a natural fitting partner and align itself with the Islamists in Palestine who have nothing in common with India and who have nothing to offer to India?

from:  Kumaar
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 01:41 IST

@ Venkat: It seems you miss a pertinent point made in the article. It is that procuring arms from the illegitimate entity israel, India is indeed supporting the entity to secure its tyranny on Palestine and its people.
Personally speaking , India would do well to come together with Russia, China, and Iran to boot imperialism out of the region which would take care of its puppets including pakistan.

from:  Sohail Zahid
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 00:47 IST

Richard Nixon once said US foreign policy should be based on the
economic benefit of USA.Since India got independence our foreign
policy got messed up on the way.Even though we were not sided with
either super powers(in name only) we were with Russia.When China
invaded India, Russia openly sided with the little brother China.Then
what is the benefit? Times are changed now;our goal should be economic
benefit.We are not self sufficient in defense and none of the Arab
countries going to help us in a critical moment.In my opinion if we
side with Palestinian's we are opening a door for Kashmir issue.In
Israel's case it is their survival;why we get in to their mess.These
Arab nations don't want to see any democracy pop up next door.

from:  TPaul
Posted on: Aug 11, 2012 at 00:02 IST

The article claims that we are subsidizing occupation of Palestinians because we are the biggest buyer of Israeli arms.
this is a very strange argument. Do not we have the free will to buy arms any where we deem fit? Are the authors of this article unaware of the indignity heaped on India in Morocco when India was not allowed to sit in the Muslim Conference even though we have one of the largest Muslim population in the world? Who did Palestinians vote for? Do they want India to follow the utopian Nehru's foreign policy in 21st century? Sovereign India's national policy should be dictated by the geopolitical situation prevailing around it and what is in its best national interest,not by discredited axioms. Let India throw it weight for just solution like UNO resolutions in this regard. It is quite another thing that no just solution to Arab-Israel disputes can be found as long as Israel has veto power over American foreign policy.

from:  Jagmohan
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 23:15 IST

India should be guided by its national interest, it has no luxury to indulge in anti- this or anti- that in the name of non-alignment (which was never non-aligned anyways). Israel is one country which came to India's help at its time of needs such as 1971 war or the Kargil war. It has provided cheaper alternatives to sophisticated defense equipments as well as technical expertise in irrigation, farming etc. A friend in need is a friend in indeed!!

from:  Jitendra Dutta
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 22:31 IST

The writers are very passionate that India should change its policy towards Israel and other Middle eastern countries. The passion is not matched by their logic in why that should be done; at least the logic, if there is one, is not evident in the article. Coming right down to the brass tacks, what advantage will India get – promised or even presumed, in assuming a Pro-Palestine stance? Will the Arab countries and Iran first sell us oil at reduced rates in exchange for such a movement? Will the Middle Eastern Bloc pass an UN resolution denouncing Pakistan on the Mumbai terrorist attacks? Will the Palestenians help the Kashmiri Pundits issue? There is no earthly purpose to this article except to make vague complaints about “morally indefensible”. On the other hand actions inimical to the US and West will invite sanctions and then the petrol price will sky rocket to Rs. 100 a liter. Bad advise, this article.

from:  Mukundagiri Sadagopan
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 21:58 IST

we either go for universal brotherhood or confine ourselves to national interest. we can not get/want both a time.As my views completely based on above equation and i want India to choose National interests as first priority i can not appreciate this article.

from:  srinivas
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 21:40 IST

The author's heart goes for Palestinians and so called Arab nations,
so vividly. But instead of thinking so deeply about this tedious
issue, he should focus on many domestic problems we are facing.
He is not getting into that what we will get by supporting Palestinian
cause & what 'll loose by breaking ties with Israel. If i m correct in
remembering it was only Israel in the middle east which supported us
during Kargil war NOT the Arab countries, who always take religious
lines while it comes to India- Pakistan issue.
Leave it, even having one of the largest population of muslims, these
Arab countries even denied us membership of OIC, because they never
think we are a secular country but a Hindu one. Its none other than
only our few politicians of ruling party who on daily basis call us a
so called secular nation.

from:  Vineet Kumar Singh
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 21:02 IST

Every country's actions are motivated by self-interest. India can't allow itself to become a martyr but what it needs is a balancing act. It needs both US-Israel and Iran. Sadly, it comes down to diplomatic rope walk and that is the reality, however, harsh it may sound.

from:  vinod
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 20:36 IST

On the one hand, the author says that India shouldn't allow Israel to
bully Iran, and on the other it says that it should stand with the
Arab nations who support Palestine and are also opposed to Iran.

