The news item headlined “RAW chief consulted MI6 in build-up to Operation Blue Star” (Jan. 16) did not come as a surprise. Countries around the world have similar arrangements. In one such incident, the GSG9 of Germany helped Israelis during the raid on Entebbe airport. In 1979, the U.S. helped train Saudi forces to break the Makkah siege. The King of Morocco was protected by Jews, and Israelis shared their intelligence inputs (The Spymasters of Israel by Steward Steven). After signing the peace accord with the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin first visited Morocco on his way back from the U.S. The current controversy is just another one for the media to report on.

Sunil Pradhan,

Nuapada, Odisha

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