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Between India and Israel

The Evolution of India's Israel Policy: Continuity, Change, and Compromise since 1922 by Nicolas Blarel; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015; pp 472, Rs 995.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares for a visit to Israel. He would be the first head of government to make that journey. The first Israeli head of government to visit India was Ariel Sharon in 2003, when Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power (Prashad 2003).

Between 1948 and 1992, India had recognised Israel, but had not established diplomatic relations with the country. Subsequently, not only have the two countries exchanged ambassadors, but they have also become important trade partners. India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been challenged for its abandonment of the Palestinian people, who have suffered from Israel’s destruction of their aspirations. But the MEA has denied that there is any substantive change in its policy—to uphold the resolutions of the United Nations (UN) that sanction Israel for its occupation of the Palestinians and to ensure a proper peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians (Prashad 2014a).

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