India's national interest should drive its foreign policy. It is not
aligned with any other nation any more than its interest would dictate
it to. India purchases arms from where it can get them at low cost and
high efficiency. India supports those causes that are important to
India. India is not anti-Israel, and there is no need for it to be.

from:  Gayathri
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 20:33 IST

India's stance toward the Apartheid State of Israel should be clear and unambiguous: We don't like it!

from:  AmericanMuse
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 19:55 IST

Making such loud noise about India's indecisiveness with respect to Israel-Iran crisis isn't doing any good to us. Taking a retrospective look, it is same Iran that legitimizes Pakistan's claim over Kashmir under Indian administration. It is same Iran that backed Pakistan by supplying fuel and logistical support against India during 1965 war. Pakistan was a fuel deprived waring nation during 1965, it is the same Iran which is being empathized by dear author, which opened up its channels of fuel to Pakistan's Air force.
It is not about being sandwiched between Saudi Arabia and Iran's rivalry. Neither it is about India being a mime member in this dialogue. In a longer term, blossomed relations with Israel and being highly pro-active these days, The U.S of A would be in India's interests. We've so far got a troubled neighborhood. Taking stand in the Sinai is going to worsen up our international stature while opposing Jewish bloc and The Vetoed America.

from:  Mihir Shah
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 17:45 IST

No, national interests should be paramount. Israel can contribute a lot to us which Palestine cannot. Palestine stands for an independent Kashmir which is something we can't allow. "High on idealism" and short of substance is a stupid mistake which a lot of Indian leaders have made in foreign policy. Dont forget, Israel stood by us in our nuclear tests when the whole world shunned us. By cutting off ties with Israel, India will be the biggest loser in terms of defensive technology. Indian establishment in general should get out of its leftist-liberal orientation and only think of national interest.

from:  K.Kumar
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 17:38 IST

The readers who have given their opinion against the author's Mr.
Vijay and Prabir have forgotten the illegitimate birth of a nation in
Middle East in the year 1948. No country which believe in dignity and
honor more than any other ideology will support Israel as nation,
its continuous holocaust in occupied land, possessive of WMD,
eliminating rivals against international laws, and so on. The article
is just a leaf in explaining the danger pose by Zionist against a
store of misinformation campaign of the West.

from:  khaleelullah
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 17:32 IST

Good analysis from univeral human rights perspective. But lets face the reality. Does our opinion or stand really matters in this issue? The way we are struggling to secure a permanent security council seat shows where we really stand in the international arena.
Right now we are not in a position to sympathise or take sides. For now all we need to look after is our own country. We need to make friends from which we can gain. I am sure if we have problem with our neighbour, the palestinians are going to side with our neighbour and not with us no matter who is right. So as far as the Israel-Palestine issue is concerned, India should stand in the middle. We mean business. Period.

from:  John
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 17:25 IST

India is an emerging nation that requires a lot of external support to
pull millions out of poverty and USA as well as Israel are of more
advantage to India.We need to think of our own people.India should be in
a position to influence Israel in case it attacks Iran because war on
Iran will effect the fuel supply of the nation.Over the period of time
the over dependence on Iran should be decreased and India should
sideline with Israel for its own better.

from:  Bhola Singh
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 17:10 IST

(Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel), it shows the inclination towards boycotting and serving the interest of the organization,authors are part of. In view of Indian interest,what national interest it serves if india inclines towards Palestine,other than loss of intelligence and technological support in agriculture from Israel and a huge support from USA in different areas.A nations foreign policy can't only be ruled with sentimental issues only.we can differ on certain matters with Israel and we differ also as shows the recent moves regarding U.N. resolution on illegal settlements.Absenting from Syrian resolution was the best choice MEA did,since the violence is triggered by both sides and the Assad government had also been promoting minority in syria for decades.The best way is to follow U.N. in Israel- Palestinian issue, rather than thinking India, as big a power which can risk loss of friendship, both from USA and BRICS.

from:  Vikram
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 16:11 IST

Many details are here. Global politics move, work and revolve around Israel as the axis. Israel wresting control over Pentagon and influencing world matters is still to be studied in detail and on a larger context with history in mind. But Jews and Israel impact every country and the world. Not many are aware of this reality. During the course of 4 decades, your editorial had taken strong stance/stand with regards to Palestine and Israel. India's Foreign policy is controlled by foreigners from post-Nehru period so it is called foreign policy. Can india come out of the designs of Israel driven polarised world? is a big question. India lacks policy makers, for example like Henry Kissinger or Senior Bush... OR several Fed Bank Chiefs of USA....

from:  Sastri Arunachala
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 15:38 IST

I totally disagree with the author.
National interests should be paramount and no other prejudice should come in path including faith and unrealistic ideals. I heard Pervez Musharraf speaking in couple of interviews on heightened need of normalizing ties of Pakistan with Israel. I see only National interest speaking and nothing else.
I strongly urge Indian Government to follow the Policy by which our Global ambitions and Goals are fulfilled and not to go by silly arguments.

from:  Pradeep
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 15:33 IST

Good Article! with profound thinking stressing more about countries
interest.It is not all about palestinian it is about our international
participation in impended international issues and how we are involving
in dealing with it. However the ways it has been emphasized and wanted
to be dealt,is not that easy at that level. indeed good analysis..

from:  J.S. Bharat
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 15:29 IST

Such an one-sided article does not create image of "The Hindu" as neutral media. Our relationship should be rooted in reality and based on what serves best for us - it should be logical and beneficial and should not go by just idealistic sentiments more so when those sentiments are not to our benefit. let us ask few questions
1) Did we ever say we want friendship only with Israel? If Gulf states insist on that it is their problem
2) Those states which insist on us breaking relationship with Israel just because they don't get along with Israel - are they prepared to break relationship with Pakistan if India insists so. Friendship should be mutual you can't expect me to do something which you don't want to do
3) It is portrayed as if Israel depends on this arms contract alone. Most of these are state of the art and if Israel wanted it could have sold it for anyone
4) Can these Gulf states provide us these weapons?
5) What is the stand of these states onf Kashmir - quid pro quo

from:  Sathya
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 15:17 IST

India should build strong relationships with israel. Israel just like India lives in a very hostile neighbourhood. Islamic terror affects both countries and unlike Israel, India suffers in silence. India and Israel need to collaborate on how to defeat terror from neighbouring countries. The author of this article needs to open his eyes and remember that no Arab countries have helped India in its fight against terror. They just turn a blind eye. Israel and India are brothers in a very troubled neighbourhood.

from:  vipul dave
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 15:13 IST

India should stay from these issues. It should do what is good for India and not to bother about middle east. It should abstain from any voting on any issues it doesnot matter to India.

from:  reddy
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 15:05 IST

This is a very good article and highlights the political hypocrisy in India which has led to us totally ignoring the Palestinian occupation and the complete disregard for human rights by Israel. Palestinians are in a position far worse than Indians were before 1947 under the British rule. It is unacceptable that India buys arms from the very country which treats defenceless ordinary people likes criminals after evicting them from their own lands. The moral fabric in Indian society is reflected in some of the readers' comments where convenience is valued higher than right and wrong and profit is placed bebfore dignity and justice.

from:  GN
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 14:56 IST

I have read articles on The Hindu exhorting the Indian Establishment
to always maintain good relations with Iran. One important reason
common to those articles was the vast oil resources of Iran. In the
same sense, is it not logical for the Indian Government to have
cordial relations with Israel, a country which uses top-notch
technology in manufacturing defense equipment? While no one has a
second opinion on nations living in harmony, one must not turn a blind
eye to the fact a nation's policies should primarily be formulated
based on its own needs and not on some 'good-to-hear' gospels.

