India and Israel: reinforcing the partnership

India and Israel: reinforcing the partnership

India and Israel share a unique partnership. It is both varied and comprehensive and is characterised by pragmatism and trust. It is transactional as well as strategic and has withstood the test of time and political transitions in both countries. The meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2014 underscored the bonhomie between the leadership of the two nations. The subsequent visit to Israel by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh in November 2014 clearly indicated the new Indian government's commitment towards the bilateral relationship.

This special report takes a closer look at some to intelligence sharing of the issues enumerated above with the objective of identifying areas where the relationship could be enhanced.

India and Israel are both powerful nations in their respective neighbourhoods and have considerable stake in ensuring their continued influence. Both the countries can therefore benefit from their bilateral engagements with China in view of its growing global economic influence. And while India, Israel and China each enjoy individual bilateral equations with the other two, given that both India and China are big markets for Israel and the India-China bilateral relationship seems to be growing steadily, possibilities of trilateral cooperation in the areas of defence, agriculture, water and energy can be explored.

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