India

  • Following Sharon Visit, Israel, India Prepare for Special Forces Exercise

    Seeking to strengthen defense ties following Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit here earlier this month, India and Israel are planning to hold joint military exercises for their elite special forces. To prepare for the exercises — which would be a first between the two countries if the plans come to fruition — a team… More ▸

  • Despite Dismay at Phalcon Deal Delay, Optimism Runs High on Sharon Visit in India

    With police snipers on every street corner, endless traffic rerouting and large swathes of airspace shut down, New Delhi on Tuesday could have been mistaken for a city under siege. But it was merely what authorities called a “Delta alert” — India’s way of showing visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that it, too, knows… More ▸

  • Sharon Goes to the Subcontinent to Boost Growing Israel-india Alliance

    Following in the footsteps of the 20,000 Israeli backpackers who flock to India every year, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will fly to New Delhi and Bombay next week for the first prime-ministerial visit there since the two countries first established full ties 11 years ago. Israel and India share a common enemy in the war… More ▸

  • ‘lost Tribe’ Emigres from India Adjust to Life After Making Aliyah

    Shlomo Gangte is a graphic designer, a documentary filmmaker and a recently ordained rabbi. That wouldn’t be so unusual, except that Gangte is one of the recently arrived members of the Bnei Menashe, a community from northeastern India that says it is descended from one of the biblical Lost Tribes of Israel. Along with 95… More ▸

  • Backgrounder India-pakistan Tensions Mirror the Israeli-palestinian Conflict

    When Israel this week asked its citizens to cut short their vacations in India, it was reacting to the mounting tensions between India and Pakistan. Centered on competing demands for the province of Kashmir, the conflict between India and Pakistan has a number of parallels to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: In both cases, territorial demands are… More ▸

  • Peres Visit Highlights Growing Ties Between Israel and New Ally India

    The official communique was rather dull: Foreign Minister Shimon Peres was on his way to India for a three-day-visit. Just another diplomatic trip? Hardly. This week’s visit is part of a fast-developing romance between the tiny Middle Eastern nation and India, the world’s largest democracy with more than a billion people. The strategic alliance could… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Israel Weighs Ramifications of India’s Defiant Nuclear Tests

    Israeli policymakers are treading warily around the potential pitfalls posed for the Jewish state by India’s nuclear tests. While Israel shares the world’s fears of a dangerous atomic arms race between Indian and Pakistan — fears heightened this week by reports of an imminent nuclear test by Pakistan — there are aspects and repercussions of… More ▸

  • Israeli President Visits India

    Ezer Weizman has become the first Israeli president to make an official visit to India. Israeli officials said they expected at least three agreements, in such areas as trade and cultural exchanges, to be signed during the weeklong visit, which began Sunday. Bilateral trade has grown between Israel and India since they established full diplomatic… More ▸

  • Israel, India Pen Trade Agreement

    Israel and India have signed a trade agreement aimed at significantly boosting bilateral commerce between the two countries. At a ceremony this week in New Delhi, Israeli Finance Minister Avraham Shochat initialed an agreement granting India most-favored nation trading status. The same day in Jerusalem, Israeli Trade and Industry Minister Michael Harish signed cooperation agreements… More ▸

  • Israel to Seek Drug Dealers in India

    Israel has disclosed that a unit of undercover Israeli police is to head to India to search for Israeli drug dealers, Israel Radio reported. The announcement Wednesday came amid widespread Israeli media reports about mass drug use and sales by Israelis in India, the destination of thousands of young Israelis each year. During the winter,… More ▸