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 14:48 IST

Mr. N.G. Krishnan,
None of the incidents stated above would come anywhere near United
States Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iraq
killings. And we should forget the fact that we have got nothing to
gain from relying too much on any country; US or Israel or Iran for
that matter. What author was trying to prove that India's national
interest will be upheld if India does not cut Oil ties with Iran just
because Hilary Clinton would like to do so. We have enough raw
material develop indigenous technology on our own. And we should also
think about the RIGHTS of America or Israel to dictate terms to India
Iran or any other country on how they should rule. Who are they? What
moral or political right do they possess on having a say on any other
country's political situation? Why don't they do anything against
Israel's atrocities in Palestine?

from:  Hashim
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 14:43 IST

I strongly disagree with the author. Non allignment was a right path
for us but during the cold war, now we have to be on Israel's side.
The Delhi declaration of BRICS was by five countries not by India
alone. To counter Pakistan in any of terrorist activity on Indian
soil (which I am quite sure after watching Pak news channels on
youtube they will try to do in future), having Israel and probably US
on our side will be a great advantage. Lets not forget that Israel
has always been a friend to us in time of need as they have decided
to help India in any way possible after Mumbai attacks.
I personally think that we have supported peace for a long time and
got our people killed in Mumbai attacks and various bomb blasts
across the country.
Indian government condemns Israeli military actions in Palestinian
territories for just Muslim votes but it buys arms from them in large
scale.

from:  saurabh kumar
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 13:30 IST

Typical drivel from leftist dinosaurs!!! Why are we so enamoured about the Palestinians? Is that because these are Muslims? If yes, by the same token we should be protesting against oppression of Uighurs in Xinkiang by China. However we don't hear a single voice, save protest on this from our secularists and also from any of the Muslim countries.
Israel holds promise, it is a progressive state and ready to help India in all the fields. Everybody including the Chinese are cultivating them.. Pragmatism should be the cornerstone of our foreign policy and I'm glad India has outgrown the non-alignment crap.

from:  Milind
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 13:19 IST

The author convineintly forgot the help given by ISRAEL during the
Kargil war. What did we achieve by supporting Palestinian cause for so
many years? Their support to Pakistan on Kashmir? Shame on people, who
take help at the time of need and forget when not needed. These kind of
people are called opportunist.

from:  Vikas
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 13:15 IST

India's foreign policy has always been Pro-USA. And since Israel is a major ally of USA. India can not go against it. But besides it as a leader of third world,India has to support the cause of Palestine also.By doing this India is setting a examples of its Non Alignment Movement policy.

from:  Sandeep Singh
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 13:03 IST

1. The west has supported Arab Spring revolutions and indeed
contributed to the same.

2. The relations between India and Israel are purely bilateral in
nature and India has benefited immensely in areas apart from defence
like agriculture.

3. When the Islamic world does not do anything meaningful for the
Palestinian cause, what can India try to do and achieve? In reality
our so called non alignment 1.0 was mostly lip service (Ref:
Afghanistan)

from:  Jeeves
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 12:45 IST

Our policy towards Israel should be India-centric. In all the times of India-Pakistan conflict, the West Asia Muslim states bloc stands behind Pakistan, as a whole. The anti-Indian terrorist groups are getting petroldollars from these states only. Let not the oil alone decide our policy.The arrogant declaration of these states to wipe out Israel from the map should not be supported by us. As for as surrounded by unfriendly neighbours , India and Israel stand alike; it our natural ally.The article lacks this vision.

from:  Seshadri.J
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 12:14 IST

