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Islamic terrorism helped bring Israel, India together
Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-28-08 | HERB KEINON

Posted on 11/28/2008 5:53:23 AM PST by SJackson

The Islamic extremist terrorism behind the carnage in Mumbai has, ironically, been one of the engines behind Indian-Israeli ties, which have increased at a dizzying pace since the countries established diplomatic ties in 1992.

Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard outside Oberoi Trident Hotel. Photo: AP

Slideshow: Pictures of the week Efraim Inbar, the director of Bar-Ilan University's BESA Center for Strategic Studies, said Thursday that India, like Israel, "sees the same source of terrorism: radical Islam."

Combating that terrorism has been one of the anchors of the relationship, as manifest in intense defense, intelligence and counter-terrorist cooperation at the highest levels, as well as an annual counter-terror dialogue.

Nevertheless, Indian diplomats traditionally downplay the role of anti-terrorism in bringing the two countries closer together. Highly dependent on Arab oil and with a Muslim minority of an estimated 150 million out of the country's more than 1 billion people, Indian officials are traditionally reticent about emphasizing anything other than the country's economic and cultural ties with Israel.

Inbar's center holds an annual event with the New Delhi-based Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, and he says that while some in India argue that Israel's terrorism problem is different because it stems from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, most of the Indian defense establishment understands that the roots of both countries' terrorism problems are found in radical Islam.

In a paper called "The Indian-Israeli Entente" published in 2004, Inbar wrote that as early as February, 1992, at the very beginning of formal ties between the two countries, India's then-defense minister acknowledged the existence of Indo-Israeli cooperation on counter-terrorism.

This cooperation, which has since continued and crossed party lines with changes of governments in both India and Israel, has involved the exchange of information on terrorist groups, their finances, recruitment patterns, training and operations, as well as comparisons of national doctrines and operational experience.

Likewise, Inbar wrote, "Israel and India learn from each other on border security. Facing the challenge of Muslim fundamentalist terrorism springing from camps inside Pakistan, the Indian military aims at developing the ability to quickly deploy troops inside enemy lines for specific missions." It is this Indian interest in closing its border that has led to large-scale arms deals with India, making Israel its second-largest arms supplier, after Russia.

"Mutual fear of radical Islam, both at home and in their immediate neighborhoods, has cemented Indo-Israeli ties," according to Inbar.

While there was some concern in Jerusalem that Israel's strategic ties with India would decline in 2004 following the Congress Party's defeat of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, Inbar maintains that "business has continued as usual." Nevertheless, he said, there has been a marked decrease in the public nature of the ties, something evidenced by a decline in mutual high-profile visits, which reached a peak in 2003 with the first-ever visit by an Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: indian; islam; jihad; mohammedanism; mumbai

1 posted on 11/28/2008 5:53:23 AM PST by SJackson
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2 posted on 11/28/2008 5:53:51 AM PST by SJackson (http://www.jewish-history.com/emporium/)
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To: SJackson

At this point, it’s obvious Islam is a disease, much like Small Pox, that will require a world effort to eradicate.


3 posted on 11/28/2008 5:58:19 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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Israel and India should join forces to rid the eastern Indian Ocean of priate vessels and then rid Somalia of priates and Ismalists by smoking every last one of them and leaving their carcasses to rot and be picked clean by the vultures.

If Singapore and Thailand are smart, they will then join forces with India to rid the western Indian Ocean of the same scum.

4 posted on 11/28/2008 6:01:25 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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"Israel and India should join forces to rid the eastern Indian Ocean of priate vessels and then rid Somalia of priates and Ismalists..."

These pirates are only following the basic tenants of the Islamic faith. One must remember Islam originated among the bandits who preyed upon the caravans traveling through the Arabic Peninsula when Rome was no longer able to provide security for them.

5 posted on 11/28/2008 6:14:29 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: DJ Taylor

“One must remember Islam originated among the bandits who preyed upon the caravans traveling through the Arabic Peninsula when Rome was no longer able to provide security for them.”

Much like lawyers.


6 posted on 11/28/2008 6:25:06 AM PST by Niuhuru (Fine, I'm A Racist and Proud Of It!)
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To: DJ Taylor

FDR would have used the bomb by now. We could drop a few, kill the nastier cells while mutating the rest of Islamic nutjobs into benign tumors.


7 posted on 11/28/2008 6:26:12 AM PST by Niuhuru (Fine, I'm A Racist and Proud Of It!)
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To: SJackson

From correspondents in Mumbai | November 29, 2008
Article from: Agence France-Presse

THE bodies of five Israeli hostages seized by Islamic militants have been recovered from a Jewish centre in Mumbai after it was stormed by Indian commandos, an Israeli diplomat said.
“Five bodies of hostages have been found. They are Israeli nationals,” Eli Belotsercovsky, deputy chief of mission at the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, said.


8 posted on 11/28/2008 6:42:44 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: DJ Taylor

Goes to show what war the non-Muslim world is in.


9 posted on 11/28/2008 6:49:11 AM PST by Biggirl (HappyThanksgiving!/BlessedAdventChristianNewYear2008-09=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: SJackson

India needs the BJP not the Socialist corrupt soft on terror Congress Party just like Israel needs Likud.


10 posted on 11/28/2008 7:50:15 AM PST by dervish (May God comfort the mourners)
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