Narendra Modi’s Israel visit: Tel Aviv’s journey from being a ‘pariah’ to becoming India’s strategic partner
In July 1977, a man entered a secret task to help his country forge diplomatic ties with India. However, he had to leave the country without being able to convince the indigenous leaders. The man was none other than Moshe Dayan, the legendary general of Israel became chancellor.
Dayan which did not do so in 1977, finally occurred in January 1992, when India and Israel finally established full diplomatic relations – the only Jewish state in the world. The significant change in the relationship does not develop in the short term.
First, India has recognized the existence of Israel on September 17, 1950. New Delhi has also allowed Tel Aviv to have a consulate in Bombay in 1953.
But with India on the side of the Palestinians, the ties were virtually nonexistent. It is true that even today, Israel is divided into Palestine, as India historically has supports with Pakistan.
India was the first non-Arab country to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the sole representative of the Palestinian people.
As a result, the PLO opened its office in New Delhi in January 1975, which received full diplomatic recognition in March 1980 – just weeks after Indira Gandhi returned to power either.
Foreign Minister Indira was PV Narasimha Rao, the man who finally helped India establish strong diplomatic relations with Israel. Under Rajiv Gandhi, India has become one of the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine in November 1988.
It is noted that PLO leader Yasser Arafat has had good relations with the establishment of India, especially the Gandhi family.
Former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh wrote in his book “Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past,” how Indira Arafat called his “big sister” after Cuba Fidel Castro has questioned his tantrums during the opening session Of the NOMAL Summit in March 1983.
In spite of this, India’s ties with Palestine were also built on certain principles.
First, a devastated shared India was against any partition based on religion. This explains why New Delhi voted against the creation of Israel in 1947.
Secondly, as a victim of colonialism, India led by Nehru was at the forefront of the anti-colonial struggle. The ethnic nehruvienne doubling the Palestinian cause as the fight against the colonial oppression of the West. Years later, when the United Nations debated whether Zionism is racism, India voted in favor of the resolution.
Yasser Arafat shared good relations with the government of India, making frequent trips to India. Reuters Yasser Arafat shared good relations with the Indian government, making frequent trips to India.
Third, India was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement, a group of Third World countries that did not align itself with the United States or the Soviet Union – the two Cold War superpowers.
However, the predominant line of thought in the NAM camp was closer to that of the Soviet bloc rather than being truly neutral. In addition, India was close to the communist superpower of the time, which had close ties to the Arab world (at least until the mid-1970s) and without diplomatic relations with Israel.
Although these factors have to a large extent play a decisive role in determining the links between India and Palestine, the Hindu right has been very scary congressional Congress losing its traditional Muslim vote behind India’s support for the Palestinian cause and Its refusal to establish links with Israel.