I disagree. . I am glad that Indian foreign policies have undergone
a welcome evolution to suit post-cold war realities, for self-
preservation, sensibly so in the world where it preservation
invariably precedes ethic and morality. Author in his typical
leftist hurry to condemn America and Israel, has painted an
unrealistic and highly prejudicial picture of Arabs as saintly white
pure victims of Zionist terror. A more balanced and reasonable view
point would have tempered with fact of general Islamic Arab world
view. Very notion of democracy is considered as infidels weapon to
harm Muslims. The hegemonic Islam and Arabism is actually stamping
out small minority communities. The Armenians suffered genocide,
deportation, and dispersion under Turkey, Assyrians, and victims of
massacre in Iraq, the Maronites sufferings during civil war in
Lebanon, Copts being forced out of Egypt in large numbers, and
millions killed in Southern Sudan by Arab of north.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 11:50 IST

Article is high on idealism less on hard Indian interests. Israel can export it's vast technology both in defense and agriculture. In a rain deficit year, it is necessary to see Israel technology in farming in arid land, the same can lift millions of farmers out of poverty and feeding millions others in BPL.

from:  surya
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 11:32 IST

Very good analysis on foreign front. Indeed, we are a confused state. We should have a clear stand on these issues but we 're far away from the consensus. Our policy maker should take the risk to take the right decision. A common men can understand and analyze this situation then why can policy maker hesitating.

from:  Pankaj Sharma
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 11:25 IST

India's Foreign policy can be compared partly to our prime ministers
policy of "Middle path" or a middle path with a bent in the direction of
western politics.Hence what we are essentially seeing is the dynamics of
such politics and when the administration feels it has crossed the line
it pulls back and compensate for the crossing over.What India is trying
to do here is what China was doing post 2001 for getting trade and
economic advantages....It is difficult to say in the current political
climate whether this would pay of or will be doomed..

from:  Dinoop Ravindran Menon
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 11:18 IST

The best foreign policy quote came from thomas jefferson 'peace commerce
and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances winone'.The
last thing india should do is creating a new enemy for itself.We should
not get involved in this unfortunate conflict.We should remain friends
with both Israel and Palestine.We should remember that it was Israel
which supported us during Kargil war when no arab nation was supporting
us. Israel is also helping us in modernizing our armed forces. we
should not get involved in this conflict and pick sides and get
ourselves into trouble. We should concentrate on our own domestic
problems. What are we doing when in our own country illegal
BBangladeshis violate our sovereignty and up agricultural land and
forests. Lets concentrate on our internal affairs and stop worrying
about the conflicts in middle east.

from:  Satish
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 11:00 IST

While I fully support Palestinians, I doubt if it is possible for India to do anything tangible to help their cause. Historically, Palestinian people have been betrayed by many, from British Govt. to start with to their own leaders today. This and inept handling of the bad situation by Palestinians and their friends has led to the current plight of these people.
A reasonably just solution may be possible only if the following happen: Palestinians unite under one leadership, other Arab states genuinely help and support them intead of just lip service, acceptance of today's realities by all and willingness to neogiate.
It is naive to think that by cutting trade and tecnologiy ties with Islrael, India will be able to twist its arms to give a fair deal to Palestinians. By such action India may be a loser with Palestinians gaining nothing from the gesture

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 10:53 IST

This is a funny article. I would like the author to explain how relevant
is non alignment to India at the current global situation or what good
that it had yielded till now.It was ok for a nation to chose the middle
path when we were freshly out of the imperialistic grip but a lot had
changed since then.The world is now very much polarized and for sure the
so called middle east countries had sided along the religious lines. For
all the atrocities that was let loose on India from Pakistan, none of
those nations barring a few had condemned it sincerely. So it is not a
sin for India to side along with nations that have gripe with middle
east.After all,we were denied the membership to OIC though we have one
of the largest Muslim population, at Pakistan's insistence and the
support for Pakistan initiated motion at UN . A secular India has every
rights to side with the nation that serves its interest best.The
concept of non alignment is no more relevant to India in the current
world

