PM Narendra Modi’s Israel visit significant as both nations face common security challenges

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)

New Delhi, July 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel as being significant as both nations face common security challenges. P K Sehgal told ANI, “Israel and India suffer same problems of terrorism. Thus our requirements are similar. Since both countries have compatibility, both will be able to terminate terrorism. Israel has got some of the finest intelligence sharing and they will share it with us.”

Sehgal said defence, security, technology, education, agriculture and innovation would be areas of discussion.
Sehgal also said that Israel as a small country needs markets, and India provides a huge market. S R Sinho said, “Israel has always supported us. It is an asset to India. This is the first visit of the PM to Israel in the last 25 years and I hope it will benefit us.” Uday Bhaskar said, “Israel is one country, which unequivocally supports India on terrorism. Both the countries have a shared political consensus. 26/11 attacks would also be one of the points of discussion, as along with India, Israel too had tragic experiences, with Jewish being attacked.”

He added that there are a lot of competencies in Israel, which India could benefit from. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Israel, a country with a landmass of just 20,000sqkm, part of the hype is centred around the awe that it evokes due to its demonstrated ability to stand up to a hostile neighbourhood. The visit, coming as it does after the PM’s trips to Russia and the US, has added significance due to the close defence interaction between the two nations; the defence relationship is special due to the unstinted support is given by Israel in times of India’s needs.


With the first ever Indian participation in an air exercise with the Israeli Air Force also round the corner, an assessment of Indo-Israeli relations, especially on air power and defence-related procurement, is in order. Unstinted support to the Arab and Palestinian cause governed India’s public posture till the 1990s. This, however, did not stop behind-the-scenes contacts and the intelligence agencies of the two countries, Mossad and RAW, have continued close cooperation. Declassified documents show that Israel supplied arms in the 1962 IndiaChina war and the 1965 India-Pakistan war, and Israeli defence minister Moshe Dayan made an incognito visit in 1977 to discuss defence cooperation.

After the September 1985 meeting between then, PM Rajiv Gandhi and the then Israeli Premier in New York, defence cooperation came over the ground. Currently, of the total arms imports of India, Israel is third (7.9 per cent) after Russia (68.29 per cent) and the US (14.5 percent). What is significant, however, is that many of the imports from Israel are high technology items, which have been denied by other nations, with air power assets being very significant. The three Phalcon AWACS aircraft are the most valuable of all acquisitions and are the backbone of India’s integrated air defence.


Be that as it may, India needs searcher and imaging innovation, which is tricky. Indian industry can gain from the inventiveness of their R&D, as Israeli firms have stowed incalculable aeroplane update ventures regardless of the host airship being of Russian or Western starting point. Participation in space has been progressing discreetly and Israel has utilised ISRO’s dispatch vehicles for some of its satellites. With ISRO’s authority in business dispatches, the time more business is collected from Israel. In what capacity would this be able to import-subordinate relationship be put further bolstering India’s good fortune?

The appropriate response lies in utilising the Make in India activity creatively. When one considers the three administrations in totality and country security acquisitions (night vision, carbines, et al), the figures are for sure exceptional. While there are some joint ventures on the ground and a production line in Madhya Pradesh to make Israeli attack rifles, the huge number of expected contracts should go about as empowering influences for innovation obtaining and business era.


The political environment cannot be more enabling than the one prevailing now. The representing allotments in the two countries have an ideological draw towards each other and the hardships of the cutting edge Israeli country have numerous admirers in India. There is another interface, that of the Jewish émigrés from India. The nearness of the Indian diaspora in Israel, as they say, can just fortify the relations between the two nations.

Thus, while the collaboration in the field of security and guard, seen through a financial crystal, could fill in as an impetus, the genuine lift to more powerful protection relations would come just from a solid political handshake. All pointers demonstrate an upward direction and the visit of PM Modi to Tel Aviv should open another section in Indo-Israeli relations.