from:  Sivakumar
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 10:37 IST

Proposing UN resolutions,participating in diplomatic conferences &
abstaining from voting in crucial UN resolutions cannot be considered
as working with BRICS.These are token acts to display its "moderate" stance to the international community.As a matter of fact,India cannot afford to resist the armtwisting measures of Uncle Sam.Until and
unless India grows "defense"ively by indigenious means and
substantiates its economic growth base "Maufacturing"wise ,it will be overshadowed by other superpowers.In buying arms incessantly from
Russia,Israel,US,France ,et al and getting paranoid about growing
chinese military developments,India is fixing itself in a quagmire of
sorts.These acts can never catapult India to super powerdom.Its high
time that the Indian defense establishment stop squabbling among
itself and reassert its reputation by investing in our indigenious
defense research organisations and stop subsidising any kind of
Occupation.If China can do it, then why can't we ?

from:  Murtuza Qureshi
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 10:03 IST

Its an open secret which with certain politicians in our government connive to prosper under CRONY CAPITALISM. yes isreal economy predominantly depends on defence exports, an assesment of isreal's share in indian imports would never be made public by our politicians due to the insecurities that may arise on the muslin vote bank front.
But politics aside India has to take a stand on the peace policies set by the founding fathers of our nation , yes there is'nt any proper regulator or watchdog under which such dealings may be scanned under. India with these procurements are indirectly aiding the isreali seige.
Infact not only Isreal but many such dealings with russia, france and USA are never bought public under the "CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION" garb. so its imperative for corruption to thrive under such conditions.
But Crony Capitalism apart india has to stand for a potrayal of its growth at world stage and support the just cause of nationhood for the palestinians .

from:  Matheen
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 10:02 IST

I think this forum is an appropriate place to talk about our national interests via Israel.
The Israelis were the only ones supplying weapons during Kargil war. Weapons that saved
Indian lives. While most of these palastenians and Arabs support Pakistanis case against us
on Kashmir . We have very few friends in the world, let's not sacrifice one on altar of minority
politics . A free Palestinian state will be another Pakistan, and will inspire terrorists in India to
break away kashmir

from:  Siddharth
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 09:11 IST

We supported Palestine for several decades but,What was the outcome? Arab league prefers Pakistan because, India is county of cofirs!! If Palestine is occupied by Israel,then Tibet is occupied by China!! Why "THE HINDU" is is not questioning that?

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 08:54 IST

India needs to make a principled stand - against any "premptive" attack or sanctions on Iran, while it stands up for the Palestinian people. Their land was effectively stolen from them by the rich and powerful after the second world war. They deserve acknowledgement of the fact and full restitution.

from:  Chayastree
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 08:28 IST

While one may (and I do) agree with the sentiment of getting the Palestinians their due, and agree that Israel has much to answer for, linking trade with ideology is not something nations usually do; unless there is an over-arching national interest in bleeding the other dry. I mean, do the authors also imply that India (or any other nation) sympathetic towards the Palestine cause should refuse to trade with the USA? Because logically speaking its all the USA's doing! How ideological is one prepared to get? China and USA are the biggest trading partners, yet on opposite sides of most international disputes. And does China, for example, pay any heed to morality when it doles out largesse to all kinds of African nations, many of which have dismal human rights records. Or is India supposed to be the moral arbiter of the world?

from:  Atul Gurtu
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 08:19 IST

Rather one-sided article with factual inaccuracies. The article talks about 3 invasion from Israel to Lebanon- but fails to mention anything about Lebanese Hezbollah terror attacks that claimed many innocent Israeli lives that prompted thess 'invasions'. Do these writers think Hezbollah is some kind of romantic guerrillas fighting for freedom, liberty, secularism, and minority & women's rights? Really? Article seems to suggest that arms export is Israel's main income earner and Indian arms sales helped "flagging" Israeli economy!! Israel has a thriving, lively hi-tech economy which has been growing close to 5% for last few years- a fantastic growth rate for a developed economy. By no means is it a 'flagging' economy. As per IMF data Israel exports goods/services worth $65 billion a year. Author’s claim that few billion dollars spent by India somehow sustains Israeli economy and responsible for Palestinian occupation is totally inaccurate.

from:  Prasanth Nambiar
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 08:00 IST

Credentials of the authors makes it clear that they are biased against Isrel. So their views can not and should not be taken seriously. Israel is a great country, fighting Islamic fundamentalism and it is in Indias interest to have good relations with Israel. Islamic Jehadis are biggest threat to Undia and Israels friendship is essential to combat aggressive Islam.

from:  MN Kaul
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 07:51 IST

Both the authors of the article have conveniently avoided mentioning
any solution or alternative arms supplier which India may turn to in
case it does decide to boycott Israel. The arms obtained from Israel
have the triple advantage of being of good quality, not being
prohibitively expensive, and are mostly relaxed on technology control
regimes.

The authors also conveniently forget that almost all the Arab nations
supported Pakistan in all the wars it had with India, discounting all
the moral support India had given to the Palestinians and to Gen.
Nasser during the heydays of the Non-Aligned Movement.

By the way, a large percentage of Israel's population is made up of
the Sephardic Jews, who were forced to emigrate to Israel from
Morocco, Iran, Yemen, Egypt, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries
and lost much in the process, because these regimes couldn't tolerate
anyone religiously different from them. The Arabs shouldn't be
absolved of all blame.

from:  S. Chaudhuri
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 07:37 IST

The authors ignore the ground realities in supporting the Palestinians. Any overt support beyond the 'lip-service' kind will bring in the Kashmir issue to the international arena. The home-grown jihadists and the ones across the border will take it to be a softening of stance by India. Isrealis can be trusted to keep their words (not the US though) and maintian relationships. The Islamic block of which Paltestine is one will not hesitate to turn aginst India should there be a confrontation with Pakistan.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 07:14 IST

It looks our government is now a lackey of US government as we see US state secretary Mrs Clinton blatantly goes to a state government to get political support towards its hegemonism.
The middle class which is vocal, only craves for US visa for their personal benefits at the cost of the nation.
India will no doubt occupy lowest postion in human index at par with Rwanda, Mali etc.

from:  atis
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 06:56 IST

India practices the policies of self-interest like any other country. India makes decisions to minimise the cost of their decisions like every other country. India procures defence equipment from Israel and the west for its own defence and not to subsidise any of the activities of a foreign country. India in no position to prevent a war on Iran if the U.S. and Israel decide to attack Iran. India supported U.S. in U.N to prevent a war on Iran precisely to avoid cataclysmic for India. India hopes that the sanctions would diffuse the situation. India is guiding her foreign policy very well through the minefield of international politics.

from:  KVR
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 06:55 IST

Fantastic summary of the situation, and in my opinion, the right advice is offered in this writeup. While India is careful not to publicly choose sides, its arms deals with Israel are disgraceful and immoral. As is India's bowing to US pressure to cut oil imports from Iran. India must take a firm stand against the arm-twisting of Washington D.C.

from:  AS
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 04:29 IST

India should go back to its during cold war and don't just worry about its 'interests' all the time. India to be an ethical nation should care for its all citizens and their aspirations. Just one arrow wont be important than a life, that it kills/spies. Right wings will never understand this in India and will keep opposing Muslims , its welfare and rights no matter what. No justice no peace.

from:  Mirza
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 04:18 IST

Why are Iranian attacks in New Delhi not necessary for us to consider when we disuss India-Iran relations. Should we side with Iran if it practices terror on our soil. This is a ridiculous level of bias.

from:  Vineet
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 04:05 IST

India never supported the Israel actions in Palestine, Gaza or West Bank. The two leftist authors appear as subversive politicians with the face of academic, science and cultural mask in order to attack Israel. India have to diversify its oil purchases in view of US and EU sanctions against Iran or not. India has to diversifying its military supplies in addition to Russia. The Russian military supplies are cheap to buy, but expensive to maintain and repair, and they are of poor quality. The advanced technology and military hardware from Israel is comparable to the US supplies and better than Russian hardware. BRICS is not a political association, but a trade association with diverse political agenda of democratic India, Brazil and South Africa, the neo-communist dictatorship of Russia and the communist dictatorship of China. Many times they are competitors. India has its own political, military and trade agenda differing from these two leftist authors, Israel, US, EU or BRICS.

from:  Davis K. Thanjan
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 04:00 IST

The authors have used a good portion of the article to moan and bereave
the Indian defence purchases from Israel -- perhaps saddened that this
has reduced the Russian share of our defence market. Nothing stops India
buying from the best source while simultaneously supporting Palestinians
aspirations. The authors' affiliations with anti-Israeli lobbies
precludes them from being impartial.

from:  Jay Ravi
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 03:55 IST

An effective campaign to change a bad social policy was the boycott/divestiture of funds from arpartheid South Africa. It allowed a graceful exit from an unsustainable position. World opinion and action helped all parties in South Africa to avert bloody revolt, a repeat of Rhodesia-Zimbabwe. In Israel's case it may be worth negotiating from the standpoint of direct aid to the Palestinians. They need jobs/trade. India has a good name in the Middle East. What if instead of importing Israeli shampoo Egyptians and Jordanians bought from an Indian-backed shampoo factory in Gaza or West Bank? Why shampoo? Go to Amman or Cairo and Israeli products of all sorts abound on every market shelf. If Israel wishes to SELL arms; and make no bones, as an underdog India NEEDS the best arms, India should DEMAND morally reciprocal actions that lead to peace. This path doesnt always work - some are unmoved by morality, yet it won't hurt to include such clauses in every defense contract.

from:  Ed Hayden
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 03:55 IST

Unless the above authors boycott Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for their
repression of Hindus, I will never support any boycott against Israel.
No Arab nation has or will ever help in a conflict with Pakistan. All
Indians must remember during Kargil it was Israel which sent much needed
weapons. No arab nation helped india. " A friend in need is a friend
indeed". Israel is a true friend of India, Both our nation face foreign
funded Jihadis.

from:  Srinivasan
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 03:32 IST

I was very happy to read this article. Mahatma Gandhi used to say that a grave injustice has been done to the Palestinians, and he had written extensively about it. By aligning with a brutal occupier, Israel, and its financier and supporter the US, the Indian government has turned a blind eye to the plight of the Palestinians who are brutalized and humiliated at the hundreds of check points in their own land. Have the Indian politicians, especially the Prime Minister, forgotten so soon, how it felt living under the British occuption? Why is India buying weapons and doing trade with Israel, knowing very well all the atrocities Israel commits - confiscating Palestinian ancestral lands, bulldozing their olive orchards and houses, destroying their water reservoirs, etc - almost daily? As the world's leading democracy, India should support the much abused Palestiians, and do the right and moral thing: Ask Israel to end its illegal occupation of Palestine.

from:  Yesh Prabhu
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 03:18 IST

Palestine must work with Israel. The 52 Islamic countries should help Palestine.
These fifty Islamic countries are dead against India except Iraq .All side with Pakistan blindly in everything including a jihad in Kashmir.
India's national interest lies with Israel for defense, security, and economic development.
The authors have not finished their article not discussing terrorist’s issue which is a main threat to India.
India needs Israel's help for defeating global jihad and for neutralizing India centric nuclear arsenal from Pakistan.

from:  nirode mohanty
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 03:11 IST

This is so sad, that TheHindu considered printing this article. When I
read the article headline and first few lines I knew I should again
check the authors of this article. To me this is propaganda! It could
be for self publicity or of personal reasons. Every country (including
India) has double standards ...and that is International politics.
Like terrorism and support for LTTE (earlier days). Nuclear weapons
treaties is another example. But to isolate a country and highlight
just one area for a specific reason is a dull shade of propaganda.
This is a request to TheHindu, please do not entertain such people,
even if they are relatives of some famous writer. Their views are
biased, its like running an Add and creating misinformation. For a
complete information one needs to paint the full picture, not just for
their point of view.

from:  Vignesh
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 03:06 IST

Does any one know that Yasser Arafat backed Pakistan against India in
international forums?

from:  ashok
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 02:41 IST
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